On July 26 and 27, the Niagara Wine Trail will hold its sixth annual Wine & Culinary Festival in Academy Park, located in the heart of the Village of Lewiston on Center Street. The wine festival has drawn thousands of wine lovers to Lewiston over the past five years to enjoy wines from the Niagara Wine Trail USA wineries, and cuisine from local restaurants and vendors.
The Wine & Culinary Festival runs Saturday from noon until 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.
Patrons can purchase bottles of wine and cider from the wineries. There will be a convenient wine pick-up service, which allows attendees to make purchases and pick items up as they exist the festival.
Previous festivals have featured both live demonstrations and wine education seminars on both event days. This year, the festival organizers have included other fun and interactive activities under the main tent, including a wine trivia game.
Advance tickets for are available for purchase through the festival website for $25 plus tax until July 25 at 9 p.m. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass (while they last) upon check-in, which may be used both days, and a wine-tasting pass valid for one tasting of three wines at each participating winery both days of the festival. Advance online ticket sales will also include $5 in coupons valid for $1 off a wine bottle purchase made during the festival (one coupon per purchase, per winery). Tickets are available during the festival at the gate for $30 each.
Both advance and tickets purchased at the festival are valid for both days. Attendees are encouraged to spread out their wine tastings over the two days. Festival tickets do not include food, which may be purchased directly from the local vendors. The ticket holder is responsible to retain his ticket and tasting glass. Attendees are required to show ID to receive a new wristband for each day of tasting.
There is no charge for designated drivers or attendees that do not participate in the wine tasting.
A complete list of wineries, vendors and a schedule of the seminars can be found on the festival website: www.niagarawineandculinaryfestival.com.
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA, is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe counties, minutes from Niagara Falls. The wine trail, established in 2002, features member wineries (each offering a unique take on wines that everyone from the aficionado to the novice wine connoisseur can enjoy) and other local associate member businesses. More information may be found on the trail's website: www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.