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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Winter WineFest returns January 12

Setting the stage for Icewine Harvest Celebrations

Celebrity Chef Susur Lee

Lincoln, Ontario – Niagara’s Twenty Valley is thrilled to announce Celebrity Chef Susur Lee as host of the 2018 Winter WineFest. Chef Lee is a Hong Kong-Canadian chef based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Lee owns several Toronto Restaurants and is a seasoned judge on Chopped Canada and Top Chef Canada.

This is Chef Lee’ s first appearance at Winter WineFest. He will be hosting the popular ‘Sparkling Dinner’ January 13th and the ‘Icewine Brunch’ January 14th, bringing his flair for authentic culinary flavours to create menus that focus on beautiful wines from Niagara’s Twenty Valley.  Both events are hosted in the panoramic Windows Room at Inn on the Twenty.

The Sparkling Dinner features a four-course dinner, inspired and curated by Chef Lee. Each delectable course is paired beautifully with VQA Wines. Dinner tickets are $125 plus HST and seating is limited. The Icewine Brunch, also inspired by Chef Lee, features aromatic wines paired with a three-course menu fit for any foodie! Brunch tickets are $80 plus HST with limited seating. Tickets are on sale now.

In addition to the Celebrity Chef, we have a weekend filled with stellar live entertainment. We are equally excited to announce that on the evening of Saturday, January 13th, the Canadian Alternative Folk Rock band, Cowboy Junkies will be gracing the Winter Winefest stage. For more than 30 years the Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.  This authentic Canadian voice likens the authentic winter experience Winter WineFest celebrates annually. Local bands from Niagara and beyond will be heating up the festival stage while you make your way around the event.

Annually, Winter WineFest kicks off the month-long Icewine celebrations throughout the region.  The event showcases over thirty-five premium food and craft beverage producers from the region for an authentic winter experience. The outdoor European-styled market highlights the beauty of the season and the charm of Jordan Village with warm cozy fire pits, outdoor art installations surrounded by thousands of twinkle lights. In addition to seasonal celebrations and healthy competitions, the Celebrity Chef also hosts and judges the One-Pot Challenge Saturday afternoon, offering all guests the opportunity to meet him in person.

The Cowboy Junkies

“This year in particular, as celebrations close on Canada’s 150, we are excited to announce Twenty Valley’s twist on a truly iconic Canadian winter event” said Kristene Smith, Executive Director, “Winter WineFest celebrates all things Canadian; from our Headliner and Celebrity Chef to our competitive winter spirit, and finally, the authentic Icewine Harvest which only can happen as a result of our beautiful winter climate.”

Festival hours are Friday, January 12: 6:00 – 10:00PM, Saturday, January 14: 12:00PM – 10:00PM and Sunday, January 15: 12:00PM – 5:00PM. Stay tuned for more exciting news about Winter WineFest’s 2018 programming. For news and tickets visit:

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