If there’s one thing Niagara Falls is known for, it’s water. If there are two things, it’s water and wine, but if you were able to increase that list up to three, you would finally be inching toward what makes a Niagara Falls vacation so fantastic: water, wine, and food.
For the vacationer to Niagara who happens to book a trip that falls on April 15th, 16th, or 17th, you can have an easy gander at all three as the Niagara Food and Wine Expo takes place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, little more than a mile from our eponymous waterfalls.
One of the region’s premier wine and food events, every year the expo brings in a new slate of fun, education, and entertainment for anyone interested in the area’s viticulture, craft beer scene, and food. Here is small look at all there is to look forward to at the 2016 Niagara Food and Wine Expo.
Niagara is no stranger to celebrities, be they movie stars, rock and rollers, or chefs, and when you make your way to the Niagara Food and Wine Expo, you’ll see your fair share of food and drink stars, including John Catucci, the host of Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” and Stacey Simon, the host of Stacey Simon Rendezvous, a Gusto TV show that follows Ms. Simon from city to city as she indulges in one culinary adventure after another.
The Cheese Tasting Stage
No food and wine expo would be worth attending if the opportunity to sample food and wine wasn’t part of the fun. At this year’s expo, as in all years past, many opportunities to eat and drink abound, and one of the best occurs at The Cheese Tasting Stage. Led by a cheese expert from the Canadian Dairy Association, the stage will showcase cheese seminars all weekend long.
Stop by for a 40-minute class on Canadian cheeses. The cheese expert will guide attendees through notable characteristics of some of the country’s best and most notable soft, firm, and semi-soft cheeses. Each class includes tastings, and you’ll also be instructed as to how you should best pair cheeses with wine or beer.
As if all the food and alcohol wasn’t entertainment enough, each day of the expo will also feature some of the best in area entertainment. Many of the acts are singer-songwriters, but there will also be some jazz. While it may be hard to imagine, you’ll likely need a break from all the eating and drinking, and when you take it, the music will help you recover your faculties and energy, so you can go another round.
Tickets are $12 if you purchase them in advance, but they’re also just $15 at the door. Each ticket includes a complimentary wine glass that you can use throughout your time at the expo. Because of the nature of the event, guests must be 19 to enter, as that’s the legal drinking age in Canada. The show is open Friday, April 15th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Spend a weekend in Niagara Falls at the Niagara Food and Wine Expo. At least when it comes to eating and drinking in the region, you’ll finally see what all the fuss is about.