The Niagara Wine Trail is celebrating its seventh annual Niagara USA Wine Festival at Lewiston's Academy Park. This year's festival takes place from noon until 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 26.
This year's lineup features offerings from 17 wineries, at least 20 vendors, and several feature presentations, including panel discussions live music, demonstrations and even an interactive game show complete with prizes. The wineries and vendors include:
Live music and wine education seminars are free and open to all festival attendees for both days. The festival events schedule includes the following features under the main tent:
Pre-sale tickets are available online for $25 (plus applicable sales tax) until 9 p.m. Friday, July 24. Event tickets can be purchased at the event for $30, plus applicable sales tax. Advance ticket sales include $5 worth of coupons valid toward the purchase of wine at the festival. Participants also can receive a free six-bottle reusable wine tote with each six-bottle purchase made at the festival (while supplies last; retail value $5).
All event tickets include the tasting of three wines at each of the participating wineries at the event and a commemorative tasting glass (while supplies last). Tickets are valid for both festival days and a wine pick-up service is available to patrons to keep hands free while enjoying the festival. Wine purchases will not be held overnight.
Local vendors will be on hand offering culinary delights and refreshments for festivalgoers to purchase, as food items are not included in the festival ticket price.
Designated drivers and festival participants under the age of 21 are admitted free of charge, and parking for the festival is free in the Village of Lewiston. A full list of participating wineries and vendors as well as a schedule of events can be found at www.NiagaraUSAWineFestival.com, and in the complimentary brochure available to participants at the event entrance.
About Niagara Wine Trail
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA, is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties in upstate New York, minutes from Niagara Falls. The wine trail, established in 2002, features member wineries, each offering a unique take on wines. More information can be found on the trail's website, www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.