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Niagara Wine Festival 2013

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With the 2013/2014 Grape King just announced, it is officially time for the Niagara Wine Festival to begin. It is a celebration that sees the downtown streets on St. Catharines alive with festivities including the Grand Parade and the outdoor dining and wining experience of Montebello Park. So what can you get up to at the Festival this year? Here is our must-hit list of festivities:

September 21 – Jump Up Dinner Dance

It’s the 45th Anniversary of the Twinning of St. Catharines and our twin city, the Port of Spain! The St. Catharines and Regional Twinning Association will host the Jump-Up Dinner Dance on September 21 at the Dunlop Seniors Centre. The dance starts at 5:30pm, includes dinner and is only $25 per ticket.

September 28 – The Grand Parade

The 62nd Annual Niagara Wine Festival Grand Parade is the centerpiece of the festival and will surely receive rave reviews yet again. The theme for 2013 is “Honouring our Heroes: Then & Now” to commemorate the War of 1812 and Niagara Region’s strong historical roots.

September 14 – 29 – Festival in the Park

It’s the ultimate way to celebrate the Niagara Wine Festival as is evidenced by the crowd of thousands that take to Montebello Park for the decadent bites and irresistible sips of Niagara purveyors. Enjoy live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Entertainment Lineup for Opening Night, Friday, September 20:

7:15 – 8:30 pm | Images in Vogue
9:00 – 10:30 pm | The Spoons

Saturday, September 21

12:00 – 12:45 pm | Golden Hammers
1:00 – 2:45 pm | Permtones
5:00 – 6:45 pm | Back in the Daze
7:30 – 10:30 pm | Elton Rohm, A Tribute to Elton John

Sunday, September 22

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Theatre Crisp
1:45 – 2:45 pm | Jermaine Cowan
3:00 – 4:45 pm | Barbarosa
5:00 – 8:00 pm | Hotel California, A Tribute to the Eagles

Friday, September 27

6:30 pm | Scotty Shennan and the HotStone
8:00 – 10:30 pm | The Caverners, A Tribute to the Beatles

Saturday, September 28

12:30 – 2:15 pm | Crystalyne
2:45 – 4:00 pm | Mrs. Johnston
4:30 – 6:15 pm | Jonesy
6:30 -7:30 pm | Soul Jam
8 – 10:30 pm | Desire, A Tribute to U2

Closing Night, September 29

1:00 – 2:45 pm | Evermile
3:00 – 3:45 pm | Marty Allan
5:00 – 5:45 pm | The Black Spurs
6:00 – 8:00 pm | The Wheat Kings, A Tribute to The Tragically Hip

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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