Niagara Icewine Festival pouring again after three year absence

Published December 23, 2022 at 2:33 pm

The pandemic may have shut it down for three years but the Niagara Icewine Festival is roaring and pouring once again.

Believed to be the world’s largest icewine festival, wine lovers and gastronomes alike can “indulge in Ontario’s VQA wine culture and thriving culinary scene at festivities taking place across the Niagara Peninsula,” say organizers.


A new addition this year will be the “Cool as Ice Gala” festivities at the spectacular new Niagara Parks Power Station venue on Saturday, January 14. (Keep in mind, the power station hadn’t even been built the last time the region had an icewine festival.)

Organizers says, “Guests will have the opportunity to explore an incredible array of VQA Icewine, table wine and cocktails, paired with culinary selections from some of Niagara’s most talented chefs.”

Attendees will also get to immerse themselves in the Power Station experience which includes stunning views of Niagara Falls from ‘The Tunnel’, 180-feet below ground.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival begins its two weekends of celebrations on January 20 with the “Sparkle & Ice Gala” at the Courthouse Grand Hall. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village returns and takes place on historic Queen Street on January 21-22, 28-29.

The epic Niagara Icewine Cocktail Competition is back on the evening of January 28 at the Courthouse Grand Hall.

“Niagara celebrates Icewine like nowhere else in the world. The Niagara Icewine Festival is a magical time to visit Wine Country Ontario and offers wine lovers a taste of something that is authentically Canadian,” said Sylvia Augaitis, Executive Director of Marketing for the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario.

“Ontario wine country street festivals and galas are an invitation to uncover the many ways to enjoy Ontario VQA Icewine – from VQA Icewine cocktails to spicy, sweet and savoury VQA Icewine food experiences.”

The Niagara Icewine Festival Discovery Pass returns with programming on Fridays to Sundays, January 13 –29, 2023. Consumers can choose up to six VQA Ontario Icewine and food pairings per weekend pass and select from a list of 28 wineries across the Niagara Peninsula.

Full details on all Icewine Festival events, including participating wineries, how to purchase tickets and make travel arrangements, can be found HERE.

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