Events & Activities

Northern Grapes Webinar Series - “Impact of training systems on viticulture performance of cold-hardy wine grapes”

*Wednesday*, March 22nd, 2017 12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central) 7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central) with Amaya Atucha, Paolo Sabbatini, and Madeline Wimmer

This seminar will present research results from a trial in southern Wisconsin on the effect of three training systems: vertical shoot positioning, Scott-Henry, and high wire cordon on the viticulture performance of four cold-hardy grape cultivars: Marquette, Frontenac, La Crescent, and Brianna.  Amaya Atucha is an assistant professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has a research and extension program in fruit crops focused on production practices to increase sustainability and fruit quality.  Madeline Wimmer is a graduate student at UW-Madison in the Atucha group.  Paolo Sabbatini is an associate professor of horticulture at Michigan State University.  He has research and extension responsibilities in viticulture, and he has evaluated wine grape cultivars to optimize vine productivity and quality for the Northern Grapes Project.

Please register here:

Registering for one Northern Grapes Webinar will place you on the mailing list, and you will receive announcements and connection instruction for all further Northern Grapes Webinars. Registration will close at 12pm (Eastern) on Friday, March 17th. For more information on the Northern Grapes Webinars visit the webpage:

OFVGA Annual General Meeting - January 10 & 11, 2017


The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association AGM will be held January 10 and 11, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario.

Please visit the OFVGA website to the view the agenda. Early bird registration is open until December 15th at a rate of $150.00 per person.
After December 15th the rate will be $175.00. Use this link to register for the event.

The OFVGA has a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn for AGM registrants until December 15th, 2016. Please call 1 866 568-0059 or email to reserve your room before December 16th. Contact Donna Francis at or 519-763-6160 x 116 for more information.


OMAFRA Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Webinars

Join the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ new webinars to learn what Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food safety schemes work best for your business. Learn first-hand from GFSI representatives and scheme owners about the key aspects of featured schemes. To register or for more information:

Registration is FREE but space is limited
All webinars are from 11am-12pm (Eastern Standard Time - EST)

GFSI Webinar Topics for FOOD PROCESSORS:
Registration deadline: December 22, 2016. Register for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 topics
Webinar 1: Introduction and GFSI overview - February 2, 2017
Webinar 2: Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 - February 6, 2017
Webinar 3: British Retail Consortium (BRC) - February 8, 2017
Webinar 4: Safe Quality Food (SQF) code - February 10, 2017

GFSI Webinar Topics for PRODUCERS:
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017. Register for 1, 2 or all 3 topics
Webinar 1: Introduction and GFSI overview - March 7, 2017
Webinar 2: Canada Gap - March 9, 2017
Webinar 3: Safe Quality Food (SQF) code - March 23, 2017

Mark your calendar for Cuvée 2017 - March 24-26, 2017


The 29th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting will take place Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

The Grand Tasting is one of Ontario's most sought-after wine and culinary events featuring  50 VQA wineries pouring their winemaker's favourite wines and 12 celebrated chefs preparing signature dishes at live cooking stations. Tickets to the Grand Tasting include a Cuvée en Route passport, allowing ticket holders access to exclusive tasting flights at more than 30 Niagara wineries from March 24-26. En Route passports can also be purchased individually.

Visit to purchase tickets and view the 2017 participating Ontario VQA wineries.

Wrapped up in the Valley - November 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th, 26th and 27th

Choose a weekend to enjoy a culinary treat paired alongside a premium wine, each winery will present you with a unique pairing carefully crafted to complement the noteworthy flavours of Niagara. Mark off the wineries you’ve visited along the way on the passport map — but don’t forget to collect the recipe cards at each stop as you create your own cookbook. From the top of the escarpment on the Beamsville bench, through to the winding roads in St. Catharines, come and taste the best of what the Twenty Valley has to offer.
Can’t make it out for an entire weekend? The passport can also be purchased for Sundays only, providing access for all three Sundays of the program. 

Taste the Season Holiday Open House in EPIC Wine Country  November 26 & 27  

It’s that time of year –time to eat, drink and be merry!  Your Local EPIC wineries invite you to do exactly that at Taste the Season – their 9th Annual Holiday Open House taking place Saturday & Sunday November 26 & 27, 2016. Tour EPIC Wine Country to experience true Holiday warmth at participating wineries and give back through your canned good or monetary donation at each stop. Each of the 10 participating EPIC Wineries will treat you to a seasonal food and wine pairing, great gift ideas.

Taste the Season –Niagara-on-the-Lake- weekends in November from 11 am to 5 pm


Taste the Season is Niagara-on-the-Lake’s must-do event in November! Celebrate the season’s bounty with locally inspired VQA wine and food pairings at each of our member wineries.
Click here to print a list of participating wineries and tasting details.
This $45 (plus HST) touring pass entitles you, the holder, to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of our member wineries and is valid November 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27 – 11am to 5pm.
Transportation is not included but can be arranged with one of our official transportation partners.


Wassail – Prince Edward County -Nov 19 & 20, Nov 26 & 27, Dec 3 & 4, 2016

Join Prince Edward County’s winemakers for mulled wines, comfort foods and festive good cheer.
Ontario’s most unique wine celebration, Wassail pays tribute to the age old tradition of celebrating the harvest before the arrival of winter. Merrymakers would travel from house to house singing, feasting and, of course, quenching their thirst with local grog.
In Prince Edward County, after harvest we rush to bury the vines to withstand the cold winter. Once the job is done, it’s time to party and everyone is invited!
During the last two weekends in November and the first weekend of December, this modern version of Wassail is a fun time to visit wineries and join in the festivities. Arrive singing a seasonal tune and be treated to free tastes of mulled wine, plus comfort foods and sweet treats! Cross wine-lovers off your list with gifts of wine or wine-related items, or shop for unique, local and handmade crafts and other gifts.

Bus tours are offered each Saturday and Sunday during Wassail, $25 per person + HST.
For participating wineries and bus tour details, click here.

The Judgement of Kingston - Chardonnay Tasting



TASTE Community Grown

Saturday, September 24, 2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crystal Palace, Picton

TASTE community grown is one of Prince Edward County's most highly anticipated wine and culinary festivals and a gathering of the best food and drink purveyors the area has to offer, all in one place.

The market features uniquely "County" artisanal cheese, preserves and other high quality products. Sample food and beverages from of Prince Edward County's best restaurants, wineries and cideries.

Seminars & County Chopped

FREE PARKING AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE.  Tickets $30 in advance/ $40 at the gate:  Buy Tickets Now

Educational Workshop With Dr. Marc Fuchs

OGWRI invites you to attend an Educational Workshop with Dr. Marc Fuchs.
Dr. Fuchs - an expert on Red Blotch and Leafroll - is a researcher at Cornell University where he focuses on studying interactions between viruses, vectors, and plant hosts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hosted at CCOVI, Brock University - Academic South 204
Parking: Please obtain a free parking pass from the attendant at the kiosk

Space is limited, registration for this event will be accepted on a first come - first serve basis.
RSVP to Eleanor Hawthorn by Wednesday, August 10th at: or 905 688-0990 ext 229.

OFVGA 2016 Summer Tour


Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA) summer tour is "Exploring the dirt in potatoes" in the Alliston/Shelburne area.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Beginning at the Nottawasaga Inn, 6015 Highway 89, Alliston, ON with registration and breakfast from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.  Board buses at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Buses will return to the Nottawasaga Inn at approximately 5:15 p.m.
Please note: cars are not allowed to follow the buses durin gthe tour; you must ride the bus to be part of the tour.
Important: please remember to wear closed toe, flat shoes/boots for your safety when touring farming operations.
Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Nottawasaga Inn, at 705-435-5501.  Please advise that you are with the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers SummerTour to receive a special group rate.
Pre-registration is required at 
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2016 Bi-Annual Grape Research Tailgate Tour

The 2016 Bi-Annual Grape Research Tailgate Tour is being held on August 24, 2016 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm and includes stops at Lambert Farm and Lawrie Farm in NOTL, Cave Spring Vineyards in Beamsville and Henry of Pelham Winery in St. Catharines. Please click here for full details. RSVP by August 19 to or 905-562-1631.



Exciting opportunity to "recharge your battery" with women from across the province working in agriculture and related industries.
Listen, Learn, Network and Grow Life skills for Leadership

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