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Sensational Winter WineFest

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Winter Winefest

The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time for everyone, a new year of change and a new year of experiences. So much to do, so much to look forward to and the Twenty Valley Winter WineFest is an incredible event that should absolutely start off the list.

Icewine is a really crazy concept. The grapes are picked at temperatures of −8 °C and below, which causes the water in the grape to freeze but not the sugars and other solids. When the fruit is pressed, you are left with a small amount of concentrated, very sweet wine and is kept in balance by its high acidity. Two of the largest producers of icewine in the world are Canada and Germany, with 75% of Canada’s icewine coming from Ontario.

The Festival kicks off Friday night (January 9) with an exciting Country line-up and runs until January 11. The first night will see the talented CCMA Female artist of the Year, Kira Isabella headline the stage, along with local artists The Jeff Brown Band, up and comer Dylan Menzie from PEI and Leah Daniels. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance and will help fund local charities.

The music keeps coming on Saturday with a rocking set of free concerts presented by 97.7HTZ-FM. The must see show of the night will be the 2013 HTZ-FM Rocksearch winners The Glorious Sons along with The Mohrs and Yukon Blonde.

The excitement doesn’t stop here as Cave Springs will be hosting the ultimate after party January 10 from 10pm – 1am. There will be plenty of beer, Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers and Cave Spring Wines along with live music and amazing appetizers.

Saturday January 10, 2015
11:00amMain Street Opens
11:15amBroken Cadence | Main Stage
12:30pmOfficial Opening
12:45pmVogue in the Valley Fashion Show
1:15pmBroken Cadence | Main Stage
2:00pmWinemaker’s Barrel Challenge
2:30pmTwenty Valley Chef Black Box Challenge
2:30pmMean Bones | Main Stage
3:30pmTwenty Valley Chef Black Box Challenge
3:45pmMean Bones | Main Stage
5:00pmWheel House | Main Stage
6:00pmThe Chef Michael Smith Sweet. Sparkling. Sensational Dinner!
6:15pmThe Mohrs | Main Stage
7:15pmYukon Blonde | Main Stage
9:15pmThe Glorious Sons | Main Stage
10:00pmThe Cave Spring After Party
Sunday January 11, 2015
11:00amMain Street Opens
11:15amPeter Boyd & The Swayin’ Sommeliers
11:30amThe Chef Michael Smith Icewine Brunch
12:15pmPeter Boyd & The Swayin’ Sommeliers
12:30pmCupcake Cooking Demo with Sweetie Pies & OLAF!
1:00pmVogue in the Valley Fashion Show
1:45pmIrene Torres & the Sugar Devils | Main Stage
2:30pmChef Michael Smith Cooking Demo
2:45pmWinemakers Barrel Challenge
3:15pmIrene Torres & the Sugar Devils
3:30pmChef Michael Smith Book Signing
4:15pmTwenty Valley Chef Black Box Challenge
4:30pmSpecial Pop Up Band (TBA)


The Author

Marc DeLisio is the Director of Marketing and Technology at Naturally in Niagara. Marc loves Niagara, and is striving to make it an even better place to Live, Work, Play, Invest and Retire!

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