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The 52nd Niagara Wine Festival 

Enjoy wine country at its fall best with the award-winning Niagara Wine Festival, presented from September 12 to 28 in and around St. Catharines.

This is Niagara's annual celebration of Ontario's internationally acclaimed grape and wine industry. More than 100 spectacular events, including

  • gala wine evenings
  • winery and vineyard tours
  • concerts
  • regional cuisine
  • the Canadian Snowbirds
  • wine and food seminars
  • the Grande Parade
  • family entertainment
  • tastings of Ontario's highly anticipated "Vintage of Excellence"

When: September 12–28, 2003
Where: Montebello Park, St. Catharines, Ontario, and at the wineries throughout the Niagara region.
Cost: Free Admission to Montebello Park

Festival Highlights
*= New for 2003!

* Vintage Inns Fine Wine Tasting, Friday, September 12, Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, 7–10 pm
One of Canada's premier wine events, featuring Ontario wines that have won awards around the world and fine cuisine.

* The Standard's Winery Touring Passport, September 12–28
Enjoy tours, tastings and special events along Niagara's Famous Wine Route. Remember to get your Passports stamped to have an opportunity to win tickets to some of Ontario's premier wine events.

Royal Ontario Awards, Tuesday, September 16
Salute the Licensee, Grape King and Business Citizen.

Scotiabank Celebrity Luncheon & Grape King Installation, Wednesday, September 17
Join Ontario's Grape and Wine Industry at the Opening Program of the 2003 Festival.

Fergie Jenkins Wine and Cheese Party, Thursday, September 18
Join Canada's only Baseball Hall-of-Famer and his guests, including some of North America's best-known athletes.

Truly Canadian with the Canadian Snowbirds, Port Dalhousie, Friday, September 19
One of the Festival's premier events. See Canada's elite air squadron perform over Lake Ontario in picturesque Port Dalhousie followed by a free outdoor concert featuring Rolling Stones Tribute band Sticky Fingers. Free family fun!

Great Entertainment on the Festival Stage, September 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Join us each Weekend from 11 am to 9 pm to enjoy some of Canada's top entertainers. Weekend one features blues in Montebello Park featuring Enrico Crivellaro, Big Daddy G and Fathead. Weekend two features a light rock format with Rita Chiarelli and The Nylons. Midweek lunch program from 11 am to 2pm and great entertainment, wine and food from 6 to 9:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Black Diamond Wine, Cheese & Food Experience, September 20, 21, 27 & 28
Niagara's wine route comes to Montebello Park. Over 45 great wineries and restaurants – a true celebration of Ontario's Wine Country. 11 am to 9 pm.

CIBC Wine Seminars, September 21 & 22, and Vines Magazine Seminar Series, September 27 & 28. Montebello Park, Lake and Ontario Streets in downtown St. Catharines
Taste Ontario's finest wines under the expert leadership of Vines Magazine and Canada's foremost wine experts. Enjoy the Festival Silent Wine & Memorabilia Auction each weekend in the Park.

29th Annual Bank of Montreal Artisan Show & Sale, September 20, 21, 27 & 28, Montebello Park, Lake and Ontario Streets in downtown St. Catharines
One of Ontario's largest Fall artisan shows. Free admission, more than 100 artisans.

* Niagara Culinary Institute's Gourmet Pavilion, September 20, 21, 27 & 28, Montebello Park, Lake and Ontario Streets in downtown St. Catharines
Join Niagara College's Niagara Culinary Institute in a presentation of the best of Ontario food and wine. Good Food, great VQA Wines and demonstrations on the Niagara Culinary Institute Stage.

Mid-week Entertainment September 24–26
Join the Quality Hotel Parway, Montebello Park and Four Points Suites by Sheraton in a mid-week program featuring Ontario's award-winning wines and exceptional entertainment.

* Mid-week in the Park, September 24-26 Montebello Park
Lunch in the Park, Wednesday Sept. 24 to Friday Sept. 26, 11 am to 2 pm daily
Join the Niagara Wine Festival mid-week in beautiful Montebello Park in Downtown St. Catharines for lunch, a glass of award-winning Ontario VQA wine, and featured Niagara entertainment including Vox Violins and the German Hochwilde Bohmische Band from 11 am to 2 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. A wide selection of VQA wines and Niagara Cuisine will be offered daily. For group reservations and preferred seating call the Festival office at 905 688-0212. (Non-alcoholic beverages also available.)

* Mid-week Evenings in the Park, September 24-26, Montebello Park, nightly, 5–9:30 pm
Mid-week evenings of themed entertainment featuring great Ontario performers – Celtic Night (Boru) on Wednesday, Blues Night on Thursday (Jack de Keyzer) and Beatles Night on Friday (the Caverners). Free admission, food and a wide selection of Ontario VQA wines available for purchase. For further information call the Festival office, 905-688-0212, or visit our website at

52nd Annual Pen Centre Grande Parade Saturday, September 27, 11 am
The Festival's premier event. Enjoy the colour and pageantry of one of North America's foremost street parades. Streets close at 9 am, so arrive early!

Subway's Vineyard Laser Lights Show and Concert, Sunday, September 28, Montebello Park, Lake and Ontario Streets in downtown St. Catharines
The closing event of the Festival, featuring Canadian recording artists The Nylons followed by a spectacular laser light show to close the 52nd Annual Niagara Wine Festival.

Grande Parade Day's Party in the Park September 27
A day of true celebration after the Grande Parade. Montebello Park is the place to be for great family entertainment, Niagara Cuisine and VQA wine.

Family Fun!

Welch's Pied Piper Parade, September 20, 10:30 am registration, 12 noon parade
We invite children to join the Welchasaurus and Ronald McDonald in participating in one of Ontario's most popular family parades!

Re/Max Garden City Grapeland, September 20 & 21
Grapeland highlights include family entertainment, the McDonald's Sports Zone, face painting, the Toronto Rock, crafts and so much more!

Fairview Mall Grapeland September 27 & 28
Family fun after the Pen Centre Grande Parade includes the Fairview Mall Family Stage, and great entertainment. Join us Sunday for a full day of Family fun, family style. See listings for details.


The Niagara Wine Festival has been named one of North America's Top 100 Events and Ontario's Cultural Event of the year! Please visit or call 905-688-0212 for complete details.




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