Easter Egg Hunting in Niagara Falls

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image001Niagara Falls is a remarkably popular holiday destination, even during the bleaker winter months. Not only are the waterfalls a stunning sight even when it’s cold and icy, but hotel accommodations are less expensive, and the Winter Festival of Lights is underway from November through January, routinely attracting over 1 million people to its lush and luminous displays.

As the days begin to lengthen and the weather slowly warms, however, other holidays enter the calendar, and it turns out that spring has its own reasons for visiting Niagara Falls that rival winter’s. In particular, Niagara Falls hosts a couple of separate Easter egg hunting forays: one for kids and one for dogs.

For Kids

image003While no one is certain when the first Easter egg hunt took place, the fun and competitive tradition has been around for at least a few hundred years, and children, it seems, have always been the primary participants of the hunt. Niagara Falls has its own version of the egg hunt that takes place every year on the Friday before Easter at Fireman’s Park. Put on by the Stamford Volunteer Fireman’s Association, the day’s events start at 11 a.m. and include face painting, a coloring contest, a bouncy castle, visits with the Easter Bunny, guessing games, Boy Scouts, 400 pounds of chocolate, and, of course, Easter egg hunting. Children from ages 4 to 6 can hunt for eggs at 11 a.m. and noon.

Children ages 7 to 9 can hunt eggs at 11:20 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Kids from 10 to 11 can hunt at 11:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Children 3 and under can look for eggs at any time. Admission to the day’s events is just $3 per child or a food donation to Project SHARE, a nonprofit organization in Niagara Falls that supplies emergency food and support services to people in the area living at or below the poverty line.

For Dogs

Hosted by National Service Dogs (NSD), an organization that works to provide specially trained Golden Retrievers and Labradors to families and individuals in need regardless of their ability to pay, this Easter egg hunt for dogs and their owners is a fundraiser for NSD. Each year, NSD trains and graduates roughly 30 dogs, and this Easter egg hunt fundraiser and others like it are one of its primary means of funding. Participants collect donations and pledges related to the number of eggs (plastic eggs filled with a dog treat) their pooch can find. There are multiple hunt locations on the Friday before Easter, and this year, each location will give out a grand prize of a Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off carpet cleaner package worth over $350. Bring your dog or just go for the fun. The hunt takes place at Burgoyne Woods in St. Catherines. Registration is at 10:00 a.m., and the hunt starts at 11:00 a.m.

Spend Easter in the Niagara area this April. Whether you have children or dogs, or you just like to watch a good egg hunt undertaken for a good cause, these two Easter egg hunting events make being in Niagara in early spring an ever more attractive option.

4 Fantastic Women of Niagara Falls

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NFH7.jpegMarch is National Women’s History Month, which serves to remind everyone of the important women of the past and present. Niagara Falls has long appreciated the power women wield to shape history; in fact, some of Niagara’s most significant developments occurred because of the wits and wisdom of women. If you visit Niagara Falls in March, make sure you remember these four women while you enjoy Niagara’s amazing attractions.

1. Lelawala

You have likely heard of the Maid of the Mist, the must-see boat tour that takes tourists up close and personal with the mystical water at the base of the falls. However, you might not have heard about the legendary American Indian woman who gives the boat its name.

According to the Ongiaras Tribe (the group that lent their word for “thundering water” to the entire Niagara region), long ago a young woman name Lelawala was wholly distraught by the loss of her husband and decided to throw herself off the edge of Niagara Falls. Instead of crashing into the water below, Lelawala was caught by Heno, the god of thunder, who invited her to live with him and his sons behind the Falls’ veil of water.

Lelawala is said to have lived for several decades with the gods, mothering several children and saving the nearby human tribes from certain ruin, including from pestilence, flood, and famine. Without Lelawala’s diligent eye, the native peoples around Niagara may not have been around to enlighten European explorers of the region’s fertility.

2. Theodosia Burr

Despite the natural romance in the misty air, Niagara Falls wasn’t always the Honeymoon Capital of the World. For much of history, Niagara Falls was simply a magnificent wonder enjoyed by a handful of local colonists and native American Indians. However, around the beginning of the 19th century, Theodosia Burr — noteworthy daughter of America’s third vice president, Aaron Burr — decided to travel to the rumored waterfalls with her newly minted husband, and a worldwide tradition was born.

Following in her footsteps, millions of newlyweds flocked to the landscape. Today, countless thousands of couples make the pilgrimage to Niagara Falls every year to experience the natural ardor of the region, and it is all thanks to Theodosia.

NFH8.jpeg3. Laura Secord

While the War of 1812 may pass through the sieve of American memories, it remains one of the fiercest military skirmishes that Canada has ever fought, especially on its own turf. Situated squarely on the border between America and Canada, Niagara Falls was a contentious zone filled with bloody battles. American and Canadian families alike were torn apart on the battlefield.

One woman sought to end the troubles of her family by intervening in the military efforts. Laura Secord, a Niagara local, by chance overheard the military strategy of the American armies on the Niagara peninsula. Frustrated and frightened by the frequent war activity that threatened the livelihood of her and her husband, Secord refused to wait for a military messenger; she walked 20 miles through the Niagara wilderness spotted with enemy camps to deliver her news to the closest Canadian military company. As a direct result of Secord’s heroism, the Canadians were able to ambush the Americans and push them out of peaceful Niagara.

4. Annie Edison Taylor

It is difficult to imagine Niagara Falls without thinking of the long legacy of daredevils that flock to this astounding place. It is even more difficult to imagine that these risky stunts were all inspired by the work of one 63-year-old woman looking for fame and glory.

In 1901, Annie Edison Taylor realized late in her career as a schoolteacher that she had not generated enough savings to keep her housed and fed for the duration of her retirement. Instead of resigning herself to the poorhouse, she designed a large, oak barrel, stuffed herself into it, and threw herself off into the rushing water of the Niagara River and down the plummeting Falls. While she suffered little injury, she gained little fortune from her act. Still, despite Taylor’s admonitions against others attempting the feat, dozens of copycats have tried (and succeeded as well as failed) to survive a trip down the Falls.

Enjoying Mardi Gras Throughout the Year in Niagara Falls

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NFH5.jpegEvery year, on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, people of all denominations celebrate a holiday of fantasy and whimsy. With faces covered in masks ranging from heavily ornate to mysteriously simple, bodies outfitted in outrageous costumes ranging from scandalous to hilarious, people take to the streets to revel in what traditionally was the last glorious day of excess and joy before the 40 days of mourning prescribed by the Christian Church.

However, even as fewer people participate in Lent every year, the Mardi Gras practices of eating lavishly, imbibing copiously, and generally being merry in any and all manners continue across the world — in many places well past the singular date of Mardi Gras.

While Quebec City may be the Canadian town most notorious for Fat Tuesday festivities, the French Canadians have nothing on Niagara Falls. Though the annual celebration occurred on February 17, Niagara Falls is dedicated to continuing the party well into spring. Here are all of Niagara’s hot spots where you and your friends can enjoy in the dazzling Mardi Gras style throughout the season.

Niagara Nightlife

Even though Niagara Falls is frequently called “The Honeymoon Capital of the World,” the city is as well-known for starting love affairs as it is solidifying them, and there is no better place to meet new people than in a crowded club filled with music and dancing. Niagara Falls boasts some of the best destination bars and clubs in the country, which means you and your friends will have no shortage of late nights to make merry during Mardi Gras.

One club in particular takes the familiar and exciting atmosphere of Mardi Gras to the extreme: Instead of carousing for just the season, Club Mardi Gras welcomes Fat Tuesday pleasure seekers all year-round. Inspired by the wild and free celebrations of New Orleans, Club Mardi Gras provides partiers masks and beads with the hope of encouraging fanciful fun. Bright lights, loud music, and elevated dancing cages ensure a thrilling night; as goes the slogan of Club Mardi Gras: What happens behind the mask stays behind the mask.

Niagara Falls also offers a bevy of other exciting bars and clubs to provide the Mardi Gras spirit of scintillation and satiety. Here’s a shortlist of Niagara’s hottest places to get your revelry on:

  • Rumours Nightclub. Dedicated to hot beats and cold drinks, Rumours knows how to get a party going. The club cultivates only Niagara’s best DJs, and the regular crowd is always rowdy — in a good way for Mardi Gras celebrations.
  • Club Rouge. Rouge is the newest club to hit Niagara’s scene, but it opened with a bang and hasn’t stopped running since. Effectively balancing elegance and high spirits, this club is an excellent choice for both a kickoff point and a last stop on your night of merrymaking.
  • Club Se7en. Long touted as the crown jewel of Niagara’s night scene, Se7en is as sophisticated as it is boisterous — the perfect atmosphere for Mardi Gras. With a full bar and dancefloor ready all night long, you might never want to leave this club.

NFH6.jpegThe Morning After

Even after all-night revelries at Niagara’s best bars and clubs, you can spend your days in the Mardi Gras spirit. You can enjoy a relaxing day full of winery tours replete with luscious tastings and mouthwatering food pairings; in fact, Reif Estate Winery welcomes Mardi Gras celebrations on March 7 with discounted prices and festivity-specific food.

You may also choose to spend your days luxuriating in the pools at Fallsview Indoor Water Park or wandering around Niagara’s myriad beautiful parks and gardens. After all, you’ll need to conserve your energy for more nights of Mardi Gras magic at Niagara’s nightclubs.

Experience the Brand New Niagaralicious Culinary Series

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niagaralicious-2Experience the very best in Fallsview dining and accommodations with Falls Avenue Resort’s brand new Niagaralicious culinary series. This unique hotel and dining experience offers guests the opportunity to choose from specially crafted menus at amazing Fallsview restaurants such as the 4-Diamond Windows by Jamie Kennedy, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and high-energy themed dining at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls. And to get the most amazing and well-rounded Fallsview experience, guests can pair their dinner with accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview. Niagaralicious is a unique and exciting dining opportunity that showcases the very best of Niagara Falls.

How to Tour Umbria, Italy via Ontario, Canada

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NFH1.jpegMost travelers looking for sunshine and Italian cuisine think first of Tuscany, high on the leg of Italy’s boot. However, Tuscany has become incredibly popular in recent years, and excessive numbers of world tourists are stamping out the region’s provincial charm.

Just to the south, the tiny region of Umbria is quietly being heralded as Tuscany’s successor in terms of food and feel — and there is no better place to get a taste of Umbria than in good old Niagara Falls, Ontario.

On Friday, March 6, world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Capra is paying his respects to the unique culture found in Umbria with an Umbrian-inspired menu and wine list. Read on for more information on this one-of-a-kind culinary adventure you can only find in Niagara Falls.

Umbria’s Delights

Affectionately named “The Green Heart of Italy,” Umbria is the country’s fourth smallest region — bordered neither by coastline nor by mountains — yet one of the biggest and best Italian producers of olive oil and wine. Because of its lack of popularity among tourists when compared to its northern neighbor Tuscany and the southern metropolises of Rome and Venice, Umbria has retained a large amount of its stunning natural landscape, which remains somewhat mystical in light and atmosphere to travelers and locals alike.

Landlocked, Umbria’s traditional foods are not influenced by the sea as is more familiar Italian cuisine. Instead, food critics explain that Umbrian cooking is particularly rustic, governed now as always by the earthy foods grown in the region’s fertile soils. For example, standard Umbrian recipes rely heavily on whole grains like barley, wheat, faro, and spelt mixed copiously with fresh, rich fruits and vegetables; Umbrian olives are notoriously luscious — which is why the region’s olive oil industry is booming — and black truffles are a common delicacy as they grow bountifully in the region’s forests.

NFH2.jpegNiagara Falls’ Homage

Massimo Capra is well-known as one of the world’s top chefs in Italian cuisine, which is why Niagara Falls is so proud to claim his iconic restaurant, the Rainbow Room.

Every day, the Rainbow Room in Crowne Plaza serves up unparalleled Italian cuisine crafted from Niagara’s fresh produce raised in the local landscape; guests can enjoy succulent lobster bruschetta, chicken alla diavola (roasted chicken breast), and black truffle gnocchi, among dozens of other sumptuous dishes. Most Niagara Falls visitors simply cannot miss a meal at the Rainbow Room any time of year, but in March, guests will receive a special treat.

In continuation of Capra’s tour of Italy’s varying regional cuisines, the Rainbow room will spend the evening of March 6 wholly transformed into a vessel for the delights of Umbria. Guests are welcome to come for cocktail hour and enjoy the company of the illustrious chef in person, as well as mix and mingle with fellow food and wine lovers from across the globe. Capra will prepare a night’s worth of dishes, including a handful of canapes and a five-course dinner, exploring the intricacy and extent of Umbria’s cuisine.

Additionally, the evening will celebrate masterful winemaker Marco Caprai of Arnaldo-Caprai Winery, who has won countless awards for his efforts with the sagrantino grape. Each dish will come perfectly paired with a traditional glass of wine, and certainly no one will leave the table disappointed with Umbria or Ontario.

Quintessential Canadian Cuisine

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nfh7.jpegNot many people immediately think of Canada when they are asked to name countries with excellent cuisine. However, though Canada may not include particularly exotic ingredients, the food produced here is certainly some of the world’s best.

In honor of February’s celebration of the 26th annual Cuvee festival, a gathering where Niagara’s most talented chefs and winemakers present their fare to locals and visitors, here are some of Canada’s most iconic foods to sample during your next trip to Niagara Falls.

1. Maple Syrup

It isn’t just coincidence that put the maple leaf on Canada’s flag — it is Canadians’ profound love of the sticky, sweet sap the tree produces. As versatile as it is iconic, maple syrup isn’t just for breakfast foods; natives will drizzle it on just about anything, from pancakes to bacon. Cooked into candy and mixed into marinades, maple syrup shows up in Canadian recipes you’d least expect. Make sure to try as many maple goodies as you can while you’re north of the border, and bring back a bottle, or five, of the sap to experiment with your own maple creations.

2. Poutine

This monstrosity of a meal is becoming more famous in the United States, but it remains a recognizably Canadian dish. French fries slathered in gravy and littered with cheese curds makes for a salty, gooey treat that will fill your calorie requirement for at least two days — but somehow, it’s always worth it. While there are many variations on poutine, you should start out with the traditional three ingredients for the real Canadian experience.

3. Beaver Tail

Though Canada developed into an important colonial holding due to its profitable beaver trade, this noteworthy treat has nothing to do with the dam-building rodents. Instead, a beaver tail is a huge, sweet pastry, perfect on cold Canadian days. Shaped like their namesake, sweet pastry dough is then topped with the diner’s preferred garnishes, which can include chocolate syrup, fruit, sprinkles, or, of course, maple syrup.

4. Nanaimo Bar

Another favorite Canadian dessert, the Nanaimo bar is much simpler to make at home than the beaver tail, but the real thing can only be tasted at a Canadian bakery — though they require no baking whatsoever. The treats are layer cookie bars, and like poutine, they have spawned several hundred varieties due to their popularity. However, the traditional Nanaimo bar as first created in Nanaimo, British Columbia, features a graham cracker base, vanilla custard filling, and chocolate ganache top.

nfhj8.jpeg5. Bannock

Every culture has its own type of bread: Jews have challah, the French have baguettes, and the American South has cornbread. Canadians enjoy a quick, biscuit-like bread called Bannock that is incredibly adaptable to any meal. Covered in icing and sprinkles, bannock tastes just like a doughnut. Wrapped around a hotdog, bannock is buttery and crisp just like a toasted bun. During at least one meal in Niagara Falls, you are bound to find bannock sitting next to your plate.

6. Ketchup Chips

Americans enjoy dipping potato chips in a variety of sauces — from French onion to Mexican bean — but very few would ever consider slathering their crisp in bright red ketchup. However, ketchup is such a popular topping for potato chips in Canada that familiar chip vendors in the states, Frito-Lay for example, produce (and frequently sell out of) ketchup-flavored varieties. While these snacks won’t win a culinary award anytime soon, you won’t find a bag of Ketchup chips in America, so you should sample them while you have the chance.

February Frights: Where to Be Scared When It’s Not Halloween

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nfh5.jpegOctober is well known as the month to be scared. Halloween allows for at least 31 long days of ghosts, goblins, and the like lurking in the shadows for the perfect opportunity to make you jump. For a large portion of fall, haunted houses abound around the country, and those who enjoy everything creepy and crawly can feel comfortable. However, as soon as the sun rises on November 1, it all goes away.

Not many places offer year-round frights, but Niagara Falls is one of them. The region might be recognized primarily as a romantic place to be with your significant other, but its ancient and tumultuous history has made the city and surrounding region into a veritable wonderland for those yearning to be scared. This February — or any month you need a good jump — head to Niagara Falls to feel chills in any of the following places.

Haunted House

Legend has it that the proprietor of a successful coffin factory, Abraham Mortimer, was killed one night as a band of rowdy youths taunted the eccentric man, and while giving chase, a stack of completed oak coffins collapsed on top of him. Not long after his funeral, Mortimer’s grave was found disturbed and his final resting place completely empty. Following his death, the factory went defunct and fell into disrepair — but locals still attest to Mortimer’s protective presence in the place.

Nightmares Fear Factory offers visitors the chance to test their courage against the terrifying menace of Mortimer’s spirit and all else that lurks in his ill-fated factory.

nfh6.jpegWax Museums

Cities all over the globe contain wax museums — locations that house wax reproductions of famous people and events — and nearly all of them offer some kind of freak factor. The uncanniness of the figures coupled with their stiff, corpse-like positions is enough to make anyone’s skin prickle. Niagara Falls’ wax museums are no different. The city boasts two magnificent sites housing some of the best wax figures you are likely to ever see, all in easy walking distance within Niagara’s tourist district.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks specializes in famous faces of today and presents more than 100 recognizable figures in 16 distinct displays. Visitors are welcome to take photos alongside their favorite celebrities, including Hilary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Lennon, Oprah, and more.

Movieland Wax Museum proffers a completely different atmosphere: one of fantasy and Hollywood excitement. Instead of capturing celebrities as the really are, this museum prefers to show them in the roles that made them famous. Visitors can step into a tropical jungle and snap photos of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones; then, they can wander onto Elm Street for an encounter with the villainous Freddy Kruger. There is even a special House of Horrors for thrill-seekers eager for a more intense scare.

Ghost Tours

From the expulsion of natives to the bloody battles of the War of 1812, Niagara Falls has been the setting of some gruesome historical events.

Paranormal experts attest that the trauma of these events lives on in the plethora of truly haunted locations in the city and surrounding area. Those looking for a guided tour of the region as well as a chance to see active paranormal sites may wish to investigate Niagara’s various ghost tours to find the perfect experience.

3 Reasons to Take Your Valentine to Niagara Falls

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nfh3.jpegIt’s nearly February, which means there is precious little time left to plan an extravagant Valentine’s Day celebration for the person you love. While rumors and legends abound regarding this holiday’s exciting origins, Valentine’s Day remains one of the few days a year devoted to observing the wonder of steady relationships, which makes it especially sacred among loving, committed couples.

If you have been negligent in the planning of your Valentine’s Day, don’t fret: Niagara Falls is a romantic paradise year-round, which makes it a perfect destination for you this February 14. Read on to find out why you simply can’t miss out on Niagara’s Valentine’s splendor.

1. Legendary Destination

It is no fluke that Niagara Falls has long been heralded as the Honeymoon Capital of the World. The concept of the honeymoon got its start in the 19th century, when recently married couples were sent away to exotic or exciting locales to spend time with only each other. Niagara Falls became a haven for starry-eyed lovers around the same time honeymoons were becoming common practice; a handful of famous faces, including Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia, have made the trek to experience this wonder of the world, and since then, countless committed couples have visited the region after saying “I do” to revel in the power and serenity of the Falls. You and your honey would be another important couple in the long legacy of lovers in Niagara Falls.

nfh4.jpeg2. Thrilling Views

Niagara Falls, which includes both Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the two American waterfalls, can rightfully claim an astounding breadth of adjectives, though most visitors’ favorites are: breathtaking, awe-inspiring, majestic, and — no surprise here — romantic. Simply setting eyes on the waterfalls makes most travelers’ hearts skip a beat, and sharing the experience with a close lover may cause unending fibrillation (figuratively, of course).

You and your sweetheart can enjoy views of the Falls from a variety of angles. The Niagara Parks system offers lookouts all around the escarpment and valley, and a handful of vendors provide unique looks at the Falls from below and behind. For a new heart-stopping experience, consider bringing your valentine along on a helicopter tour of the region. You’ll see birds-eye views of the waterfalls and surrounding areas and make memories to last your lifetime together.

3. Nighttime Strolls

Niagara Falls is as beautiful at night as it is during the day. While the sun is up, the bright, natural rays glitter on the fast-moving water and highlight the mysterious mists, creating an ambiance unlike anywhere else. However, after sunset, the landscape definitely doesn’t fall into distressing darkness. Instead, the city and Falls shine even brighter.

While the appealing attractions of the city twinkle in the background, couples can stroll along any of the walkways overlooking the Falls to see them illuminated in all colors of the rainbow — including passionate reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day. Is there anything as romantic as a simple stroll with your darling on a bright night?

Brand New Microbrewery Set to Open May 2015 At Falls Avenue

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Niagara Brewing Companybrewery-profile-no-circle is a brand new microbrewery opening in May 2015 on Falls Avenue Resort, in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist district. This unique property will offer guests first-rate craft beer, developed on-site by brewing industry veterans. Niagara Brewing Company will utilize locally sourced ingredients in carefully crafted brews in order to offer a truly unique Niagara Falls experience.

Niagara Brewing Company is the latest addition to the local craft beer movement and is committed to offering guests first-rate beer in an amazing setting, just steps away from the spectacular Niagara Falls.

Culinary Canada: Niagara’s Cuvee Weekend

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nfh1.jpegNiagara Falls and the surrounding regions are known for their abundant fertility, which is why so many foodies journey to the area to experience it. Every day in Niagara is a celebration of the Earth’s bounty and the talent of food and beverage artisans, as countless restaurants and wineries showcase the region’s local flavor.

However, at the beginning of every year, Canada’s most illustrious chefs and winemakers pay homage to the area in the annual Cuvee festival that takes place right in the middle of Niagara Falls. This year, you too can taste the best of Niagara Falls during Cuvee in late February.

What Is It?

Cuvee is a celebration — of the glorious food, wine, and company available in Niagara Falls. However, more specifically, Cuvee is comprised of three events that beckon foodies from all walks of life.

The first is the Grand Tasting. With an atmosphere not unlike an outdoor fair, this event offers guests samplings of the region’s best wines and foods, freshly prepared and poured at countless live cooking stations around the room.

Directly following the Grand Tasting is a less formal and more moving event: an after-party entitled Apres Cuvee. After becoming sated on the award-winning food and wine, guests are welcome to dance off their meals to live entertainment and enjoy sparkling wines and craft beers well into the night.

Finally, the largest and most flexible event of the festival is Cuvee en Route, which takes guests directly to the region’s best wineries and restaurants for specially prepared flights of wine and meal pairings. The list of participating vendors changes and expands every year due to the popularity of Cuvee.

When Is It?

In 2015, Cuvee will take place during the last weekend in February. That means from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, visitors will be subject to some of the best food and wine on the continent.

Arguably the most exciting event, the Grand Tasting, occurs the very first night, February 27, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Apres Cuvee then spans 9:30 p.m. to midnight. However, Cuvee en Route can be enjoyed at all times during the following two days of the festival.

nfh2.jpegWhere Is It?

Niagara Falls is more than a city — it is an entire culinary region waiting to be explored. While the kick-off event, the Grand Tasting and its accompanying after-party, is held in the Fallsview Casino Resort, the vast majority of the festival’s activities take place all around Niagara country. Cuvee en Route will take you to various wineries and restaurants to sample specially prepared meals in iconic spaces.

How Do I Get In?

Tickets are currently on sale for any of the events of Cuvee. The Weekend Ticket grants permission to all of the festival’s attractions, including the Grand Tasting, Apres Cuvee party, and Cuvee en Route. Alternatively, for less expense, visitors can purchase only a Passport for Cuvee en Route to gain access to the special services at participating wineries. Note that attendees must be at least 19 years old to purchase tickets.

While the festival is meant to be enjoyed as a cohesive unit, guests are allowed to opt out of certain events in favor of exploring other areas of Niagara Falls, like the verdant parks or thrilling attractions. After all, foodies may be devoted to high-quality meals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a boat ride or an arcade game while on vacation.