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The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival FAQs

TD Tailgate Party

The annual TD Tailgate Party is the premium event celebrating the Homegrown Wine Festival in Niagara. This unique celebration of Niagara’s Homegrown assets features over 35 Niagara wineries uncorking their seasonal best alongside top local chefs preparing farm-to-table favourites in the vineyard at the solstice celebration. Welcome summer with award-winning wines, delicious local foods and entertainment at this all-inclusive event unique to Niagara.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
6:00 – 10:00pm
Location – Niagara College Teaching Winery, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Location – Niagara College Teaching Winery, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Your TD 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.

There is ample parking on-site at Niagara College. Taxi service is easily available.
Remember to arrange for alternate transportation in advance if you are consuming alcohol.

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.

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

If you are a returning TD 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 event 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, 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!

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

Tickets available for purchase here.

The Discovery Pass can be used at participating wineries on June 17th and 18th from 11AM-5PM.

*Dates and times may vary slightly at participating wineries.

Live in the Vines showcases a wide variety of musical entertainment at participating wineries to enjoy as you experience the incredible bounty of Niagara while enjoying your Discovery Pass. View the participating wineries and their artists here.

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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