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Capture the Moment: Lifestyle Photographers in Niagara

nfhblog3One of the best things about any family vacation are the photos that you have to remember the experience. As one of the most photogenic places on earth, Niagara Falls and other locations around the area are perfect backdrops for wonderful snapshots of you, your friends, and your family enjoying time spent together in a wonderful place.

However, there’s just one problem.

No matter how hard you try, someone will always be left out of the photo. Of course, you could pack along a tripod and set it up every time you want your entire group in one photo, or count on the kindness of a passerby to take a photo and hope they don’t accidentally crop someone’s head out. But what if there is a better way?

Hiring a professional photographer for a day is a great way to be certain that all of your photos turn out exactly as you want and ensure that everyone is in place. You can choose any location in the area and come home with much more than photos for Facebook. These are a few local photographers who would love nothing more than to capture your vacation in frame-worthy photos.

Icing Sugar Photography

Wedding photography is the bread and butter for most of Niagara’s professional photographers, but lifestyle shoots are almost as popular. Icing Sugar Photography offers onsite family photography in your choice of location.

The family packages start at $225 and include an hour of photo time wherever you want to be. You could choose the mighty falls as your backdrop, the famous flower clock, or an ethereal shoot at the Butterfly Conservatory. No matter the location, you can be sure that you’ll receive high quality photos of your entire family so you’ll always remember your visit to Niagara Falls.

Sugar Photo Studios

nfhblog4Another of Niagara’s most popular photography experts are those at Sugar Photo Studios. These ladies are passionate about photography and specialize in weddings, maternity, and family shoots. They’re extremely flexible and would be more than willing to chat with you about your ideas and the types of photos you feel would best capture your experience in Niagara.

These photographers love to capture family fun amid the stunning scenery of Niagara Falls, so contact them about availability and photo packages that might suit your needs.

Muir Image Photography

Be sure to book ahead during peak wedding season, as Megan Muir of Muir Image Photography is one of the most popular in the area. Her photos capture all of the fun and intimate moments with her subjects, and the results are spectacular.

She can help you select a location that will suit your needs, and work with you to create a series of photos that embrace the natural beauty of Niagara as well as the personalities of your family or friends. You won’t have to worry about someone being left out of the shot and you’ll have stunning photos that will last a lifetime.

Lifestyle photography and the photographers who love to capture the vacation moments of their clients are becoming more and more popular. Consider hiring a professional during your next trip to Niagara, and come home with much more than just memories.


Niagara Falls’ Best Wedding Florists

NFHblog1Aside from the falls themselves, if there’s one thing that Niagara is most famous for its weddings. People from all over the world come to Niagara to celebrate their nuptials, and as we all know there is a lot of planning that goes into a wedding, and a destination wedding can prove to be a bit more complicated.

If you’re the type of couple that prefers to do their own wedding planning then you’ll know the challenges that you’ll come up against. Luckily, wedding vendors in Niagara make it very easy to get everything in place for the wedding of your dreams.

As flowers are one of the most important aspects of any wedding, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best florists in the area and any of these are sure to provide the blooms and greenery to make your special day a lot more colorful.

Fleurish Design Studios

Elegant and classic, Fleurish Design Studios in Niagara specialize in wedding arrangements and bouquets, and create beautiful, one of a kind floral designs that will take your breath away. From handheld bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids to boutineers for the men, the professionals at Fleurish will work closely with you to create the colors and styles to perfectly compliment your wedding theme.

They’ll also help you assess your venue and create stunning centerpieces and other arrangements that you may need for the church or reception location.

Wine Country Floral

Another of the area’s most popular wedding florist is Wine Country Floral, the exclusive florist for Vineland Estates Winery. They pride themselves on their one-of-a-kind arrangements and delight in using seasonal blooms and greenery, as well as cutting from their own gardens.

They service venues across the Niagara region and their florists offer professional consultations to ensure that the end result are the flowers you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to exquisite bouquets, they will also design and arrange blooms for your ceremony and reception locales, as well as flower crowns, boutonnieres, and any other flower request you may have.

nfhblog2Crescent Gardens Florist

Serving nearly every wedding venue in the region, Crescent Gardens Florist is one of the most popular choices amongst brides in the Niagara region and for destination weddings. Each arrangement is carefully handcrafted using only the freshest flowers, many of which are sourced locally.

Crescent Gardens will take charge of all the floral needs for your wedding, including bouquets, centerpieces, church flowers, floral archways, and more. In addition, because they are so familiar with the venues in the area, their professionals can guide you on style and design choices that will suit your personal taste and accent your wedding location beautifully.

Following in the footsteps of countless brides and grooms who have tied the knot in Niagara, a wedding here is definitely an event to savor for a lifetime. If you’re planning a Niagara wedding and need to have your flowers and arrangements professionally designed and created, any of these florists will suit your needs perfectly. And once you’ve place your flower order in the hands of one of these local florists, you can relax a bit and move on with the other plans for your special day.


Niagara Falls’ Best BBQ

nfhblog7Aside from the famous falls, one of the best reasons to visit Niagara is for the food. The region boasts a number of restaurants running the gamut from quaint cafe to five-star luxury. In addition, you’ll find most cuisines represented here, whether you’re in the mood for Thai or Mexican or anything in between.

However, one of the most popular types of cuisine in the United States and Canada is the simple, comforting, delicious BBQ. Made famous in the Midwestern and Southern portions of the United States, many would call BBQ an art as well as a style of cuisine, but we just call it delicious. On your next visit to Niagara Falls be sure to try one of these BBQ restaurants for a truly savory experience.

Jeffro’s BBQ

Hailed as Niagara’s original southern BBQ joint, Jeffro’s BBQ serves up classic Southern style BBQ dishes and all of the traditional and yummy sides to go with it. Brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs grace the menu along with burgers, salads, and drool-worthy appetizers like the brisket poutine.

On Tuesday evenings the locals descend upon Jeffro’s in their classic cars and a special menu is rolled out to celebrate. This is not only the best place to get BBQ in Niagara, but also a great way to get to know some of the people who call this area home.

Brickyard Pub & BBQ

Just a short distance from Niagara Falls in Lewiston, New York is Brickyard Pub & BBQ. With all meats smoked on site for 14 hours over a blend of hickory and fruit woods, this BBQ is the real deal. They also offer an extensive beer and bourbon selection.

Brickyard offers a delightfully big menu with a wide variety of smoked meat dishes, ribs, burgers, salads, and the side dishes you’d expect with good BBQ, such as coleslaw, beans, and mac and cheese. For those of drinking age in the United States you can even have a shot of bourbon as a side dish. Brickyard also sells their homemade rubs and sauces so you can take a bit of Niagara BBQ home with you.

The Great Niagara BBQ Company

nfhblog8While not strictly a BBQ joint in the way the other two places on this list are, The Great Niagara BBQ Company still fits the bill and has served many, many happy customers. They offer the traditional dishes you’d expect from a good BBQ restaurant, including pulled pork, ribs, steak. Their menu also includes a fun appetizer called the Pulled Pork Sundae, which consists of delectable pork layered with mashed potatoes and baked beans, served up like an ice cream sundae.

Unlike their counterparts, The Great Niagara BBQ Company offers a nice selection of hot dogs, including a “create your own dawg” option. Beans, pulled pork, cheeses, and sauces are all available add-ons that result in a one of a kind comfort food experience.

When in Niagara Falls you’ll have more food choices than you might expect. However, do yourself a favor and visit one of these BBQ restaurants during your stay and get a true down-South experience.


Niagara Falls Loves Families & Here’s 5 Top Reasons Why!

complex-small_480x360Amazing Location

The 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort is situated directly across the street from the incredible Niagara Falls and just steps away from the city’s top Niagara Falls Attractions. Falls Avenue Resort is located in the middle of Niagara’s lively tourist district with many resort attractions located right on Clifton Hill, the street of non-stop family fun.

Best Fallsview Guaranteed

Falls Avenue Resort features more than 1,200 guestrooms and suites, many of which feature some of the best views of Niagara Falls. Each of the resort’s four hotels has been recognized with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, and the Skyline Inn is a past recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Family Travel in Canada. Book a fallsview room and enjoy the spectacular fireworks from the comfort of your own room.  Hotels are directly connected to Falls Avenue Resort’s many lively family entertainment venues, great family dining choices and located across the street from the Falls.

Family Fun at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark offers non-stop fun for people of all ages with 16 waterslides, a 1000-gallon tipping bucket, giant wavepool, year-round outdoor activity pool, plunge bowl, sundeck, adult-only Jacuzzis, and much more. It has been named the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award Winner for Amusement Parks & Waterparks in Canada for three years in a row and is a waterpark experience unlike any other.

Dining Choices for Everyone

Falls Avenue Resort has plenty of delicious dining options sure to please any appetite. Guests can venture into the wild at the Rainforest Café, experience a rock & roll haven at Hard Rock Café, dine with the stars at Planet Hollywood, or create an ideal meal from the many delicious culinary delights at the Fallsview Buffet restaurant. The options are endless and dining has never been so fun.

hersheyHershey’s Chocolate World Experiences

The Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. This 7,000 sq. ft. retail experience is the only store of its kind in Canada and features decadent fresh Hershey’s treats, packaged favourites and exclusive Hershey’s memorabilia. Families can indulge in chocolate dipped strawberries, rich milkshakes, creamy fudge, freshly baked cookies, and much more. 

About Niagara Falls Hotels:

Niagara Falls Hotels is a collection of world-class hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail stores located in the heart of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Situated on the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort entertainment complex in the heart of the city’s tourist district, our properties offer unparalleled views of Niagara Falls and unforgettable getaway experiences for people of all ages.


Get Cooking in Niagara Falls

nfhblog5Niagara Falls is known around the world for the high quality and diversity of its cuisine. Celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver have taken advantage of the high-quality ingredients in the area and have opened restaurants that are booked solid throughout the year.

While you can feast on all types of delicious dishes during your visit to Niagara Falls, other culinary adventures are at your fingertips. Cooking classes, long popular in other parts of the world, are popping up all over the Niagara region and any of these will make a wonderful addition to your Niagara itinerary.

Strewn Wine Country Cooking School

Located at Strewn Winery, one of the most popular wineries in the region, Strewn Wine Country Cooking School offers a variety of classes focusing on local ingredients and food and wine pairings. Their classes are held very frequently and you can choose from a number of different types depending on length.

Their Saturday classes are five hours in duration and you will cook and eat the entire menu, as well as learn about the best wines to pair with your dishes. They offer an extended course that takes place over a Saturday evening and Sunday morning, as well as a five day culinary vacation where you can not only cook but visit local markets and farms as well.

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is where students from all over the world go to learn their trade from master chefs. Luckily, they also open their doors and offer classes to anyone with an interest in cooking, baking, wine pairing, and other aspects of the culinary industry.

They offer private cooking classes for groups of six or more where you’ll have the chance to cook alongside one of their experts and prepare an exquisite meal. Pastry and beer, wine, and spirits classes are also available, as are private tours of the entire state-of-the-art facility.

Chef Mark Picone Dining Experience

nfhblog6While not necessarily a cooking class, a dining experience with Chef Mark Picone at his culinary studio is bound to teach you a thing or two about food, the slow food movement, and the farm-to-table mentality. Chef Picone hosts lunches and dinners at a studio near his home where he delights in sharing his years of expertise with culinary aficionados.

But the dining experience is not the only treasure that Chef Picone offers. His home and dining studio are located on a small but highly regarded vineyard which produces grapes for other vintners. So not only can you expect a perfectly prepared meal, you can also be assured that the wines paired with the meal are expertly chosen.

Trying something new when you travel is always a good idea, and it’s part of the overall experience. On your next visit to Niagara Falls consider one of these unique culinary and cooking experiences. In addition to your favorite Niagara souvenirs you just might return home with a few brand new kitchen skills.


Niagara Is for Bird Lovers

NFHblog3Spring has sprung and with that comes all of our favorite outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, and exploring the beauty of the Niagara area are just a few of the opportunities guests can enjoy during this time of the year. However, one of the most popular of the springtime outings in the region involve our fine feathered friends.

Whether you’re an avid birder or just love to see love to see wildlife in their native habitats, Niagara is the place to be. In fact, the Niagara Corridor is designated as a Globally Significant Important Bird Area, due largely in part to the sheer number of native and migratory bird species in the area, and spring and summer are the best times to see them.

Be sure to pack your binoculars and visit Niagara Falls birding hotspots to witness some of these magnificent creatures on your next vacation.

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

Not only can you take in the sweeping views of Lake Ontario from Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, but it’s also the best place in the region to spot bald eagles, vultures, and other birds of prey. The hiking trails are well maintained and some of the trails are wheelchair accessible.

The lookout platforms are the best vantage points to spot the eagles as they soar on the updrafts of warm air. You may also see herons, egrets, and numerous songbirds here as well.

Mud Lake Conservation Area

nfhblog4As a man-made marshland, Mud Lake Conservation Area is vital to the health and safety of migratory birds and is a bird watcher’s paradise. Several trails wind through the wetlands and there are wildlife viewing blinds that are accessible by canoe.

Waterfowl are abundant here and you can see many different types of ducks, geese, egrets, herons, and perhaps even a magnificent swan. The conservation area is open all year, but spring, summer, and fall are the best times to catch a glimpse of the birds.

Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area

Once a limestone quarry, the Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area is now an important sanctuary for birds, reptiles, mammals, and native plants. This area was also part of an ancient shallow sea, so fossils of long extinct plants and animals can be seen in some of the exposed quarry walls. It’s important to be careful here; some of the fossils have been damaged or stolen by careless or unscrupulous visitors.

The Niagara area is home to more than 19 species of gull, and you could possibly see them all here. In addition, you can spot terns, herons, egrets, and many more wading and shoreline species. The conservation area is open year round and does offer hunting on strict schedules and with proper licensing.

Birds are one our best connections with nature, and once you begin to pay attention to their activities it’s almost impossible to stop. Make your next trip to Niagara even more special by visiting one or more of these incredible bird watching sites. Who knows? You may even leave a self-described birder for life.


Rainy Day Fun in Niagara Falls

NFHblog1If there’s one thing you can count on in Niagara Falls it’s that you’re going to get wet at some point. Whether it’s on a boat ride under the falls or at one of the area’s many water parks, it’s a simple fact that you’ll get wet at least once.

But what do visitors do when it rains?

Weather is always fickle and it’s hard to tell if your visit will include a rainy day, but there are plenty of indoor activities to chase away the rainy day blues during a trip to Niagara Falls, and these are just a few of them.

Bird Kingdom

This local treasure is the largest free-flying aviary in the world and is the perfect way to while away a few hours during a rainy day. Kids and adults alike will love the many colorful bird species that call Bird Kingdom home, and the Lorikeet Landing is especially popular as these little beauties seem to love posing for photos on the arms of visitors.

In addition to the birds several varieties of reptile live here, and there are various special habitats to explore. Bird Kingdom also offers a cafe and gift shop.

Butterfly Conservatory

Another great way to forget about gray skies is to visit the wonderfully colorful Butterfly Conservatory. Over 2,000 butterflies live here amongst their native, tropical plants and flowers. The greenhouse-like atmosphere will transport you to the equatorial jungle as you walk through the paths surrounded by butterflies.

The Butterfly Conservatory lies within the confines of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

IMAX Niagara

NFHblog2What better way to spend a rainy day than at the movie theater? But this is not your everyday, average movie theater. IMAX Niagara offers visitors a unique perspective on the mighty falls and some of the history and lore surrounding the area.

IMAX Niagara is currently showing “Niagara: Miracles, Myths, and Magic” and you can also visit the Daredevil Exhibit which houses the barrels, boats, and other vessels in which 16 people attempted to go over the falls. Even if it’s a bright, sunny day this is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss.

Casino Fun

For those adult visitors who might wonder what to do on a rainy day, why not visit one of the casinos? Even if you’re not a gambler casinos are vibrant, lively, fun places to be and a rainy day spent here will not be a day wasted.

The Seneca Niagara Casino offers great evening entertainment, or you could try the Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino which are both open 24 hours a day for all of your entertainment needs. Shopping, dining, gaming, and more are available at any of the area casinos and are sure to provide you a fun respite from inclement weather.

It’s never ideal when rain or other types of bad weather occur during your vacation, but rest assured that your Niagara Falls vacation won’t suffer. Choose one or more of these activities if you wake up to a rainy day, and everyone can have some fun.


Spotlight on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Shaw Guild Garden Tour

nfhblog5When most people hear the words “Shaw” and “Niagara-on-the-Lake” in the same sentence, they rightfully think of the city’s fantastic Shaw Festival — a repertory theater event that spans months and dozens of excellent plays each and every year. While the Shaw Festival is definitely one of the region’s most prized attractions, it’s just one of many, and just one of many that shares the same name.

For fans of theater, a trip to NOTL is always in order during the late spring, summer, and early fall months. For fans of gardens, landscaping, and the beauty of the Earth, a trip to NOTL in June is warranted as well. Here is a closer look at one of the under-heralded but truly remarkable events taking place in Niagara-on-the-Lake this June: The Shaw Guild Garden Tour.

On June 4th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can join other lovers of unique and beautiful homes and gardens on a tour of NOTL’s Old Town and some of its best-kept and little-seen gardens. Experience a formal knot garden whose perfectly manicured boxwoods border an acre of pristinely curated and cared for space. Step into a Japanese garden inside a private courtyard with a reflective pond bordered by wisteria, clematis, and more.

From outdoor patio spaces crafted with living trees, bushes, and plants to waterfalls and a wide variety of impressive trees and unusual shrubs, the tour boasts eight different private gardens that range from small to large. A one-day-only event, you can experience them all as part of the Shaw Festival’s offerings for the season. Tickets are just $25, and the tour will be a much-loved addition to almost any Niagara vacation itinerary.

nfhblog6Here is a closer look at the eight gardens on the tour:

  • The Penman Residence. Featuring both an outdoor kitchen and an outdoor dining area that includes perennials like foxglove, peonies, and valerian, this residence also boasts a small, secluded pond.
  • The Todd Residence. This relaxing outdoor space is surrounded by clematis, giant grasses, hydrangeas, yews, and a changing cast of annuals.
  • The McCaughy Residence. From the secret dining area to the waterfall and hot tub, this garden offers a wealth of opportunities to rest in seclusion, while surrounding visitors with hostas, heucheras, Japanese reed grasses, and maple trees.
  • The Thomas Residence. A formal boxwood hedge grants entrance to this beautiful garden where a wealth of trees, grasses, daylilies, hydrangeas, and other perennials await.
  • The Smith Residence. With a pond bordered by coneflower, hostas, and ligularia, this yard also boasts a ginko tree, garden statues, and a lovely lilac display.
  • The Misiak Residence. From the arbor covered in wisteria to the herbs, apple trees, and strawberries, this garden is a perfect blend of eye-candy and eating considerations.
  • The Laroche Residence. With over 100 elegantly shaped boxwoods, raised beds filled with herbs, 100-year-old willows, a formal knot garden, and more, this property one of the region’s most impressive.
  • The Penner Residence. Featuring a Japanese garden along with a stunning courtyard, this space also includes clematis, a reflective pond, peonies, and Japanese Larch trees.

Give yourself the garden tour of a lifetime in quaint and charming Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Shaw Guild Garden Tour offers an enduring look at some of the finest, private outdoor spaces in the whole Niagara region.


When Wines Declare War…

nfhblog3While it’s rarely expressly stated, wine making is as much about competition as it is about the value, preservation, and expansion of viticulture. Why else would so many wineries vie for titles, awards, and other proofs of prowess if part of the thrill of making wine wasn’t about doing it better than anyone else?

Niagara has long enjoyed a stellar reputation as a region that produces some of the world’s finest wines. It’s also well-known as a region whose wineries and vineyards enjoy a conviviality and camaraderie that is second-to-none. That being said, however, it would be far from the truth to declare that competition had no place in winemaking on the Niagara Peninsula.

One perfect case in point is slated to take place on Friday, June 3rd, at Vineland Estates Winery. Called “The Battle of the Wineries,” it’s a showdown of the most delicious kind — a multi-course meal with pairings from two friendly rival wineries. It’s a winner-takes-all competition where bragging rights are prize, and dinner attendees are the judges. Here’s a little bit more about the event should you be vacationing in Niagara over the first weekend of June.

The Chef

Chef Justin Downes is the Executive Chef at the Restaurant at Vineland Estates Winery. Originally from the Niagara region, he is wholly committed to the excellent farms around him, and his menus always reflect the season’s local bounty. For the Battle of the Wineries, he and his team are preparing a five-course meal that will include some of the finest Niagara produce, fish, fruits, meats, and cheeses. An evening with a Chef Downes menu is almost guaranteed to provide an unforgettable immersion in the best of Niagara food.

The Wineries

nfhblog4Vineland Estates Winery is the winery that will be enjoying a “home court advantage” for the dinner and dual pairing. Not only will their chef be the one doing the cooking, but the event will also take place on their grounds. Vineland Estates offers a VQA wine experience that’s one of the best in the region. For over 30 years, the winery has been making excellent wine. The tours they offer are second-to-none, and just being on their property — a former Mennonite homestead with buildings that were built as far back as the 1840s — can feel like a hallowed experience.

Located in Jordan, Creekside Estate Winery will be the “traveling team,” but they are just as storied and committed to top-notch winemaking as is Vineland. In addition to great tours, delicious wines, and a strong competitive spirit, their grounds boast one of the largest and oldest underground barrel cellars on the Peninsula. Committed to the environment, Creekside also encourages cyclists to stop by for a tour and a taste. Should a cyclist purchase more wine than she can carry, Creekside will ship purchases that include six or more bottles to any address in Ontario for free.

It’s highly recommended that you reserve your tickets early for this friendly meal and wine pairing battle. Tickets are $80 for the five-course meal, and an additional $55 for the pairings from both wineries — $135 for the whole experience.

So come to Niagara where the wines declare war, and the wine drinker is always the winner.


What You’ll Love at This Year’s Graze the Bench

nfhblog1Graze the Bench is one of the Niagara Peninsula’s premier wine and food events. A spring celebration of new and beloved vintages, each year’s Graze the Bench features eight select wineries, that bring their favorite chefs and a bounty of food and drink to attendees over the course of the first weekend in June. Live music, unbelievable wine, delectable food — here’s a look at exactly what you’re going to love at 2016’s Graze the Bench.

Fielding Estate Winery

Serving a NV Sparkling Rose, a 2014 Estate Bottled Riesling, and a 2013 Cabernet Franc, Fielding Estate Winery will be joined by Dobro Jesti. The food pairings will include goat cheese–filled risotto balls on marinara and a dish called Chicken Za Dilla, which will feature radicchio, romaine, and arugula and a garlic and dill aioli.

Angels Gate Winery

Two 2013 wines, a Gamay Noir and a Riesling, are this winery’s features. The food accompaniment will be Jambalaya from Smokin’ Buddha. Vegetarians needn’t fret: A vegetarian option will also be available.

Hidden Bench Vineyard and Winery

Hidden Bench will be offering three different wines: their 2013 Hidden Bench Red, a 2013 Estate Riesling, and their 2014 Locust Lane Rose. Chef Victor Barry will provide a slider filled with slow-roasted pulled pork topped with pickled onions, crema, and cilantro. A vegetarian pairing will also be provided.

Organized Crime Winery

Organized Crime will be pouring their 2014 Break-In Pinot Noir and their 2015 Pinot Gris alongside food from El Gastronomo Vagabundo. The menu includes Chef Hynam-Smith’s interpretation of the Land Down Under’s famous Bull Boar Sausage, as well as a smoked beef brisket served on top of a beer waffle with cole slaw and hot sauce.

Mike Weir Winery

One of the gems of Mike Weir Winery, their 2010 Reserve Merlot, will be making an appearance at this year’s Graze the Bench. They will also be pouring a Weir Canadian Made Chardonnay. To complement the wine, The Yellow Pear Food Truck will serve icewine-braised pork belly with cucumber, mint, kohlrabi, fried onion, and fennel pollen. A vegetarian option, as well as a gluten-free option, will be available, too.

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery

nfhblog2Enjoy three excellent wines from Peninsula Ridge, including their 2014 Peninsula Ridge Estates Shiraz, a 2015 Wismer Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, and their 2015 Beal Vineyards Cabernet Rose. Food will be offered by the winery’s restaurant and will include a Garden Gazpacho with pesto, a braised lamb shank with a foraged mushroom strudel, and a micro-greens salad to accompany each dish.

Thirty Bench

Thirty Bench will pour three of their finest and least fussy wines: a 2013 red, a 2014 rielsing, and a 2015 rose. The wines will be accompanied by food from Tide and Vine Oyster Company, including a fresh oyster bar and a Niagara burger topped with grilled wild shrimp.

Rosewood Estate Winery

Rosewood Estate Winery is showcase three very different wines at this year’s Graze the Bench, including a 2015 Gamay Rose, a 2015 Reserve Riesling, and their 2014 Locked & Loaded, a pleasant and complex red table wine. Food accompaniment by Chefs Mike McColl and Patrick Engel will include a fried buttermilk chicken sandwich and shrimp and grits with chorizo. A vegetarian option will be available, too.

If there was ever a time to visit Niagara to take in the food and the wine, it’s this June 4th and 5th for the inimitable Graze the Bench.