The Shaw Festival

The start of the summer season means that there is so much going on in Niagara!  Recently, as part of their Tourism night, the Shaw Festival invited us to watch Cabaret in the Festival Theatre in the heart of downtown Niagara on the Lake.

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What an amazing evening! From our picture being taken in the main hallway, to the lovely drinks offered by Konzelmann, one of Niagara’s many beautiful wineries – the evening was as picture perfect as one would expect from such a stunning location.

What a show! Cabaret is a moving play revolving around the ups and down of the often tumultuous relationship of an American writer in Berlin and nightclub singer Sally Bowles, during a time when the world is about to turn upside down with the rise of Hitler.  Caberet is “hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains” (Shaw Festival website).  The acting was superb, and we are still humming the incredible music in our heads.

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The 2014 season is in full swing, with shows like The Philadelphia Story, The Charity That Began at Home, Arms and the Man, When We Are Married, and so many more.   For a truly enchanting day or evening, going to the Shaw Festival is a must do this summer, for tourists and locals alike.

Please visit the Shaw Festival website for more information on show times, ticket prices, and so much more.

Thank you Shaw Fest for a great night – we had a blast!

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Photo Credit: George Bailey

Concerts at a Safari!

niagaranight2Who knew that you could see lions, tigers and… The Trews at the zoo, oh my! Well at Niagara Safari you can! The great concert series line up this summer will keep you rocking after the sun goes down;

July 13th: Trews & Finger 11

July 26th: Colin James
August 9th: Sheepdogs and 54-40
August 24th: Great Big Sea

You can buy tickets online, in person at Safari Niagara or over the phone 1-866-943-8849. There is concession service at each concert and a beer tent too. Everything you would possibly need.  A quick drive out to Stevensville and this could be yours. What better way to spend your warm summer nights then surrounded by friends, listening to some great music? Decide which band you want to see and book your tickets now, while they still last.

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Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebrations

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Niagara Falls is the place to be for your Canada Day celebrations! Not only does Niagara Falls have the world famous firework display to ring in Canada’s birthday, but lots of fun is planned throughout the city during the day as well.

canadadayThere will be a Canada Day parade, along Victoria to Queen Street, starting at 11:00am. The main stage, at city hall will have opening ceremonies with performances from Elton Lammie, Senior Star and Pop Sensation, which are playing at the Greg Frewin Theatre throughout the summer. Birthday Cake will be served at noon, but only while quantities last, so make sure you get there early!

Not only can you celebrate Canada Day but you can also celebrate the Niagara Falls community with demonstrations by Club Italia, Happy Feet Dance and many more. This is happening at the corner of Queen & St. Clair. All along Queen Street, you will also be able to enjoy our local delicious food vendors. Lots happening downtown!

Niagara-Falls-FireworksOnce you’ve had all the fun you can have on Queen Street, make your way down to Queen Victoria Park to watch the firework show and show your Canadian pride!

Niagara Food & Wine Expo 2013

niagara food and winePicture this. One giant room, filled with delicious gourmet food, award winning wines and thirst quenching beer! No, it’s not some adult version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Niagara Falls… it’s Niagara Food & Wine Expo happening April 26th-28th in the Scotiabank Convention Center.

This expo is jam packed with tons of exhibitors, entertainment, auctions and lessons. This year, join food and wine experts like Christopher Waters from VINE Magazine, Lydia Tomek from Hernder Estates, Sue-Ann Staff from Megalomaniac Wines and Kevin Brauch the Thirsty Traveller. Something that really sparked my interest is that Kevin Brauch will be putting on a tutored tasting called The World of Drinks. This man has been drinking in a ton of places and to learn from him and hear his stories sounds awesome! Tickets for his event are $45 and include your ticket to the expo as well.
The Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College will be bringing to The Chef Stage on-going, live demonstrations from chef masters. Watch and listen as they give you some tricks of the trade and create what are sure to be mouth-watering dishes.
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Alongside The Chef Stage, there will also be a Tasting Stage with 30 minute wine tastings for you to partake in. It is first come, first serve, so if you see a tasting that you don’t want to miss, make sure you get there early. The tasting is limited to 40 people/session.

And now, I know what you are all thinking. “Hayley! Tell us what delicious restaurants, wineries and breweries we can find on display.” Don’t worry, there is no short supply and you won’t be disappointed. Some of the restaurants that you can sample from include: 21 Club, AG Inspired Cuisine, Ponte Vecchio, and Sushi & Oyster Bar. There are also over 30 wineries to sample; Diamond Estates, Kacaba Vineyards and Between the Lines Winery! With Sample Tickets only being $1, it’s afforable to give lots of new things a try.
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The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is filled with so much information from wine pairings to delicious restaurant choices to fun cookware accessories. The event is 19+ and tickets can be purchased in advance to save $3 from the door price of $15. However you say it; Salut! Prost! Yamas! Cheers!

Wine & Exercise.. what a combination!

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Our friends at Pillitteri have created a wonderful package along with Hotel Yoga & Fitness to bring you alternating yoga and Zumba classes each Sunday at 9:00am throughout the rest of March.  For only $15/class, you can get some exercise and partake in a guided wine tasting.

Zumba and yoga are both great workouts. Zumba is more upbeat and will give you a good cardio work out; while yoga will help you relax and leave your body feeling wonderful afterward. Don’t worry if you have never done a class like this before, go in and have fun and remember that there is a delicious glass of wine waiting for you at the end!yoga

Little Log Chapel

Of course, Niagara Falls has always been thought of as The Honeymoon Capital, so where better to find a romantic, cozy little log chapel to get married in? Elope Niagara offers just that. This private chapel with secluded, serene surrounding outside of Niagara Falls in Stevensville is the perfect place to have an intimate ceremony, holding 2-10 people. Elope Niagara offers packages to help make your ceremony as special as you’d always dreamed it would be; great photography, adorable cupcakes and limo. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls.. the honey moon capital of the world! Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time, trying to plan the perfect day for your loved one. In Niagara Falls, there is a ton of different ways for you to celebrate this special day… no matter what your budget is. Continue reading

Wine Sense Events

wine sense eventsWine Sense Events is a business that focuses on bringing to light the delicious variety of wine that can be found here in the Niagara region. They offer exclusive wine & food tasting events or you can partake in one of their open events! Of course, we had to see what it was all about so Lisa and Jen were sent to investigate… they’ve come back and given me the scoop! Continue reading

Taste the Season in the Niagara Region

I have recently declared red wine as the best drink. Now this may not be everyone’s opinion but I know there are a ton of you out there who love their wine as much as I do… and this event is perfect for us! For the month of November you can “Taste the Season” here in Niagara with delicious wine and food pairings from many of our favourite wineries.

The wineries around the Niagara region do such a wonderful job making sure that there are lots of events to enjoy Niagara’s gems (not the waterfalls… the wineries). We have discussed a few of them in our blog from chocolate pairings to winter cocktails. It is the perfect excuse for locals to get out and appreciate what is in our own backyards and gives visitors something to do every weekend in November.

This year Taste the Season is featuring over 25 wineries, which I think could keep you very busy throughout the month. The passes are $44.25 (plus tax) and it allows you to try all the tastings featured. To get your taste buds going, check out some of these exciting pairings that you can enjoy!

- Lailey Vineyard is putting together a 2010 Chardonnay and a spiced squash soup with asiago and rosemary shortbreads (sounds perfect for a chilly afternoon in November)

- Pondview Estate Winery is pairing a 2010 Bella Terra Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay with diced sweet roasted red pepper and creamy smoked salmon tartlet (FANCY!)

- Jackson-Triggs is featuring a 2012 Black Series Meritage with house cured back bacon and St. Paulin Grilled Cheese, on roasted garlic bread with garden tomato and bacon jam (loving the upgrade on such a casual sandwich… seems you can find a wine pairing for everything)

 

 

 

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Winter Festival of Lights 2012

It is hard to believe that the Winter Festival of Lights is already upon us! The hard working Winter Festival of Lights staff have been working throughout the year to make sure that this year’s lights and events are just as special as you remember them to be!

If you can’t get out right away to see the lights, don’t worry! The displays will be there to enjoy until January 3rd and there will be various events and concerts throughout that time. The 6 km of over 3 million sparkling lights have become a staple for Niagara Falls in the winter. Last year Canoe.ca voted it one of the top 10 Canada’s best winter festivals and Frommer’s voted Niagara Falls as one of the top 10 decorated cities!