Press Release: 2005 Niagara Wine Festival, September
NIAGARA WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2005 DETAILS
For Immediate Release September 6
St. Catharines, Ontario - The Niagara Wine Festival is pleased
to announce details of their 54th annual celebration of the grape
The Festival has grown to over 100 events including winery tours
and tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, artisan shows, wine seminars,
family entertainment and one of Canada's largest parades, running
from September 16th to the 25th.
Starting Friday September 16th, Montebello Park in downtown St.
Catharines will be the place to be for the next two weekends as
the Balderson Wine Cheese and Food Experience brings over 40 Ontario
wineries and restaurants together. Sample the best Niagara and Ontario
has to offer, while enjoying wine seminars, art shows, children's
Grapeland, grape stomps, cooking demonstrations and big name jazz,
blues and pop recording artists on the Main Stage. This year's weekend
headliners include Tributes to Chicago and Ray Charles on Friday
evening, Sue Foley on Saturday night, and Ian Thomas on Sunday evening.
Admission is free to Montebello Park which is open from 11 am to
10:30 pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 16, 17, 18, and
23, 24 and 25.
The popular VQA VIP Experience dinner series will return to the
heart of Montebello Park, September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 starting
at 6 pm each evening. VIP guests are invited to enjoy the superior
sightlines from the VIP tent as they enjoy the Featured Concert
each evening, starting at 8:00 pm. Guests will be expertly guided
by a culinary panel through a delectable four course meal each of
our six featured dates. Tickets cost $59.
Don't forget about our midweek activities when Montebello Park
opens Tuesday September 20 to Friday September 23 for great entertainment
from 4 pm to 10:30 pm. The featured act Tuesday is Rik Emmett, guitarist
and singer from the hard edged prog rock band Triumph. Wednesday,
Queenston Duty Free's "Celtic Night" brings us the humorous
and heartwarming The Irish Descendants. "A salute to the Guess
Who" will be performed by tribute band Undun on Thursday and
the ultimate Beatles clone band, the Caverners get the mop tops
hoppin' on Friday night.
Upwards of 200,000 people are expected for the 54th Grape and Wine
Parade sponsored by the Pen Centre, one of the largest and longest
running street parades in North America. The pageantry will commence
at 11 am on Saturday, September 24 through downtown St. Catharines.
"Musical Moments to Remember" is this year's Grande Parade
theme, and it is only fitting that Niagara's own Walk of Fame and
Grammy Award winner Walter Ostanek is this year's Grande Parade
Entertainment for weekend two begins right after the parade with
regional favourites, Who's Your Daddy, and Polka great Walter Ostanek.
In the evening The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort presents featured
performer and Juno Award winner jacksoul at 8 pm on the Standard
Join us for the closing day celebrations in Montebello Park on
Sunday, September 25. Entertainment begins at noon with the 60th
Anniversary tour of Luluk Purwanto and the Helsdingen Trio from
the Netherlands in salute to Canadian veterans in this Year of the
Veteran. St. Catharines' own acclaimed singer/song writer Ron Sexsmith
takes to the Standard Main Stage at 8 pm and at 9:30 pm join Subway
in a salute to Ontario's Grape and Wine industry for the Vineyard
Laser Lightshow which will illuminate Downtown St. Catharines.
New for this year is "The Best Seats in House Program".
The program allows guests to enjoy the outstanding concerts of the
2005 Niagara Wine Festival with reserved seating in the Festival
VIP area. 100 seats will be set aside for those guests who desire
private wine service. Seats can be reserved for $20 per person,
which includes $10 worth of Festival tokens and an official Wine
Festival tasting glass ($5 value). "Best Seats in the House"
tickets are available for weekdays, September 16, 20, 21, 22 and
23 for between 6 pm and 10:30 pm. For the two weekends, September
17 - 18 and September 24 - 25 two seatings are available, noon to
5 pm and 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Seats can be booked through the Festival
website at www.niagarawinefestival.com or by calling the Festival
office at (905) 688-0212.
Last year's successful launch of Festival Winery Touring Passports
will be repeated this year and will become a festival mainstay.
Visitors can present their $20 Passport at the 35 participating
Ontario wineries for complimentary and discounted activities along
Niagara's famous Wine Route. Another way to use your Passport is
to bring it to Montebello Park any day of the Festival to receive
your official ISO wine tasting glass and tokens to sample from the
more than 3 dozen wineries and restaurants in the Park.
Other highlights include.
* RBC Financial Group Industry Awards - Tuesday September 13
* 30th Bank of Montreal Artisan and Craft Show - September 16,
17, 18 and 23, 24, 25 - 10 am to 6 pm.
* 22nd Scotiabank Celebrity Luncheon with Catriona Le May Doan
- Wednesday, September 14
* VINES Magazine Wine Seminars - September 17, 18 and 24, 25 -
2 pm, 3pm and 4 pm.
* Farm Credit Canada Installation of the Grape King, Wednesday
September 14, 2:30 pm in the Grape King's Vineyard
* Brock Days - September 23, 24, and 25
* Fergie Jenkins Celebrity Events
* Wine & Cheese Party - Thursday September 15 - Four Points
Sheraton Suites, Thorald
* Charity Classic Golf Tournament - Friday, September 16 - Links
of Rockway Glen, St. Catharines
* Niagara Culinary Institute's Gourmet Pavilion - September 17,
18 and 24, 25 - 11 am to 6 pm
For complete details and ticket information, please
visit the Festival web site at
or call the Festival Office at (905) 688-0212.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager;
Brian Kroeker, Media Relations
or Festival office at firstname.lastname@example.org
PHONE (905) 688 0212 FAX (905) 688-2570
Please find our 2005 event listing in the body of this email. We
can also offer more details by visiting http://grapeandwine.com/media/index.cfm.
Please check back often as we will be posting our Highlights page,
article, and featured entertainment schedule when they become available
for download, or email. For hi-rez images, media passes, video or
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