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Niagara Food and Wine Festival


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We are thinking of going down this way the weekend of May 2 and wondered if anyone knows if this is a worthwhile event to attend? We have in the past attended Food and Wine Fests in Ottawa but eventually gave up on them because the crowds were horrendous. If not this event, is there another event in the general area that we should consider going to instead? As far as timing goes, it could be any time this summer, not just that weekend. Thank you.

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I would happily head to this - but it's close for me and if I'm not enjoying myself and can easily bugger off home!  Anna and I have done the Icewine festival (as vendors) a couple of time - never again - too damn cold that time of year, but by May it's usually quite nice weather wise in Niagara.  There are lots of other things to do in the area - so I'd probably suggest you go for it.

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My wife and I are thinking of going to it for the first time this year.  We are talking about making a weekend of it with friends and staying at  our favourite B&B in the falls.   The vendor list looks pretty great  actually.  Better than some I have been to in Toronto and Hamilton.    Will have to check out  the new  brand name outlet mall in St. Catherines  and a our usually  quick side trip to Jordan Station for  The Upper Canada Cheese company.  ( best ricotta ever) 

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we did a quick day trip down to NF this afternoon with my sister and bro in law.   Stopped at forty creek distillery in stoney creek  for free whisky sampling, ( the reserve issues are 3$ for 3 samples I believe)  The big bass pro  store is open now next to the skyway and outlets and scoped out the general vicinity of the scotia bank centre in NF  .  Also stopped for wood fired pizza  at Antica in NF just off clifton hill.  great pizza  although the prices have gone up a bit. .    If you like calzones  you can ask them to do one for you  , if they aren't too busy they will, even though it isn't on the menu anymore. 

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Noticed how many cars were parked outside the Forty Creek Distillery on my way to work today - knew it was getting closer to spring.  Last time I stopped in I was the only person in there!

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The whole area is fantastic to visit any time.  I highly recommend the Pie Plate on Niagara Stone Road in Virgil, just past 40 Mile Creek Rd.  Outstanding pies, baked goods, sandwiches, and unusual but delicious pizza -- loved their cheddar/pear pizza and I tend to be a NY-style pizza purist.  Coffee is good and they have fabulous beer from the brewery across the street, which is also worth a visit. 

 

ETA, a visit to restaurant Treadwells is also worth the time.  Lunch is a good option if you're on a budget!  They have sadly moved out of their spectacular location on the river and into downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, but the food is still really good and they do a lovely job featuring delicious local wines. 

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Kerry. We noticed so many cars when we stopped but the store wasn't busy.  Then all of a sudden the place was packed , they had been on a  tour of the distillery and when it was over the store was crazy .  I did manage to get a taste of the forty creek spiked honey spiced.  It was very nice and if I can think of a way to use it beside sipping straight up I might buy a bottle.  The copper pot is still my fav though , and then the orig, barrel select. 

 

 

Sylvia -  I had never heard of The Pie Plate before thanks for the recommendation.   Most times we are down that way we visit Pillitteri winery  just outside of Virgil  , so  I  can stock up on their XXIII dolce bianco. 

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The whole area is fantastic to visit any time.  I highly recommend the Pie Plate on Niagara Stone Road in Virgil, just past 40 Mile Creek Rd.  Outstanding pies, baked goods, sandwiches, and unusual but delicious pizza -- loved their cheddar/pear pizza and I tend to be a NY-style pizza purist.  Coffee is good and they have fabulous beer from the brewery across the street, which is also worth a visit. 

 

ETA, a visit to restaurant Treadwells is also worth the time.  Lunch is a good option if you're on a budget!  They have sadly moved out of their spectacular location on the river and into downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, but the food is still really good and they do a lovely job featuring delicious local wines. 

 

I enthusiastically second Treadwell.

 

Kerry and/or Anna, I'd love to read more from you about the Icewine Festival. Last time I was in NOTL, I did a whirlwind tour of a bunch of wineries, focusing on Riesling icewines and Riesling in general. I took home some Konzelmann, Caroline Cellars, and Tawes (Twenty Mile Bench).

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