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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Niagara College offering quick seasonally-themed courses during the holidays

Niagara residents have a chance to up their entertaining game this holiday season, thanks to a roster of holiday-themed workshops offered by the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College.

Together with the school’s part-time studies program, CFWI is offering quick courses on a variety of subjects, such as holiday baking, making freezable appetizers, and — newly introduced — a course on holiday cocktails, in which participants will learn the basics of what makes a great tasting cocktail, how it's prepared, and the history of the ingredients being used.

Craig Youdale, dean of CFWI, said the courses are an “opportunity for our community and region to experience what our students experience each and every day.”

The cocktail workshop will be led by Andrea Fujarczuk, wine judge, writer, and graduate of the college’s winery and viticulture technician program.

“We’ll learn the origins of cocktails, the importance of the balance in each drink, and help you customize signature drinks and impress your guests while you celebrate with friends and family this holiday season,” said Fujarczuk.

The course will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, and is open to anyone 18 and older. 

A full list of the CFWI’s part-time training offerings is available at, www.canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca/classes.

“We have such a unique opportunity to showcase our incredible region, the talent of our team and our amazing facilities. Our part-time holiday courses provide a fun, entertaining and interactive platform that supports lifelong learning at its finest,” said Jeff Steen, the CFWI’s industry engagement and corporate training manager.

Registration is also open for the NC Greenhouse’s annual holiday workshop, where participants will enjoy fresh baked products and hot beverages prepared by Benchmark Restaurant, and learn to create a visually stunning display of holiday greens to adorn the house.

Four sessions are available from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8.

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