March Madness takes over Niagara-on-the-Lake

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We’re experiencing mildest winter on record (so far) here in Niagara-on-the-Lake and meteorologists are forecasting an early, warm spring so we’re getting ready to welcome the throngs of visitors who return to Niagara-on-the-Lake every year. Judging from the line-up, it looks like March is one big culinary extravaganza, with a dose of music and dancing thrown in.

 

Dine in splendour at incredible savings

March break isn’t just for kids! During the month of March, you’re invited to choose from three perfectly priced dining experiences with seasonally-inspired menus prepared by chefs Frank Dodd of the Trius Winery restaurant and Jason Parsons of the Peller Estates Winery restaurant.

Daily from March 4 through 31, these notable chefs will serve five-course tasting menus at their respective restaurants, priced at only $59 per person, plus wine, taxes and gratuities.

And on Saturdays throughout March, you’re challenged to put your nose and palate to the test when the madness continues at Trius Winery restaurant where you can amplify your senses at an interactive dining experience for $90/person, plus taxes and gratuities, with a four-course menu complete with secret wine pairings in opaque black stemware.

Reserve online at Trius Wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Peller Estate Winery Restaurant.

Dine in luxurious surroundings at the Trius Winery Restaurant.
Dine in elegant surroundings at the Trius Winery Restaurant.

Celebrate Niagara’s winemaking excellence

Known for its tranquil vineyards, unique local pairings and award-winning wine, Niagara is recognized as the birthplace of Ontario’s modern wine industry. So it’s only natural the Cuvée Grand Tasting event, a celebration of excellence in Ontario Winemaking, would be held in Niagara Falls.

Hosted by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, the 2016 Cuvée Grand Tasting takes place Friday March 4 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

These are events foodies and wine enthusiasts don’t want to miss, so be sure to book your stay at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Two glasses of white wine and bottle
Niagara is renowned for its quality wines.

Salute to history

On March 12, the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada invite you to join them as they present a special Regency Ball at historic Navy Hall. Festivities kick off at 7:00 p.m. with live music, dancing, light fare and merriment. Karen Millyard, a professional dance instructor, will lead the dances and regency costumes or business attire are appropriate.

Tickets are $30/person and space is limited. For more information call 905-468-6621 or email admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca.

Calling Johnny Cash fans

Love Johnny Cash? Then, perhaps this tribute to the country singer is up your alley. From 8 p.m. to midnight on March 12, Marty Allen and the Memphis Three will pay tribute to Johnny Cash at the Royal Canadian Legion located at 410 King Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Legion or by calling 905-325-5704.

Broadway hits Niagara-on-the-Lake

On March 19, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., a group of Niagara’s most talented and passionate artists will perform some of the most famous Broadway hits, featuring songs from Wicked, Chicago, Les Miserables and many more! This one-night only cabaret takes place at Corks’ Playhouse Theatre located on the upper floor of Corks Winebar & Eatery. Call 289-668-0482 to purchase tickets.

Something’s brewing in Niagara

On March 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Niagara College Teaching Brewery is hosting its first annual Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Benchmark Restaurant at the NOTL Niagara College located at 135 Taylor Road. A four-course menu will be paired perfectly with brews selected and introduced by Brewmaster Jon Downing and chef Alex. The cost is $100/person including taxes and gratuities. Call Elisabeth Vint at 905-641-2252, ext 4071, to reserve your seats now.

The Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara-on-the-Lake Niagara College.
The Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara-on-the-Lake Niagara College.

Easter brunch

On March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., join Niagara Parks chefs as they prepare and serve their fabulous Sunday brunch offerings at the Queenston Heights Restaurant situated at the foot of Brock’s Monument. For a glimpse at their tempting menus, visit the Niagara Parks website. Easter Brunch promises to be a popular feast, so reservations are highly recommended.

Shaw’s back in town

March is gearing up for the 2016 Shaw Festival Season, which begins on April 9 with the 2 p.m. performance of Our Town at the Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you haven’t purchased tickets to the Shaw Festival 2016 season yet, you can do so online at shawfest.com where you can also check out this year’s exciting calendar.

The stage is set for a Shaw Festival performance at the beautiful Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-lake.
The stage is set for the 2016 Shaw Festival season at the beautiful Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-lake. (Cosmo-Condina Photography)

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake has gained much popularity in the past few years, so be sure to book your favourite room at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake early.

The front garden at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Relax in the front garden at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

Posted by Donna S. Vieira, owner of Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.