Don’t miss NC at Niagara’s Grape and Wine Festival

This article was published on: September 16th, 2022

Canada’s largest wine festival is returning for its 70th anniversary in 2022 and the NC Teaching Winery continues to be part of the action.

Raise a glass the College’s Teaching Winery at the park or with a festival Discovery Pass, and be sure to look out for NC staff and students during the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival’s Grande Parade and throughout the festivities.

Montebello Park

NC will be a participating winery during the six-day celebration at Montebello Park  (St. Catharines) from September 16-18 and 23-25. Guests can enjoy wine and culinary experiences – including more than 100 Niagara VQA wines – as well as more than 50 hours of live music.

Entrance to the park is free and a touchless, tokenless payment system will be used for food and beverage.

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Discovery Pass

The NC Teaching Winery is part of the festival’s popular Discovery Pass program, where guests visit participating wineries across Niagara’s best wineries to enjoy premium wine and culinary experiences.

The Teaching Winery’s experience features ‘Picnic Francais’ a classic Burgundy-style Pinot Noir with rich aromas of sweet tobacco, berries, candied beet and black cherry paired with Parisian Jambon-Beurre. a smoked country ham on a sourdough baguette with Ontario gouda and porcini rosemary butter.

The featured wine is 2019 Dean’s List Pinot Noir and the featured chef is Tim Mackiddie, from Smoke and Barrel Niagara.

Discovery Passes may be purchased at

Grande Parade

Be sure to cheer on NC at the festival’s Grande Parade on Sept. 24. This year, the College float is a combined effort between NC’s Centre for Student Engagement, Student Administrative Council, and International division, and 165 students have registered to walk with the float.

Grape King

A NC Business alumnus now reigns as the 2022 Grape King for the festival.

On September 14, the Grape Growers of Ontario and Farm Credit Canada announced that Benjamin (Ben) Froese, of Willow Lake Ventures Inc  in Niagara-on-the-Lake, was chosen for the title. He was officially installed as the 65th Grape King that same day.

Froese was born and raised on a tender fruit farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake which he took over at the age of 20 and converted into vineyards which he has doubled in size to more than 40 hectares.

He has been an Arterra grower for the past 20 years and grows several varieties of wine grapes. He is also a current member of the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Growers’ Committee and Metrics Committee.

 Read more in the GGO’s news release here.

Find out more

For more information about the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, visit