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The Niagara Wine Festival

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Niagara is on the cusp of an annual celebration that brings the residents to the streets and wineries and parks to show their love for the Niagara wine industry and its many facets. This year the event appears to be larger than ever before and will feature the time-tested favourite events alongside new additions in their inaugural year.

Affectionately remembered by the locals as the Grape and Wine Festival, this event has been a part of life in Niagara for 61 years.  It caters to all demographics with activities for people aged 1 to 100. Here’s a look at a few highlights that you can’t miss at this year’s Niagara Wine Festival.

Pied Piper Parade – Saturday September 22 at 11am

Queen & Lake in St. Catharines

The theme for 2012 is Storybook Characters Come to Life, and the children of Niagara will be out in costume to depict their favourite storybook characters. Dress the kids up for their chance to win great prizes and meet storybook characters in Montebello Park.

The 61st  Annual CIBC Grand Parade – Saturday September 29 at 11am

Queen & Lake in St. Catharines

With the 1812 Bicentennial inspired theme, “History Comes Alive” it can be predicted that 2012 will be another exciting year for this banner event. There is a procession of marching bands, community groups, majorettes, drum corps and more. This event is the highlight of the biggest day for the festival as the parade-goers fill Montebello Park to enjoy the inflatables, characters, activities and more for the kids, and of course the wine and food aplenty located in the park!

The WestJet Centre Stage

Throughout the festival there will be concerts aplenty with acts for every age and musical preference! Listed below are the 2012 Centre Stage headliners:


Date Time Group
Friday September 21 9:00 – 10:30pm Platinum Blonde
Saturday September 22 7:15 – 10:30pm Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen Tribute
Sunday September 23 6:15 – 8:00pm Blue Radio – Blue Rodeo Tribute
Friday September 28 8:00 – 10:30pm The Caverners – A Tribute to the Beetles
Saturday September 29 8:00 – 10:30pm Nik and the Nice Guys
Sunday September 30 6:45 – 8:00pm Walk Off the Earth

Watch our Wine Festival videos from last year>>>
Check out pur Wine Festival photos from last year>>>

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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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