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Niagara Icewine Festival — it’s ice time at the biggest winter party in Ontario

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Countdown for Icewine

Note: The Niagara Icewine Festival is quickly approaching. Wine Country Ontario has issued these news releases so that wine lovers can plan their getaway to Niagara wine country.

The 18th Annual Niagara Icewine Festival is around the corner and the time is right to plan your January getaway to Niagara.

Friday January 11th, lay claim to Niagara’s hottest ticket, as the Fallsview Casino Resort Grand Hall is transformed into an evening of luxury and opulence. The 2013 themed “Ice Queen’s Ball” will provide guests with Canada’s largest showcase of VQA Icewines and table wines and culinary creations that are as delicious as they are beautiful.

In the Grande Hall there will be over 30 wineries showcasing close to 150 Icewines and Table wines. The Fallsview Casino Resort famed chefs are preparing five unique culinary stations to tantalize the palate along with artisanal cheese presented by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. And to complete the night there will be the Sears Canada Silent auction and incredible live entertainment.

The Niagara Icewine Festival would not be complete without the popular Discovery Pass Program. This year the program has expanded to include eight unique wine pairings at local wineries. Choose from over 30 incredible Wine and Culinary experiences along the famed Wine Route. And for the Designated Driver, wineries will be offering a food and mocktail Discovery Pass program. Discovery Passes are available at Festival Office or participating wineries.

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Countdown for Icewine

During the three weekends of Icewine experiences; Deborah Levy from Dairy Farmers of Canada will present six unique Niagara wine and artisanal cheese seminars. Working closely with each winery; Deborah will present cheese selections that truly complement the various winemakers’ style and of course incredible Canadian Icewines.

On January 25th , the 8th Annual Winterfest in the Square will be held in the City’s Historic Market Square from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and will feature VQA table and wines and of course Icewine from across the Niagara Region.

Culinary delights will be made available by local restaurants and chefs as well as trendy Food Trucks. Live entertainment will provide the right mix of casual musical entertainment for all ages.

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Countdown for Icewine

For some family fun, on Saturday, January 26th, Niagara winemakers will challenge the CHCH Sportsliners for the Second Annual Charity Hockey Game at Meridian Credit Union Hockey Arena in Niagara on the Lake.

CHCH Sportsliners include Mark Hebscher, Tim Bolen and Adam Atkinson with Morning Co- host Annette Hamm announcing the play by play.

For a complete listing of all Icewine Festival programming and events, visit


Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival Attracts
Thousands with Icewine-Inspired Events


The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival returns January 1 to 31, 2013. The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will come together with the 28 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake for the month of January to celebrate the annual Icewine Festival. Signature Event weekends are January 12/13, 19/20 and 26/27.

“Winter is a magical time to discover Niagara’s wine country and one of our most cherished products, Icewine,” remarks the Chair of Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival committee Jansin Ozkur, “Each year we have more visitors to the festival and have established a world-class event celebrating Canada’s liquid gold!!”

The most iconic event of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival is the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village. On Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, historic Queen Street is transformed into an icy winter wonderland featuring extraordinary ice sculptures.

The signature kitchen of Niagara-on-the-Lake will tempt guests’ palates with Icewine-inspired culinary creations and the 28 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake will pour Icewine for the thousands of visitors. Admission is free.

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Twenty Valley Winter Winefest

Cocktails have evolved from their “shaken or stirred” roots and Niagara-on-the-Lake mixologists are adding Icewine into their cocktail repertoire to mix together new flavours! The Flash & Panache: Icewine Cocktail Competition returns for its fourth year offering signature Icewine cocktails for guests to taste as the judges muddle over which drink will win top honours.

Presented by Signature Kitchens of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the event also features a variety of Icewine- inspired dishes. The event takes place Saturday, January 19 from 9 pm to 11pm. Admission is free.

Get Schooled in Cool: A Tasting with Canada’s Icewine Insiders is a tasting series hosted by the award-winning Icewinemakers of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Each session is held at one of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes an in-depth tasting of at least four Icewines.

Icewinemakers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about this unique product. The event takes place at 1 pm or 3 pm on January 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and tickets are $25 per person (plus taxes).

Step out of the cold and Shop, Sip, Sample and Savour: Niagara-on-the-Lake Insider’s Tasting Pass in historic Downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. On Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 12pm to 5 pm, the Landmark Shops in the Heritage District welcome you in with the sounds of live Canadian Jazz and food parings to accompany your Icewine selections. Passes are $30 per person (plus taxes).

Learn more about the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival by visiting here.


The Twenty Valley Winter WineFest Announces
a Free Concert with USS and Appearances by Celebrity Chefs
Chuck Hughes and Anna and Michael Olson

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Barrel Rolling Competition

The annual Twenty Valley Winter WineFest is proud to announce the 2013 line-up. Toronto based band USS will headline the Saturday night street concert on January 12, 2013. Winter WineFest also welcomes cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs Chuck Hughes, Anna Olson and Michael Olson. The festival runs January 12 – 13, 2012 on Main Street in Jordan Village, Ontario.

The premier wine and culinary festival invites participants to sip, savour and celebrate with over 30 of the Twenty Valley’s most celebrated wineries. Enjoy an enchanting winter weekend with cozy open fires, live musical entertainment, Jordan Village merchant fashion shows, winemakers’ challenges and sensational tastings. Sweet Icewine, festive sparkling wines and sensational VQA red and white wines are paired with delicious offerings from renowned local chefs and food trucks to tempt your taste buds and warm your insides.

New This Year

A family skating rink invites families to spend the day together at the festival.
The WineFest VIP Winery Experience Package, this package includes four unique tasting experiences and shuttle service to each of the winery stops.
Twenty Valley After-Party in Cave Spring Cellars barrel cellar featuring a menu designed by celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, beer from Steam Whistle and spirits from Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

Main Stage Line-up

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 12:30 p.m. Fashion Show featuring Twenty Valley Winemakers
Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. Winemakers’ Barrel Roll Challenge
Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Desire, The International U2 Cover Band
Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) –
Sunday, January 13, 2013 – 12:30 p.m. Fashion Show featuring Twenty Valley Winemakers
Sunday, January 13, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. Winemakers’ Barrel Roll Challenge

Kitchen Stadium Line- up

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Chuck Hughes Cooking Demonstration — Chuck is the multi-talented star of Food Network Canada’s Chuck’s Day Off and the owner and chef of Montreal hot-spot, Garde Manger. His unbridled passion for entertaining translates into both unforgettable food and captivating television.
Saturday January 12, 2013 – 2:45 p.m. Black Box Challenge hosted by Chuck Hughes featuring local chefs
Sunday January 13, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. Michael Olson Cooking Demonstration
Sunday January 13, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. Anna Olson Cooking Demonstration
Sunday January 13, 2013 – 4:30 p.m. Black Box Challenge hosted by Anna and Michael Olson featuring local chefs

The Winter WineFest takes place on Main Street in Jordan Village, Ontario on January 12 and 13, 2013. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 and from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13. Guests can pre-order token packages and pre-book their VIP package by contacting Twenty Valley Tourism office at 905-562-363 or by ordering online here.