“Plenty,” just about sums it up. Don’t know what to do? Check out this week’s line-up:
WEDNESDAY EVENING SUPPER MARKET
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.
This weekly fun event features food trucks, prepared foods, oysters, cheese, fresh local produce, artisans, live music, Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, local breweries, and more.
SEAFOOD BBQ AT REIF ESTATE WINERY
Friday, June 13, 7 to 10 p.m.
Kick off this weekend’s New Vintage Festival celebrations with an evening in the Reif vineyard with fresh shucked oysters and then dive into a seafood platter offering their version of Frogmore Stew featuring Canadian Atlantic Lobster Tail, P.E.I. Clams, Alabama Wild Gulf Shrimp and Tide and Vine’s own sausage all paired with Reif wines. Finish with a fresh-baked strawberry shortcake paired with their new surprise release under a starlit sky! $95 per person plus taxes and gratuity includes dinner, three glasses of wine, dessert and live entertainment. 25% off for Reifstyle wine club members. Call 905-468-WINE ext 21.
CLOCK TOWER COMEDY FESTIVAL
On Friday, June 13, from 8 to 9:45 p.m., Corks Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting some of the country’s best stand-up comics and rising stars. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. On Saturday, June 13, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., the event moves to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre at 10 Anderson Lane, with some of the country’s finest stand-up comics and rising stars. Hosted by Jeff Paul, with Graham Kay, Rebecca Kohler, Nick Beaton and Ryan Belleville. Saturday tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 905-468-1950
TRIUS MOVIE NIGHT IN THE VINEYARD—SILVERLININGS PLAYBOOK
Friday, June 13, from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.
The annual Trius Movie Night in the Vineyard takes place every Friday night in June in Trius’ scenic vineyard where attendees over 19 can enjoy a movie, a glass of wine, a souvenir glass and a bag of popcorn for $15 a ticket. The Dinner and a Movie tickets for $85 dollars consist of a three-course meal paired perfectly with Trius wine. Remember, dinner starts at 6 p.m., doors open at 8.30 p.m. and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Trius will happily provide chairs and additional food and wine can be purchased.
FARMERS’ MARKET AT THE VILLAGE
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Market becomes a wonderful gathering place for locals and visitors looking for genuine community and great local food. The Market’s vendors all originate from the Niagara Region, and all produce is 100% Niagara, grown by the people who sell it.
FRANK DODD’S COOKING SCHOOL—TRIUS WINERY AT HILLEBRAND
Saturday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Love to cook? Here’s an opportunity to learn tips and tricks from a Gold Medal Plates winning Chef Frank Dodd who invites you to share (some of) his best-kept kitchen secrets. Before your culinary adventure begins, mingle with your classmates while enjoying a glass of our famous bubbly, Trius Brut paired with gourmet snacks during a Sparkling Reception. Then, settle in for an interactive, one-hour cooking class, following which, sit back and relax as the team serves up a three-course lunch showcasing the dish Frank demonstrated complemented by some of Trius’ best wines. Participation is limited to only 30 people per class, so book soon to avoid disappointment. $110 per person + taxes and gratuities. Call us at 1.800.582.8412 x 2 to reserve your place.
NIAGARA NEW VINTAGE FESTIVAL
Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 11:00 a.m. to midnight
Tour the wine route for a fresh taste of the newest vintages! The New Vintage Discovery Pass is your gateway to eight Niagara wineries to enjoy VQA wine and culinary pairings throughout the two weekends of the Niagara New Vintage Festival.
HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
One-hour tours begin every Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park at the end of King Street. Your stroll finishes at the Niagara Historical Museum where you receive free admission with your ticket. Tickets are $10.
KITCHEN TABLE LUNCH—PELLER ESTATES
Saturday, June 14, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Interested in learning what goes on behind the scenes at Peller Estates Winery Restaurant? Then join them for an afternoon in Chef Parsons’ kitchen where you’ll have a front-row seat to watch his culinary team in action. It all begins with a glass of their award-winning sparkling wine while listening to a culinary brigade host share the secrets of pairing food and wine and culminates in a seasonally-inspired four-course tasting menu expertly paired with Peller’s award-winning wines. $97 per guest plus taxes and gratuities. www.peller.com or 1-800-582-8412 ext. 2
TRIUS RESTAURANT—HARVEST TABLE LUNCH
Saturday, June 14, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join Trius for a dining experience around their Harvest Table to enjoy an intimate lunch hosted by a member of Chef Frank Dodd’s culinary team as they share local food and wine stories. The experience begins with a Sparkling Reception with artisanal charcuterie in Cellar 63, leading into a three-course menu featuring wine and food grown in the same soil. $65 per person plus taxes and gratuities. www.triuswines.com or 1.800.582.8412 ext. 2
WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS AT RAVINE WINERY
Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Discover how certain types of wine and cheese make the perfect pair. Each weekend in June head over to their tasting bar and enjoy three different cheeses paired with their organic wines while soaking up the sun on their patio. Pairings are $10 per person at the tasting bar.
TRIUS BLACK GLASS DINNER
Saturday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Start off the evening in the Trius winery boutique with a guided tasting led by one of their resident wine experts, who will take you through the paces of their wine portfolio to prepare you for the competition with some tasting tips and tricks. Next, settle in for a four-course seasonally-inspired menu from Chef Frank Dodd, complete with secret wine pairings disguised in opaque black stemware. With the assistance of the Trius team, use your newly-acquired skills to guess the wine paired with each course. Red or white? Chardonnay or Riesling? Merlot or Cabernet Franc? Put your nose and palate to the test! To the victor go the spoils. Guess the most wines correctly and you’ll be rewarded with a bottle of award-winning Trius Brut to take home. $120/per person. www.triuswines.com or 1.800.582.8412 ext. 2
A DINNER TO CELEBRATE SPARKLING WINE AT PELLER ESTATES
Saturday, June 14, 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Start with a Sparkling Reception as you enjoy sipping on Peller’s award-winning Ice Cuvée & Ice Cuvée Rosé as a winery expert explains the unique process of producing, fermented and even tips for opening. This sparkling reception concludes in a collaborative demonstration on Sabering a Bottle of sparkling wine. Move onto a four-course tasting menu, where each course is paired with a one of the grape varietals used to create their sparkling wine. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and both Vidal & Cabernet Franc Icewine! $125 per person or $115 for Wine Club Members, exclusive of taxes and gratuities. www.peller.com or 1-800-582-8412 ext. 2
KITCHEN TABLE DINNER—PELLER ESTATES
Saturday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. to11:00 p.m.
If you are a culinary voyeur, this experience is for you. Your ‘Backstage Pass’ provides access to a front-row seat in Chef Parsons’ kitchen to watch his culinary team in action. Begin the evening in the kitchen with a glass of Peller’s award-winning sparkling wine and canapés while listening to a culinary brigade host share the secrets of pairing food and wine. Your experience culminates in a seasonally-inspired seven-course tasting menu expertly paired with award-winning wines. $165 per guest plus taxes and gratuities. www.peller.com or 1-800-582-8412 ext. 2
SOUTHBROOK VINEYARDS OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Southbrook Vineyards Annual Open House, Taste the Place, is happening on June 14 and 15. This is a weekend of tasting new releases in the vineyard complemented by tours with their winemakers, their vineyard manager and their proprietors. Additionally, they are offering Yoga in the Vineyard on June 14 at 12:30 p.m., free for any who wish to join in.
One thing is certain: you’ll never be bored in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
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Posted by Donna Vieira, owner and operator of Globetrotters Bed & Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake.