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The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival FAQs

TD Tailgate Party

Please check back for 2017 dates.  Join 39 celebrated Niagara wineries as they share their stories and incredible VQA wines alongside 10 local chefs who will impress with fresh culinary delights from the bounty of Niagara. There is also live entertainment throughout the evening and a Message in a Bottle game with great opportunities to win prizes at $20 and $40 price points. This is an all-inclusive event that promises to be an unforgettable start to the summer. 

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Tickets will be available through EZtix. Please check back for ticket sale dates.

Your Tailgate Party tickets will be exclusively purchased through EZ-Tix and their simple process will take care of your ticketing needs and provide additional event information.

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If you are a local resident or staying at a nearby accommodation partner, it is suggested to use a local taxi service or arrange to be dropped off.

If you are travelling as a group, renting a limo service is a great way to travel and you can be dropped off and picked up on site without the worry of parking or travelling as a group. 

The TD Tailgate Party is an all-inclusive event featuring the finest in Niagara VQA wines and local, fresh culinary from the farm to your fork. Wineries will provide sampling of newly released or their summer picks and chefs use the freshest in Niagara produce to create mouthwatering small plate offering. To view the featured Chefs and wineries please click here.

This is a 19+ licensed event. Valid ID required.

If you are a returning Tailgate Party guest or looking to attend this incredible event among the vines, it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance. The 2016 was sold out and this year’s event is tracking to be another sold out event. 

Dress casual! This is a party in a vineyard/farm and entirely outdoors.

High heels are not the best or practical option for footwear. The party is on farmland and not the best environment for heels. And you might find yourself dancing to New Country tunes and want to be comfortable.

Remember to wear sunblock!

Remember that this event is not in a traditional environment and parking is very limited and we do not guarantee you can park on-site. The area is surrounded by farmland and private property and there will be no parking available in the immediate area. Shuttle Bus transport is highly recommended.

Make sure you bring your e-ticket! Print it or have it ready on your Smart Phone!

There is some casual seating available, please do not bring chairs.

No pets are allowed, with the exception of service animals.

No outside food or beverages are allowed.

This is a rain or shine event.

Homegrown Niagara Wine Festival Discovery Passes

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The Discovery Pass wineries are located throughout the Niagara Region and there are numerous ways to plan your experience:

Check out the listings and participating wineries - http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/discovery-pass-listings

Visit the Wine Country Ontario Wine Route Planner - http://winecountryontario.ca/wine-route-planner

Visit participating winery websites - http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/wineries

We also recommend that you plan at least 45 minutes per winery as this program is designed to be a leisurely experience at each winery because you have specifically selected them for one reason or another.

Also keep in mind Niagara on the Lake and Twenty Valley are at least a half hour to 45 minutes apart depending on traffic.

The program is designed to be a sampling program so you will not be overdoing it unless you taste additional wines at each winery. Don’t forget the Driver’s Pass is a perfect plan if you want to dive into winetasting at each winery. 

The Driver’s Discovery Pass was created for designated drivers and for those who want to enjoy the culinary side of the experience without the wine. Each Driver’s Pass offers eight experiences to indulge in the mouth-watering creations as they enjoy the beauty of the Wine Route.

  • Passes can be shared, used over numerous dates and if you love your experience and want to do it twice you can
  • Experiences are scanned from your printed copy or on your Smart Phone and each time you redeem a ‘voucher’ at a participating winery it will automatically remove that ticket from your supply. So keep track of your stops or you may need to buy an additional pass.
  • The Festival works with numerous accommodation partners and their links can be found under the Hospitality Tab here.



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