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Monday, March 27, 2023
NOTL Icewine Festival officially cancelled, with hopes for a spring revival

Niagara-on-the-Lake's January Icewine Festival is officially cancelled.

The festival is another casualty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued provincial restrictions on gatherings.

A press release Friday from event runners Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the NOTL Chamber of Commerce said the event will hopefully be revived in spring “when it is safe to do so.”

“While we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person Icewine Festival activities this January, our wineries are currently open for purchases, curbside pickup, and some outdoor tasting experiences,” the release said.

The popular festival typically takes over a portion of Queen Street for two days in the winter months to celebrate the icewine harvest, with wineries and restaurants showcasing the sweet wines with culinary pairings.

Refunds will be available starting Monday, said chamber president Eduardo Lafforgue, though he noted people also have the option to keep their tickets for the spring event.

He said ticket holders have been contacted, otherwise they can email chamberevents@niagaraonthelake.com.

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