Discover Niagara’s wine country in downtown St. Catharines

Niagara Grape and Wine Festival press release – Enjoy VQA wines, craft beer, local eats and live entertainment at the new Niagara Grape and Wine Garden on Friday and Saturday nights in September in downtown St. Catharines.

The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival is partnering with the St. Catharines Downtown Association and the City of St. Catharines to bring a new, pandemic-appropriate festival experience to St. Paul Street. The Niagara Grape and Wine Garden debuts this weekend at 201 St. Paul Street in the heart of downtown St. Catharines along the urban portion of Niagara’s Wine Route.

“We are excited to keep the spirit of the Grape and Wine Festival alive in downtown St. Catharines this September”, said Dorian Anderson, Executive Director of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. “We will miss celebrating together at Montebello Park, but the new Grape and Wine Garden will allow visitors to taste fantastic Niagara VQA wines and listen to some favourite local bands in a cool new way.”

Details for the Niagara Grape and Wine activities in the event space are as follows:

  • Fridays and Saturdays in September from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Selection of VQA wines and local craft beer will be available for purchase
  • Seating area for curbside pick-up dining
  • Entertainment, activities and vendors will vary from week to week

Live bands are scheduled for the opening weekend with The Postmen playing Friday, September 4th and Riverview performing Saturday, September 5th. Both performances run from 7-10 p.m.

“The St. Catharines Downtown Association is pleased to have another element added to the weekend street closure of St. Paul Street,” said Tisha Polocko, executive director for the St. Catharines Downtown Association. “The additional programming by the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival will provide the local wine element we all enjoy this time of year to the core.”

Centrally located at the corner of St. Paul and James Street the area provides a perfect outdoor wine and dining experience in downtown St. Catharines. A partnership with Bloom Properties, Tourism St. Catharines and the St. Catharines Downtown Association has allowed this vacant lot to be transformed into a complementary seating area for guests enjoying curbside takeout from any of the dozens of local restaurants.

Complimentary picnic table seating is available 7 days a week. The space has been designed with pandemic protocols in mind – plenty of space between tables, with capacity monitoring and sanitation stations in place on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors accessing the event space are reminded to follow the advice of Niagara Public Health; respect physical distancing; wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge; and wash/sanitize your hands often. Always wear a mask when visiting inside businesses.

“While this year’s festival will be like no other, I want to thank the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival team for its innovative concepts and efforts to carry on the celebration. With animating the space at 201 St. Paul St., this year is a great opportunity to further explore downtown St. Catharines and see all it has to offer. We have some great restaurants and businesses to rediscover and supporting them as a community, throughout this recovery process, is critical.” said Mayor Walter Sendzik.