It’s that time of the year again! Niagara Icewine Festival 2013 is in full swing.
Dan and I kicked off the celebration at the Niagara-on-the-Lake festival this past Saturday. It was the destination for wine connoisseurs and foodies alike. The town closed down historic Queen Street, popped up tents, and lined the path with ice tables and rustic sign-markers.
People sipped their way down Queen Street, cheeks getting rosier and smiles getting wider as they went. Boasting a celebratory atmosphere and an understated elegance, this Niagara-on-the-Lake event comes across as a more accessible family affair rather than a strictly adult event. The food and wine tents were set up in close proximity allowing patrons to easily pick and pair different items to suit their tastes.
The Queen Street celebration was not just a boom for wineries but also showed a surge in business for the local shops. Adorable boutiques and specialty shops that dot the historic street are usually packed with tourists all Summer, but the Icewine Festival in the Winter really helps business during what most shops would call their slow season.
It is a true luxury that Niagara residents have Icewine at their fingertips. Most climates cannot support the production of liquid gold and this rarity has sparked a demand that reaches across the world. Asia in particular is known for cherishing Icewine as a delicacy and, as a result, Asian tourists are frequently spotted during the Icewine festival season.
Stay tuned for more articles to come as we take our Discovery Pass to individual wineries!
Want to know more about icewine and its production? We interviewed Jackson-Triggs winemaker Marco Piccoli recently here.