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In Park Experience

Montebello Park Wine & Culinary Experience

September 20-22, 27-29
Fridays 5:00pm-10:30pm | Saturdays 11:00pm-10:30pm | Sundays 11:00am-8:00pm
Montebello Park | 64 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

Drink. Eat. Dance. Discover. Experience.

Experience Canada’s largest wine festival at this six-day celebration of Niagara wine in historic Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines; one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the Niagara that comes alive for two weekends in September. A celebration of Niagara and the bounty of harvest, the MONTEBELLO PARK WINE & CULINARY EXPERIENCE truly showcases all that the Region has to offer.

Grab your friends and get ready for the best party of the year in Niagara as you head down to the park to enjoy over 100 wines, mouthwatering local cuisine, 50 hours of live music and a variety of entertaining wine seminars.

* Entrance into Montebello Park is free (not guaranteed- subject to capacity limitations).
* Tokens must be purchased for food and wine.
* VQA Wines are priced at 2-3 tokens per glass.
* Local chefs are serving regional food for 1-3 tokens per portion.

Avoid lines and purchase a 10-pack of tokens ahead of time! Your tokens can be picked up in Montebello Park at the Guest Services tent or at the festival office. For more info, please click here.

Want to know what it feels like to be in a glass of sparkling wine? How about behind the wheel of a harvester? Or swimming in a pool of wine corks? The brand-new #WineLife exhibit, a pop-up installation featuring four engaging pods, offers up multisensory experiences that immerse you in Niagara’s wine country in Montebello Park!

The Centre Stage

Montebello Park is the premier setting for most of the Festival’s featured events including a great lineup of activities for the entire family. Experience award-winning wineries, Niagara cuisine and great entertainment each weekend. Enjoy your favourite local bands and a lineup of tribute bands as you sip and savour the best in Niagara.

Check out the Entertainment line-up here

Family Fun Zone

Fun for all ages! The NEW Tim Horton’s Family Fun Zone offers two weekends of free activities in Montebello Park.


Saturday, September 21
11AM-6PM: Tim Hortons Photo Booth, Carousel Players Dress Up Station, Sky Zone Building Zone, Gymnastics Energy Ninja Course, Crafting Tent, Snack Shack
11AM: Pied Piper Parade
12PM: Real Canadian Superstore Post-Parade Family Barbecue


Sunday, September 22
12-5PM: Tim Hortons Doughnut Toss, Carousel Players Dress Up Station, Sky Zone Building Zone, Gymnastics Energy Ninja Course, Mad Science Fun Stations, Crafting Tent, Snack Shack
12-1PM: Meet the Mascots
1PM: Carousel Players Performance
2PM: Children’s Yoga with Harmony Yoga Studio
3-4PM: Meet the Mascots
4-5PM: Children’s Yoga with Harmony Yoga Studio


Saturday, September 28
11AM-6PM: Tim Hortons Hockey Card Shootout, Sky Zone Building Zone, Gymnastics Energy Ninja Course, Crafting Tent, Snack Shack


Sunday, September 29
12-5PM: Tim Hortons Hockey Card Shootout, Carousel Players Dress Up Station, Sky Zone Building Zone, Gymnastics Energy Ninja Course, Mad Science Fun Stations, Crafting Tent, Snack Shack
12-1PM: Meet the Mascots
1PM: Children’s Yoga with Harmony Yoga Studio
2PM: Carousel Players Performance
3-4PM: Meet the Mascots
4-5PM: Children’s Yoga with Harmony Yoga Studio

Parking

FREE parking in all city-owned lots after 6pm and on Weekends! VIEW PARKING MAP

Security 

Anyone over the age of 19 must wear a wristband in order to be served wine

SMOKING- No smoking is allowed on Montebello Park property. The Regional No Smoking By-Law enforcement will be in effect.

It is a violation of Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario’ liquor laws to bring alcoholic beverages inside Montebello park. Our event staff and security is committed to enforcing the liquor laws and alcoholic beverages brought inside the park will be confiscated.

All guests, regardless of age, will be asked to show ID when purchasing alcoholic beverages and will be provided a wristband. Wristbands must be visible when purchasing wine tasting and winery staff have the ability to ask for ID if they suspect someone wearing a wristband in not of legal drinking age

The NGWF staff reserves the right to deny admission and/or alcohol to anyone that is intoxicated or poses a hazard to public safety.

Providing alcohol to minors, and possession of alcohol by minors is a violation of the province’s liquor laws. Guests furnishing alcohol to minors and minors in possession of alcohol will be removed from the park

Anyone that appears to be under the influence of drugs or excessive alcohol will not be permitted into the park

NEW: Bottles cannot be sold after 9pm on Sep 15th, 16th, 22nd and can not be sold after 7pm on Sep 17th, 23th, 24th

Last Call will be 10:15 sharp each evening and token booths will close at that time as well

Call your desginated driver.

Central Taxi will provide a Get Home Safe Program with taxi stands available at the Lake Street exit

Please be advised that Montebello Park festivities are only active during the weekends of the Festival. Wineries are open throughout the week for tours and tastings, but Discovery Pass events only occur on the weekend as well.

AGCO Special Occasion Permit Conditions

  • Only One bottle of wine per person per transaction
  • Wine must be consumed out of the commemorative acrylic glass. No glass is allowed in the park. Security has the right to confiscate bottles should someone be drinking directly from it
  • Winery partners are strictly forbidden to give customers corks or screw tops

Have a great time in the Park!

There will be a family entrance at Lake Street, strollers and wagons will be inspected

Lost and Found
The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Guests should contact the administration office regarding lost and found items 905-688-0212

Smoking
No smoking within any seating or general standing area.

Smoking is NOT permitted in Montebello Park as per Regional No Smoking bylaws. Individuals caught smoking will be fined.


MONTEBELLO PARK WINE LIST

Raise a glass and celebrate the harvest! We proudly serve 100% VQA wines, grown, vinified  and cellared in Niagara. Sharing with friends? These wines are available by the bottle*. Ask winery staff for details.

Find your favourites or explore new sips – let’s enjoy #VQAeveryday!

 

13th Street Winery

Gamay 2017 - 2 tokens

Pinot Gris 2018 - 2 tokens

Cuvée Rosé (46% Pinot Noir, 54% Chardonnay) - 3 tokens

 

Alvento Winery

East Wind 2018 (Baco Noir) - 2 tokens

South Wind  Rosé 2018 (Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer) - 2 tokens

Riesling 2018 - 3 tokens

 

Fielding Estate Winery

2018 Estate Bottled Riesling - 2 tokens

2018 Pinot Grigio - 2 tokens

2017 Red Conception (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec) - 2 tokens

 

Flat Rock Cellars

2017 Twisted (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay) - 2 tokens

2018 Pink Twisted (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir) - 2 tokens

2018 Sparkling Twisted (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier) - 3 tokens

 

Harbour Estates Winery

2018 Pinot Grigio - 2 tokens

2017 Sunset (Riesling/Merlot) - 2 tokens

2018 Baco Noir - 2 tokens

 

Hernder Estate Wines 

Cougars Confession 2016 (Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Grigio blend) - 2 tokens

Cougars Conviction 2013 (Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Merlot blend) - 2 tokens

 

Lakeview Wine Co. 

EastDell 2017 Black Cab (Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon) - 2 tokens

FRESH Possibilities NV Sparkling Rosé (Riesling & Gamay Noir) - 2 tokens

Lakeview Cellars 2017 Viognier - 2 tokens

 

Magnotta Winery 

Magnotta Venture 2017 Pinot Grigio - 2 tokens

Magnotta Venture 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 tokens

 

Megalomaniac 

Homegrown Riesling 2017 - 2 tokens

Homegrown Red 2017 (Bordeaux blend - Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc) - 2 tokens

Selfie 2018 (Chardonnay Musqué, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) - 2 tokens

 

Niagara College Teaching Winery 

2013 Dean's List Chardonnay - 3 tokens

2017 Balance Merlot - 2 tokens

2018 College Rosé (Pinot Noir, Gamay) - 2 tokens

 

Palatine Hills Estate Winery 

Lakeshore Red - 2017 (Merlot, Baco, Cab Sauv) - 2 tokens

Pinot Grigio - 2017 - 2 tokens

Cabernet Franc Rosé - 2018 - 3 tokens

 

Peller Estates Winery 

Private Reserve Riesling 2017 - 2 tokens

Private Reserve Gamay Noir 2017 - 2 tokens

Private Reserve Rosé 2018 - 3 tokens

 

Pillitteri Estates Winery 

2017 Team Canada Red (Merlot, Cabernet Franc) - 2 tokens

2017 Team Canada White (Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer) - 2 tokens

2016 Cabernet Merlot (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot) - 2 tokens

 

Redstone Winery 

17 Brickyard Riesling - 2 tokens

13 Bistro Chardonnay - 2 tokens

15 Cabernet Merlot - 3 tokens

 

Rockway Vineyards 

2015 Small Lot Riesling - 2 tokens

2018 9 Pink Spritz (Vidal, Cabernet) - 2 tokens

2012 Wild Ferment Red (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah) - 3 tokens

 

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery 

2018 Riesling Loved by Lu - 2 tokens

2018 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink (Riesling, Cab Franc) - 2 tokens

2017 Gritstone Cabernet (75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon) - 3 tokens

 

Tawse Winery

2018 Grower's Blend Rosé - 2 tokens

2017 Unoaked Chardonnay - 2 tokens

2014 Tawse Pinot Noir - 3 tokens

 

Trius Winery 

Trius Pinot Grigio 2017 - 2 tokens

Trius Merlot 2017 - 2 tokens

Trius Sparkling Brut Rosé N/V (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier) - 3 tokens

 

Vineland Estates Winery 

2018 Game Changer Rosé (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc) - 2 tokens

2017 Classic Cabernet Franc - 2 tokens

2018 Classic Semi-Dry Riesling - 2 tokens

 

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery 

Wayne Gretzky Founders Baco 2018 - 2 tokens

Wayne Gretzky Founders Pinot Grigio 2018 - 2 tokens

Wayne Gretzky Platinum Series White 2017 (32% Viognier, 25% Chardonnay, 18% Riesling, 18% Pinot Gris, 5% Muscat, 2% Gewürztraminer) - 3 tokens

 

*bottle sales available:

Fridays until 9pm | Saturday Sept 20 until 9pm | Saturday Sept 28 until 7pm | Sundays until 7pm


THE MONTEBELLO MENU

Bean & Barrel Coffee Roasters

beanbarrelcoffeeroasters.com | 905-246-8587 

Selection of Coffee, Nitro Brew Coffee & Iced Tea

 

Boho Smoothie Bar

bohosmoothiebar.com| 905-515-8232

Mouth-watering smoothies (vegetarian, vegan)

 

Carson’s Gastro Fare

carsonsgastrofare.ca | 905-329-4656

Fried Chicken or Beef Sandwich

Duck Confit Poutine (Gluten Free)

Avocado Fries (Vegan)

 

The Grantham House

thegranthamhouse.ca | 905- 362-1651 | 14 Secord Dr., St. Catharines

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Applewood Smoked Kettle Chips (Vegan)

Nashville Hot Chicken

 

Incoho Restaurant

incoho.ca | 905-682-0766 |281 St Paul St Unit B, St. Catharines

Parmesan Polenta Fries

Pulled Pork Sliders

 

Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill

johnnyroccos.com | 905- 680-9300 | 271 Merritt St, St. Catharines

Menu available in Montebello Park

 

Ma Chinese Cuisine

machinesecuisine.com | 289-362-2888 | 123 Geneva St, St. Catharines 

Torched Salmon Maki

Cashew Nut Chicken

Torched Atlantic Salmon Pressed Sushi

 

Marble Slab Creamery

marbleslab.ca | 905-682-6847 | 275 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines

Select flavours of ice cream served with choice of toppings. (Vegan, Lactose free option)

Handmade ice cream sandwiches

Seasonal flavours of 1/2 litres

 

Moksha Indian Bistro

mokshaniagara.com | 905- 354-8585 | 5993 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls

Samosa Chaat (Vegetarian)

Lamb Biryani (Dairy Free)

Onion Bhaji (Vegan, Gluten Free)

 

Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual

mrmikes.com | 905-682-1023 | 295 Fourth Ave, St Catharines

Tomato Bruschetta

Crackling Sirloin Bites

Kickass Chicken/Steak Salad

 

Nacho Pablo

289-969-3960

Stacked Carnita Tostada

Drunken Tequila Ceviche

Loaded Dorito Nachos

 

N’ata Cosa

natacosa.ca | 905- 397-7494 | 259 St Paul St, St. Catharines 

Wood Fired Napoletana Pizza

Panino Italia

Dolce Sicilian Cannoli & Lemon Cannoli

 

Rose City Pizza

rosecitypizza.ca | 905-788-1441 | 473 Thorold Rd, Welland 

Pizza by the Slice

Hotdog and Fries

Steak Sub

 

August Restaurant

augustrestaurant.ca | 905-563-0200 | 5204 King St, Beamsville

Antipasto Kebab (Gluten Free)

Fennel Sausage in a Spicy Tomato Sauce (Gluten Free)

Sweet Potato & Mushroom Parfait (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

 

Smoke’s Poutinerie

smokespoutinerie.com | 905-682-2873 | 10 Summer St, St. Catharines

Traditional Poutine (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Available)

Jerk Chicken Poutine

Chili Poutine

 

Sweetie Pie’s Bakery

niagarafoodco.ca | 289-669-0152 | 23 Hiscott St, St. Catharines 

Icewine Butter Tart (Vegetarian)

Local Fruit Crumble Tart (Vegetarian)

 

Tiara Restaurant at Queen’s Landing (SEPT 27-29 ONLY)

vintage-hotels.com | 905-468-2195 | 155 Byron St., Niagara-on-the-Lake

Brown Butter Fried PEI Lobster Grilled Cheese w/ Heirloom Tomato Jam and Smoked Ontario Cheddar

Fogo Island Ice Shrimp Roll w/ Creamy Cole Slaw

Sous Vide Lake Erie Pickerel, Charred Sweet Corn Cake, Fermented Habanero Crema

 

Twenty Kitchen & Bar (SEPT 20-22 ONLY)

Twentyrestaurant.ca | 259 St. Paul St., St. Catharines 

Chili Lime Chicken Taco (Dairy Free Option)

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco (Vegetarian)