Most people associate Niagara with the spectacular and ferocious falls. As a world-famous icon, this place pulls in millions of tourists every year, and when it’s surrounded by such beautiful landscapes and exciting tours, it isn’t hard to see why.
For foodies, though, there doesn’t seem much reason to visit, right? Wrong! We’re here to tell you exactly why foodies should visit Niagara Falls. It should be right at the top of your list in order to experience southern Ontario’s fantastic gastronomy scene.
It’s home to some of Canada’s top food events
When it comes to planning your trip, make sure your dates coincide with at least one of Niagara’s many food events. For a classic summer vibe during August, there’s St. Catherine’s Ribfest in Montebello Park. Delicious racks of ribs from all across North America can be tasted and enjoyed in Niagara at the festival, with live bands every day and tons of activities to enjoy.
For some traditional good fun, you could head over to Niagara Lake for the Annual Peach Festival. Celebrating its 26th this year, the festival pays tribute to growers and promoters of fresh peaches, and to ring in the yearly local peach harvest. Aside from the freshest produce on offer, there’s also delicious bakery treats on every corner.
Don’t miss out on the Niagara Food & Wine Expo, which takes place each April. This is the premier international tasting event of the year; it features wines, beers and spirits from across the world, and in particular, it gives Canada the chance to showcase some of its very best tipples. All of these tasty samples are served with fresh, local cuisine, to really enhance the experience and flavors.
There are plenty of foodie things to do in the area
You only have to take a short walk from your Niagara Falls Hotel to find dozens of restaurants and bars right on your doorstep. If you’re into fine dining, you’ll find a few local restaurateurs who are embracing the popular farm-to-table concept and offering local and seasonal foods.
You can also explore the area’s budding craft brewery scene, which has been growing steadily since 2010, with a handful of breweries and brew pubs in the area. Food trucks are also starting to become more prevalent in Niagara.
The Niagara Falls region is home to the fastest growing wine country in Canada
Did you know that there are dozens of wineries within a very short distance of Niagara Falls? This wine region’s most prized export is the fruity, rich and sweet ice wine, and there are award-winning vineyards and wineries all over this fastest growing wine region in Canada where you can try the wines.
Why not visit some of Niagara’s breathtaking vineyards on a classic food and wine tour? From April right through to November, you can take part in the Niagara on the Lake Ultimate Foodie Tour, where you’ll be guided along a three-and-a-half-hour walk along the streets of the Old Town, uncovering the area’s rich food history, discovering the culture, and being introduced to the fantastic flavors of the local cuisine.
Did we convince you to head to Niagara Falls for your next foodie vacation? Let us know what you’re planning by leaving a comment below.
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.