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The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival FAQs

TD WEALTH TAILGATE PARTY

What is the TD Wealth Tailgate Party? When does it take place?

The TD Wealth Tailgate Party takes place among the vines Saturday, June 15th 6:00pm – 10:30pm. Join 30 celebrated Niagara wineries as they share their stories and incredible VQA wines alongside 15 local chefs who will impress with fresh culinary delights from the bounty of Niagara. There is also a Message in a Bottle game with great opportunities to win prizes at $25 and $50 price points. This is an all-inclusive event that promises to be an unforgettable start to the summer. 

What are the Tailgate Party Wine and Culinary Experiences?

The TD Tailgate Party is an all-inclusive event featuring the finest in Niagara VQA wines and local, fresh culinary from the farm to your fork. Wineries will provide sampling of newly released or their summer picks and chefs use the freshest in Niagara produce to create mouth-watering small plate offering. 

When you say the Tailgate Party is the ultimate all-inclusive ticket, what does that really mean?

Exactly that! Everything is included in this party experience – food, drinks, and a guaranteed great time!

Where is the TD Wealth Tailgate Party taking place?

The TD Wealth Tailgate Party takes place at 13th Street Winery in St Catharines, Ontario.

Is this a 19+ event?

This is a 19+ licensed event. Valid ID required for entry into the event.

Where can I purchase Tailgate Party tickets?

You can find information about purchasing tickets on the Niagara Wine Festival website http://niagarawinefestival.com/tickets

How will I receive my Tailgate Party ticket order?

Your Tailgate Party tickets will be sent to the email you have provided. Simply print the ticket, or save/screenshot it to your smart phone.

What are the parking and transportation options for getting to the Tailgate Party?

Event Parking: Parking is available in the EVENT PARKING lot at 13th Street Winery (located just east of the winery driveway). There will be plenty of signs and FLAGS at the entry point.

Please note that the main winery driveway will be closed for the event.

Special Needs Parking: Guests with special parking needs will be directed to designated parking areas closest to the event site. To access these spaces please have your Handicapped Sticker visible, or contact gabby@niagarawinefestival.com at least 24 hours prior to the event for a pass

Will there be tickets available at the gate for the Tailgate Party?

It is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance, but we will have tickets available for purchase at the gate as well!

What should I wear?

The TD Wealth Tailgate Party is a summer casual event in a vineyard!! Make sure your footwear is “vineyard-chic” – heels are not recommended.And prepare for Mother Nature’s unpredictable sense of humour…

  • Wellies, a cool poncho/light jacket and umbrella if there is a chance of rain
  • A hat and sunscreen if the sun is smiling down
  • A sweater or jacket if she plans to send a chill
  • Remember to wear sunblock! 

Tailgate pointers

  • Make sure you bring your e-ticket! Print it or have it ready on your Smart Phone.
  • Bring your ID!
  • There is some casual seating available, please do not bring chairs.
  • No pets are allowed, with the exception of service animals.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed.
  • This is a rain or shine event. 

 

DISCOVERY PASS WEEKENDS

What is the Discovery Pass?

The Discovery Pass the golden ticket to your self-guided adventures of Niagara’s wineries! Each Discovery Pass entitles you to 8 wine and culinary experiences designed by winemakers and chefs to celebrate the fresh flavours of spring and can be redeemed at 8 of 27 participating wineries.

What pairings are wineries offering as part of the Discovery Pass Program?

Each participating winery offers a fabulous experience of their own Niagara VQA wine paired with a culinary creation from Niagara’s bounty. For full listings please visit: http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/discovery-pass.

Remember these are sip and sample sizes and individual portions.

Is transportation included?

Transportation is not included at the Discovery Pass is a self-guided tour.  We recommend booking a transportation partner for a luxe experience, taking a few days to complete the pass, or designating a driver who can purchase the Drivers Discovery Pass!

What is the Drivers Discovery Pass?

The Drivers Discovery Pass was created for designated drivers and for those who want to enjoy the culinary side of the experience without the wine. Each Drivers Pass offers eight experiences to indulge in the mouth-watering creations as they enjoy the beauty of the Wine Route

What are the dates and hours at the participating wineries?

The Discovery Pass is valid during

June 15-16 & 22-23, 2019, 11:00am – 5:00pm

*exception: 13th Street is closed Sundays.

http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/discovery-pass

Can I use my Discovery Pass anytime during the two weekends of the Homegrown Wine Festival?

  • Discovery Passes are very flexible and can be used any time during the Homegrown Wine Festival weekend dates at any participating winery. (13th Street is not open Sundays)
  • Experiences are scanned from your printed copy or on your Smart Phone and each time you redeem a ‘voucher’ at a participating winery it will automatically remove that ticket from your supply. So keep track of your stops or you may need to buy an additional pass. 

Where can I purchase Discovery Passes?

You can purchase your Discovery Passes at http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/tickets  

If you find yourself enjoying the fun and in need of another pass, the Discovery Pass will also be available for purchase at participating wineries. 

The Discovery Pass Winery Experiences are a self-guided tour – how do I plan my experience?

  • The Discovery Pass wineries are located throughout the Niagara Region and there are numerous ways to plan your experience:
  • Check out the listings and participating wineries - http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/discovery-pass
  • Visit the Wine Country Ontario Wine Route Planner - http://winecountryontario.ca/wine-route-planner
  • Visit participating winery websites - http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/wineries
  • We also recommend that you plan at least 45 minutes per winery as this program is designed to be a leisurely experience at each winery because you have specifically selected them for one reason or another.
  • Also keep in mind Niagara on the Lake and Twenty Valley are at least 30-45 minutes apart depending on traffic.
  • The program is designed to be a sampling program. Don’t forget the to bring along a Designated Driver if you want to dive into winetasting at each winery.

Recommendations for accommodations

We have several accommodation partners that we highly recommend: http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/hospitality

 

RBC Brunch in the Vineyard

What is RBC Brunch in the Vineyard?

The RBC Brunch in the Vineyard takes place at Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake on June 23rd, 11am-2pm. Join the Grape Growers of Ontario's 2018 Grape King, Chris Van de Laar for a wine and brunch pairing featuring eight of Niagara's hottest chefs! Vote on the best Brunch-Off pairing, enjoy live music, (vine)yard games and over 20 Niagara VQA wines under spectacular blue skies!

What is the Brunch-Off?

The Ultimate Brunch-Off is here! Eight of Niagara’s hottest chefs are bringing the heat and competing to win the best brunch pairing – and to win the golden skillet! Each chef will be serving you small brunch dishes. Each chef is also paired up with two wineries, so you can choose a wine to pair with your brunch. Perfect for the self-acclaimed foodie!

Can I vote in the Brunch-Off?

Of course! Each guest will receive one token upon arrival. Once you’ve tasted all the brunch dishes, drop your token in the box of your favourite pairing!

What wineries and chefs will be at this event?

Our winery partners are listed here: http://niagarawinefestival.com/wineries/page/1

Our culinary partners are listed here: http://niagarawinefestival.com/rbc-brunch-in-the-vineyard.

What will the brunch pairings be?

Stay tuned to find out!

When you say Brunch in the Vineyard is the ultimate all-inclusive ticket, what does that really mean?

Exactly that! Everything is included in this brunch experience – wine, brunch dishes, entertainment, and a guaranteed great time!

Where can I purchase RBC Brunch in the Vineyard tickets?

You can purchase tickets on the Niagara Wine Festival website: http://niagarawinefestival.com/tickets

How will I receive my Brunch ticket order?

Your Brunch tickets will be sent to the email you have provided. Simply print the ticket, or save/screenshot it to your smart phone.

What are the parking and transportation options for getting to Brunch?

Event Parking: Parking is available in the EVENT PARKING lot at Jackson-Triggs. There will be plenty of signs and FLAGS at the entry point.

Special Needs Parking: Guests with special parking needs will be directed to designated parking areas closest to the event site. To access these spaces please have your Handicapped Sticker visible, or contact gabby@niagarawinefestival.com at least 24 hours prior to the event for a pass

Will there be tickets available at the gate for the Brunch?

Tickets will not be sold at the gate. It is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance.

What should I wear?

The RBC Brunch in the Vineyard is a summer casual event in a vineyard!! Make sure your footwear is “vineyard-chic” – heels are not recommended.And prepare for Mother Nature’s unpredictable sense of humour…

  • Wellies, a cool poncho/light jacket and umbrella if there is a chance of rain
  • A hat and sunscreen if the sun is smiling down
  • A sweater or jacket if she plans to send a chill
  • Remember to wear sunblock!

Brunch pointers

  • Make sure you bring your e-ticket! Print it or have it ready on your Smart Phone.
  • Bring your ID!
  • There is some casual seating available, please do not bring chairs.
  • No pets are allowed, with the exception of service animals.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed.
  • This is a rain or shine event.

 

Get social!

Having fun? Share it! We’ll be selecting a few favourite “snap and share” moments from the weekend and rewarding these guests with Harvest Lounge passes for the Fall Festival.

Make sure to tag @niagarawinefest and use the hashtag #UNMISSABLE