The Niagarafied Weekend – #4

So, what are you doing this weekend?

Me, I’ve got some family stuff happening, so I won’t be bustling around the region too much. Well, maybe on Monday, but as that’s not the weekend, it doesn’t really count. Unless I extend my weekend…now there’s a thought.

If your plans aren’t firm yet, I’ve got a few ideas for you.

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Apparently today is #NationalBeerDay. Who knew. With the birth of social media, it seems like every product/person/thing/cat/ just might have a National Day. So in honour of that, my weekend focus this time is beer.

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Please excuse my goofy grin above, but I am a total beer newbie. After some disappointment with the beer I sampled in my youth, I embraced the wonderful world of wine and never really looked back. But with the boom of the craft beer industry, and how much it’s booming in our own backyard, I think I should learn a bit more about it.

You can expect to see some beer-related posts on the blog – starting on Monday in fact. I’ll be introducing you to a couple of great guys who love craft beer, and want to share it with the world.

Until then though, here’s what you can do.

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Niagara College Project Brew Springfest

Looking for something to do Friday night? Well, Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program is hosting Project Brew Springfest 2016. Not only are they the talented producers of the beer being poured, but they have organized the event too. The theme for the night is centered around the 500th Anniversary of the German Beer Purity Law, the Reinheitsgebot. I dare you to say that word five times fast – I have trouble pronouncing it, and that’s before I’ve had a beer.

Adding to the theme, there will be food vendors providing some German and English culinary delicacies. Also, there will be some traditional German inspired class collaborative beer served right from the cask.

Sounds like a fun night, doesn’t it? Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. You get a commemorative Project Brew Springfest glass and 4 drink tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased on-site for only $2 each. The event is being held from 5-10pm, at St. Catharines Market Square.

All the details are here.

If you can’t make it Friday night, you can always visit their retail store at Niagara College.

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Another beer option for your weekend that I recently experienced is

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Tour and Brunch at Silversmith

A couple of weeks ago, I went for my first brewery tour at Silversmith. Not only was the beer tasty, but they have such friendly staff. Now these folks know a lot about beer. They explained to me Silversmith’s unique approach to it, and everything was so easy for this beer newbie to understand. After my tour, we stayed for brunch. It’s a delicious one, provided by Tide & Vine, and a great way to slide into your Sunday. It also looks like there’s some music happening on Sunday afternoons, from 3-5pm.

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Aside from my beer-related ideas, here’s a few other suggestions.

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Good Afternoon, Vietnam!

Niagara Culinary Tours hosts a Vietnamese cooking demo and dinner with Kevin Echlin, Chef/Owner of The Smokin’ Buddha, on Saturday, April 9th from 2pm-4:30 pm. I went to their Thai cooking demo last year, and had a terrific time. I know this event sold out previously, but on their website it looks like some tickets may be available. You can buy them here.

Don’t forget that they also offer foodie walking tours every weekend of St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls. I’ve been on tour with them a few times, and it’s a delicious way to spend the afternoon.

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Wine Stuff

There’s always something going on in Wine Country!

This weekend kicks off Get Fresh in The Valley – wine and food pairings at the wineries of Twenty Valley, all with a springtime focus. What better way to celebrate spring than with food, wine, and gorgeous Twenty Valley scenery?

I had a good time at the event last year. But lucky you, if you can’t go this weekend, you still have two more possible weekends to Get Fresh. Ticket details are here

Also this weekend, Malivoire is hosting Passionate About Appassimento. If you love appassimento like I do, you won’t want to miss this one. You will get to meet Graham Rennie, the man behind Rennie Estate Winery, and celebrate the release of his appassimento-style wine, 2013 ‘G’ Assemblage. Sounds wonderful to me. If it does to you too, call Malivoire to reserve your spot.

Finally, Niagara College Teaching Winery has a Sparkling Seminar on Sunday April 10th from 11:30 to 12:30. Not only will you learn the difference between sparkling and champagne, but you just might get some practice disgorging a bottle! Tickets are $15 per person, and all the details are right here.

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Gardens

This week I shared with you my Easter visit to the Floral Showhouse. If you missed that one, no worries, as their Annual Spring Show is underway as of Saturday, April 9th. This one promises a warm and serene setting bursting with gorgeous blooms, orchids and exotic tropical plants, as well as beautiful songbirds. Just reading that description makes me feel peaceful.

Don’t Forget….

Garden City Productions still has two more weekends performing Hello, Dolly! . Friday and Saturday shows will be at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm, at Ridley College’s Mandeville Theatre. You can buy tickets here

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Plan Ahead

Next weekend, from April 15th to 17th, it’s the Niagara Food & Wine Expo. A whole weekend dedicated to sampling food and wine sounds pretty great to me, how about you? There will also be a Chef Stage with demonstrations happening, and the celebrity guest this year is Stacey Simon from Stacey Simon Rendezvous on Gusto TV.

April 21st-24th, don’t forget about Reif Estate Winery’s Annual White Sale. I saw a tweet yesterday that gave a preview of some of the sale prices, and I’m telling you, you’re in for some really great deals. I drink more white wine in the spring and summer, so this one’s a must-do in my calendar.

April 29th- May 1st, is the In the Soil Arts Festival. I haven’t had a chance to take a good look at the schedule yet, but I have heard lots of good things about In the Soil. Anyone have any recommendations for me to check out at the festival?

 

I hope that gives you some ideas for your weekend. It looks like April’s going to fly right by, but I have a feeling these weekend posts might get longer and longer as spring approaches! Don’t forget to send me details of weekend events that you might know of. Though I try to do my research, I may miss some good stuff.

Have a good one!