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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Niagara Grape & Wine Festival presses on with fun new options for summer and fall 2020
Catharines, ON -- While it may look a little different than in the past,
the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is rising to the challenge of
creating a new blend of safe wine country experiences for this fall.
From a fun new approach for the beloved Grape & Wine Parade to a new
initiative that will bring the festivities of Montebello Park to your
own backyard and creative new ways to enjoy and explore Niagara’s
wineries, the 2020 vintage of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival will
provide Niagara residents and Ontario wine lovers a fresh, safe way to
experience the Festival’s most popular events and activities.
The Next Best Thing to Partying In The Park
group size restrictions will prevent the traditional Montebello Park
festivities from taking place this year, the Niagara Grape & Wine
Festival will offer new ways for participants to continue to enjoy the
wine, music and fun. Concerts from headline bands will be live-streamed
on the Internet on Saturday, September 19 and Saturday, September 26.
Ontario bands that have always dreamed of taking the main stage at the
Festival will have the opportunity to submit an online audition later
this summer for a chance to win one of 6 opening act opportunities.
wineries will create Grape & Wine packs that will include a
selection of wine and themed goodies to help bring the fun of the
festival to your own backyard. The specially priced boxes will be
available for no-fee delivery across Ontario or curbside pickup at
The Parade Must Go On
a large-scale street parade isn’t feasible given current social
distancing guidelines, this year’s Meridian Porch Parade invites Niagara
residents, both on and off the traditional parade route, to bring the
fun to their front door. Later this summer, residents who plan on
showcasing their Grape & Wine spirit will be able to register their
house, building, street, or neighbourhood at www.niagarawinefestival.com.
On September 26, the Niagara Grape & Wine Porch Parade team will
visit to capture the fun on film and judge their efforts for a range of
friendly contest categories, including Best Costumes, Best Neighbourhood
Spirit, Best Decorated House and more. The festivities will be captured
on film and shared live via webcast and through social media channels
to allow the whole region to enjoy seeing everyone’s Grape & Wine
According to City of St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik,
"The Niagara Grape & Wine Parade is an institution. It was
incredibly important to the City of St. Catharines that we still find a
way to safely celebrate the important role that area grape growers and
wineries play in our community. I know that the residents of St.
Catharines will do a great job keeping the celebration alive in their
front yards this September."
A Supersized Grape & Wine Discovery Pass Program
a record number of wineries on board, more days and extended hours,
this fall’s Niagara Grape & Wine Discovery Pass touring program will
be bigger and better than ever. By purchasing a $50 Discovery Pass
Passport, wine lovers can enjoy a total of 8 signature wine and food
pairings at over 30 Niagara wineries beginning September 17th. A discounted food-only Discovery Pass will also be available for $40.
Grape & Wine Festival has launched an all-new Niagara Wine Country
Check-In web tool that allows users to reserve their Discovery Pass
experience in advance. In addition to the perk of being able to skip the
lines, making a reservation using this new tool also grants guests
access to specially designated socially distanced tasting areas.
Additional options are in the works, including a self-guided tour tool
that will allow winery guests to use their smartphone to explore
“Whether it’s an unexpected frost or a
devastating draught, Niagara’s grape growers and wineries are regularly
faced with unexpected challenges. They don’t have the option of
cancelling a harvest. They press on and rise above the adversity to
create a unique vintage. Their fortitude has been our inspiration for
creating a fresh new take on this fall’s Niagara Grape & Wine
Festival programming that is both fun and safe. The wine, food, music
and activities we are planning may look a little different this year,
but they will still offer an amazing experience and a memorable 2020
vintage,” said Dorian Anderson, Executive Director of the Niagara Grape
& Wine Festival.
For up-to-the-minute news and programming announcements, follow Niagara Grape & Wine Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @NiagaraWineFest.
About the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival
The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is celebrating its 69th year
in 2020 with support from founding sponsors the City of St. Catharines,
the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Wine Marketing Association of
Ontario. Fall Festival programming is supported by funding from
Celebrate Ontario and Meridian Credit Union. Visit niagarawinefestival.com for a full listing of signature events, street festival schedules, Discovery Pass listings and tickets.
For more information, please contact:
Dorian Anderson Executive Director Niagara Grape & Wine Festival P: 905-688-0212 ext. 117 M: 905.933.5737 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | @NiagaraWinefest