Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Icewine Village expanded to the size of a small city on Saturday.
Hundreds of people walked shoulder-to shoulder on Queen Street in the Old Town heritage district, sipping icewine and sampling food such as duck grilled cheese sandwiches, squash and shrimp soup, and pulled pork and beans.
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The main street was closed to vehicles as wineries and local restaurants served up customers under portable tents. Entrance to the village is free. Food and wine is purchased with tokens available for sale at various locations.
The village was forced to close Sunday because of high wind. Organizers say the shops are still open.
Those looking to continue the icewine experience can participate in the tasting series Get Schooled in Cool, featuring Canada’s icewine insiders as the hosts. The in-depth tasting of at least four icewines is held at one of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and takes place at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, 26 and 27.
Then on Jan. 26 and 27 people are invited to Shop, Sip, Sample and Savour the heritage district of NOTL. From noon to 5 p.m. the Landmark Shops of Niagara-on-the-Lake will host event with Canadian jazz music, food pairings and more for $30 per person.
For details on the Icewine Festival events in Niagara-on-the-Lake visit www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com.