Saturday, April 16, 2011

First Annual Niagara Food & Wine Expo Uncorks In Niagara Falls

Bookmark and Share   For the first time, wine enthusiasts will be able to enjoy not just local wine, spirits and beer but also gourmet culinary offerings all under one roof at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

“The Niagara region is known for so much more than just its world class wines and at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo we want to showcase not just the wine but also all of the fantastic cuisine from around the area,” said Jennifer Campbell, Show Manager. “Located in the newly opened Scotiabank Convention Centre, the Expo will be an amazingly fresh experience with top notch exhibitors and wine, beer and spirit educators.”

Kicking off on May 27th, the Expo will attract wine enthusiasts from near and far to come to taste international stars alongside Niagara’s own treasured varietals. The best local and international beers and spirits will also have their time to shine, as these craftsmen showcase their labour of love.

Visitors can take advantage of a rare opportunity to learn from the best through the popular Tutored Tastings Program; a series of wine classes featuring incredible local and international wines, paired with first-rate education led by professional wine experts. The Tasting Stage on the show floor will offer guests casual education on wines, spirits and beers in ongoing 40 minute sessions.

“In addition to all of the great tastings, we’re also really excited about our Chef Stage at the Expo,” said Campbell. “Local and celebrity chefs will host ongoing cooking demonstrations that are the perfect combination of cooking lesson and quality entertainment. Many of the region’s finest restaurants will be onsite preparing sample-sized creations of their famous signature dishes for our visitors to enjoy.”

With the Grand Opening of the Scotiabank Convention Centre a few days away, this stunning facility will be fully operational when the international tasting event takes the stage on May 27th. The doors open at 2:00 PM and the formal opening ceremonies will commence at 3:00 PM. Leading the opening ceremony will be resident wine expert, Christopher Waters of VINES Magazine, Mayor of Niagara Falls Jim Diodati and several other special guests. This one-of-a-kind celebration is open to media, trade and consumers.

Situated in the heart of the internationally renowned tourism destination of Niagara Falls, this cutting edge facility is the first of its kind in Ontario. This facility is LEED Silver designated; an accreditation earned for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. From green housekeeping to naturally lighted working spaces to field-to-table menus, no environmentally sensitive initiative has been overlooked in the creation and care of this facility.

The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is sponsored by the producers of the highly acclaimed Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, InterVin International Wine Awards and VINES Magazine.

Hours for the Wine Expo are: Friday, May 27 - 2 PM - 10 PM, Saturday, May 28 - 12 PM – 10 PM, Sunday, May 29 - 12 PM – 6 PM. General Admission are $12. You must be over 19 years old to attend.

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