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Niagara Wine Festivals - Ice Wine Festival

6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7B6 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls Directions

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Report | 3 years ago
Hello my 3 friends and I purchased a groupon for the NWF for the weekend of Jan 29-31. We decided to go after work on the Friday. We are from Hamilton so it was a bit of a journey to get there. It did not seem clear what our groupon entitled us to other than an apparent ticket reduction from I think $50 to what we paid $35. We were under the impression that we would be entitled to some tickets or coupons for some of the food and wine offerings at the show. All what we got was a ticket that entitled us to go for the 3 days (and who would want to go for 3 days anyways.... 2 days is MORE than enough for a not so big event), a wine glass, a simple and rather unstable looking corkscrew and many coupons for restaurants in the vicinity that offered a 10% or not much more for food! We would have to leave the convention centre to take advantage of these restaurant savings. This was not our intent for going to this convention. Any sampling of food or wine at the fair required us to buy tickets for which is all fine if we clearly understood what we were buying into. We thought that for $35, we would get at least a couple of tickets included for the actual event itself to go towards food or wine. We were all very disappointed and felt that we were taken advantage of. We wanted to go to the event itself and partake of what the event had to offer, not obtain useless coupons for restaurants we had no interest in going to. We did go again the following day on the Sat and did enjoy the live bands over the 2 days but further to that, we will never go to this kind of event again.
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Report | 3 years ago
not very good value for money. bought 2 tickets to get in and then once inside had to buy more tickets to cover the cost of food and wine tastings. $20 for 6 tokens and each tasting cost 1 or 2 tokens. that makes it $3.30 or $6.60 per tasting of 1-2 oz sample.Then there was the coatroom charge of $3 per coat.We walked there but there was probably a parking charge as well. Have to say I was not impressed
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Report | 3 years ago
No value for your money; approx. 100 ft of hallway offering food and ice wine that we had to pay for and vouchers for visiting wineries (outside the festival) which had no bearing on "Icewine Festival" and a cheap wine glass. Samples required one two or three tokens @$3.25. What did the cover charge entail? A wine glass? There was no incentive to visit the Festival for more than one visit. Would not participate in future events. Very disappointed!
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Report | 3 years ago
the wine tasting was false advertising. there was no free wine tasting, the customer can only get it by visiting the winery. I would have not paid to go there for free admission and a free glass, not for $35.
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Report | 3 years ago
Make the admission price include 6 tokens min. Have the venue at one of the wineries. Food is good. Ice sculptures are a disappointment
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Report | 3 years ago
Would rather one day pass discount, don't need to go back for 3 days. would rather have other wine events to go to.
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The groupon was very misleading. The admission ticket did not include anything except admission, a glass and a cheap wineopener. Once inside you had to purchase additional tickets to sample the food or wine. This was a complete rip off.
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Report | 3 years ago
The biggest rip-off we've ever encountered. Most misleading statements in the offer: “ Sip VQA and ice wines from 20+ Niagara-based wineries, paired with dishes from 10 of the area’s eateries, while listening to live music.” Nowhere did it sate that you needed to spend at least an additional $100 in the form of vouchers for 2 people to sample 'some' of what was on offer from the participants. To try all 20 would have been at least another $140. Why would anyone go back for a second or third day when it only took us 1 hour to walk around the venue? Passports to local wineries during 'taste of the season' or 'get fresh' are better value and this "ice wine festival' mislead us to believe it would be similar to the aforementioned. The most disappointing experience we've ever had in the Niagara region. Hugely embarrassed that I convinced another couple to buy the groupon. Festival organizers: you should be ashamed of yourselves for such misleading wording in your offer and clearly state that you are only paying for admittance into the venue. It should have sated: Parking and samples will cost extra. Seriously, who would really pay $69, plus $10 in parking just to walk into a venue where you then have to pay $7.00 to try a sample? Shame on you.
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Report | 3 years ago
Groupon as always does great in my books, but some of the events/deals have a lot to be desired at times that they promote. As usual the Scotia Centre seems to want to nickel and dime their guests at their events. The token pricing and parking fees are way out there and should be changed. I realize that you are in this to make money, but come on now lets get real. The dessert vendor for example at your festival is charging 1 token for a truffle. That is $3.25, are you kidding me. I saw a bottle of water at another for the same price 1 token $3.25 just ripping people here and there. I can buy 24 bottles for about the cost of one at your venue. Why not lower the prices so that more people can partake in your Festivals/shows. Doing this would definitely grow your exposure and bottom line. Instead of only having 2000 show up to your festival/shows you could draw 5000/10,000 people as more would be able to afford such an outing. Just think of how big it would grow when you have all those people talking about it rather than the select few. Word of mouth and social media these days is what will make or break events like this in the future. Good Luck in the future as you are going to need it I feel. Myself, friends, and family will not be returning in the future until there is a drastic change in the value we receive for our hard earned dollars, and we will make it known to others just how we felt about such an event at this venue.
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Report | 3 years ago
The Ice Wine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Ctr. was poor value for the 64.00 Groupon pass. The website wasn't up or it was difficult to find in a google searchwhen we look at it to compare to the Groupon pass. So we ended up buying the pass even though we were only going to go for the Friday night. The pass didn't include any sampling or food tickets. So we spent 34.50 each for the entrance and lame coupons in a bag along with a cheap corkscrew. We would have preferred some tasting passes to the wineries that were at the event. We don't live nearby and traveled one hour and 25 mins to get there. So with our gas, parking fee, entrance fee and having to buy tickets for the night to experience the wine and food it was a costly night. Some of the food vendors didn't give 6.50 worth of food either. It was a sample. We enjoyed some of the concept but the Groupon should have been for one day and a nominal entrance fee. The music was too loud too. I was glad to see one of the organic/biodynamic wineries there. Thank goodness. I was with 3 others and we all said it wasn't good value. None of us would go again at this pricing structure. Include the parking or something in the if you are going to charge an entrance fee. Thanks for the an opportunity to give feedback.
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Entering its 21st year, the annual Icewine Festival will once again celebrate one of Canada's most-beloved products: Ontario ice wine. The festival unfolds at the end of January inside Scotiabank Convention Centre, and it will have plenty to offer:

  • To drink: premium VQA wines and ice wines from more than 20 Niagara-based wineries
  • To eat: savoury dishes from 10 of the area's most-popular culinary wizards
  • To see (and hear): live bands, including, The Caverners, Desire, Jonesy and the Madhatters
  • To do: visit the outdoor winter wonderland, complete with ice sculptures and lighting displays

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