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Niagara Icewine Festival: January 10th through 26th, 2014

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The annual Niagara Icewine Festival will take place Friday, January 10th through Sunday, January 26th at various wineries and locations in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, including Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catherines (less than one hour from the Buffalo area).

The festival opens on January 10th with “Xerox Icewine Gala: A Bacchus Evening of Icewine and Revelry” at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The evening features wines from more than 40 Ontario wineries combined with foods by the Fallsview Casino’s top chefs, along with entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $185 (plus taxes) and are available here.

The festivities shift outdoors over the weekend, as both St. Catherines and Jordan Village host winter festivals. The Twenty Valley Winter Winefest takes place Saturday, January 11th (11 a.m. to 10p.m.) and Sunday, January 12th (noon to 7 p.m.) on Main St. in Jordan Village. The free event features daily cooking demos from Food Network stars Danny Smile and Chuck Hughes, concerts from Hollerado and Treble Charger, fashion shows, winemakers’ challenges and more. Winterfest in the Square takes place Friday, January 24th (5 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, January 25th (throughout the day and evening) at Market Square in downtown St. Catherines; the free event features gourmet cuisine, live entertainment, a farmers market and more.

Throughout the festival, individual wineries will be hosting wine and cheese seminars; each seminar costs $20 per person, and tickets are available online. The wineries are also offering a $30 Discovery Pass for the festival, valid for Winery Experiences on weekends (Friday through Sunday, January 10th through 12th, 17th through 19th and 24th through 26th); these passes are also available online.

For more information on and tickets for Niagara Icewine Festival events, visit the Festival’s website.

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