Niagara is known for its spectacular parkland, many nature trails and of course the magnificent Falls, but for any wine connoisseurs or gluttonous foodies out there, it’s still a star attraction. It’s one of the best-known areas for fine wines, it has some of the greatest restaurants in Canada, and people continue to flock here every year to sample the many culinary delights on offer during the many festival periods. If you still need convincing as to why Niagara Falls is a hub for foodies though, read on…
Head for a festival
When it comes to food and drink festivals, Niagara Falls should be your go-to Canadian haunt, as there are events and expos year-round. If you’re heading over there soon, join the other foodies at the Sip and Sizzle event, held each weekend throughout May. Over 20 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be offering up their classic barbeque recipes with the perfect wine pairings. Speaking of barbecues, you could always head to the Ribfest 2017 event over at the Niagara Square Mall from 16th-18th June – this annual social event is the perfect way to celebrate the summer months in true Canadian style. You can check out more of these events here.
Take a wine tour
Niagara is world-renowned for its award-winning fine wines, and in particular, the Canadian classic: Icewine. When you visit the area, you won’t be short of places to explore, with over 14,800 acres of vineyard waiting for you. Plus, there are frequent food and wine tours, where the experts will not only be able to tell you about the history of Canada’s best tipples, but show you the whole production process. If you feel like you’ve missed out on the festival vibe, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s still the Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival to come, taking place across 16th-18th June.
Dine out in Fallsview
Whether it’s a sleek and sophisticated fine dining, a chance to try Canadian classics at a Niagara Falls steakhouse, or just grabbing a pizza with the kids, the Fallsview and Clifton Hill areas around Niagara will have every restaurant and cuisine available. If your children are into the wild and whacky, head for the Rainforest Café with life-size animals and your own personal 80ft volcano. Or, if it’s somewhere with spectacular views for a romantic date that you’re looking for, try the revolving restaurant at the top of Skylon Tower.
Don’t forget the Christmas markets
After all that summer fun, let’s not forget that one of the best times to visit Niagara Falls is during the winter months. There’s the famous illuminations and fun street parades, but the main draw for most people is the much-loved Christmas market. These wooden huts are a haven for lovers of all things tasty, as you’ll be able to get the traditional favourites of roast chestnuts and mulled wine, but there’ll be a chance for you to try some of the best home-cooked native dishes too.
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