Niagara-on-the-Lake has so much to offer this summer, from celebrations of wine to the Shaw Festival, from Ghost Tours to supper markets and Celtic Festivals; there is something for all visitors to enjoy. The town is often labeled as the prettiest in all of Ontario and what better way to enjoy the summer weather than to stroll along the historic streets, where flower displays line your route and horse and carriage rides amble along beneath the heritage buildings. There are a wealth of activities to immerse yourself in this summer.
Food and Wine
The Supper market takes place each Wednesday from 4.30pm to 9.00pm at 111 Garrison Village Drive, and offers deliciously prepared food such as oysters, cheese and locally sourced fresh food from the farm. The event also features live music, with the wineries of the region also having stalls at the market, to ensure you pick the perfect wine for your supper. This event promises lots of fun and is very popular in the village. The Supper Market has become a regular night out for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy home made pizza, ice cream and organic wheat bread as you soak up the atmosphere of this lovely summer evening event.
Coyote’s Run Vineyard offers an evening of summer dining on July 5th between 6 and 10pm and this promises to be a feast of extraordinary proportions, prepared by Wellington Court chef Erik Peacock, and complemented by quality wines.
PopUp Patio is offering lunchtime sessions at the Pillitteri Estates Winery on July 11th between 11.30 and 3.30pm, and this aims to showcase the terrific cooking of the region, with food and wine served in a perfect setting. The chefs involved choose their own theme and this promises to be a fun, delicious event.
The Whole Hog Dinner, held on July 12th from 6.30 to 10pm promises a pork lover’s dream as Chef Jason Parsons cooks an Icewine marinated roasted suckling pig in Niagara-on-the-Lake while you sit and relax in a vineyard setting as you wait for your supper to be served. Wines will be served to complement the menu and reservations are essential.
If you are a jazz fan, Trius winery is holding a blues and wine event on August 9th between 2:30 and 9pm, where great food, music and wine come together in harmony. During the festival Chef Frank Dodd will create a sumptuous menu to purchase. Tickets are available and a patio seating ticket comprises a special three course meal. Artists have been coming to this event to perform for the past 25 years and the festival does not disappoint.
The Celtic Festival will be held for the first time at Fort George this year. Join in the fun and listen to the pipes and drums as the sounds come alive in this glorious setting. Many professional musicians are gathering for this event and there will be Celtic dancing as well as fun for the kids, a flag raising ceremony, a parade in downtown Niagara-on-the-lake and cannon firing at the fort. Between 12 and 8pm there will be a Cheer tent featuring the Celtic Cross and musket demonstrations to marvel at, as well as good food and drink to enjoy along the way. Come and enjoy the Mass Bands too and get into the Celtic spirit with this unique event this summer.
The Shaw Festival, inspired by Bernard Shaw, offers theatre shows in Niagara-on-the-Lake and plays to packed houses again and again. Among the plays being performed this year are The Philadelphia Story, The Philanderer, Arms and the Man and Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.
Discover Canada’s Prettiest Town
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming, picturesque town in the spectacular setting of Ontario. Visitors are attracted by its history, culture and entertainment and each summer its streets are home to jazz, food, flower and cultural events. Many people find the accessibility of Ontario allows them to combine their vacation to Canada with trips to the Northern U.S and also cruise holidays, such as taking in New England and Ontario in the summer or fall, when the Eastern coast is breathtaking in its scenery. You can take your pick from breathtaking destinations this way, from coastal bays to historic villages, at your leisure. With Niagara-on-the-Lake’s prime position near the world famous falls, it attracts a great many visitors each year who want to experience its natural wonders, as well as its culture and fun events, suitable for all the family. With a little planning, you can enjoy all that this town has to offer.
The summer is upon us and Niagara-on-the-Lake has many food, wine and music events to experience for the discerning traveller.