Canadian award-winning DIY’er to speak at 30th Annual Celebrity Luncheon

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Bryan Baeumlerwill be the speaker at the 30th Annual Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 62nd Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 18th at 11:30 a.m. 

“The Grape Growers of Ontario are excited to have a local HGTV Canada host and DIY guru speaking at this year’s Celebrity Luncheon,” says Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario. “As we celebrate the Grape Growers of Ontario’s 30th Annual Celebrity Luncheon, Bryan will bring a truly Canadian view to the event,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario.

Bryan Baeumler is a natural teacher, educating and entertaining viewers as the Gemini award-winning host of HGTV Canada’s House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, Leave it to Bryan and House of Bryan. He is also a judge on Canada’s biggest competition series, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and has made guest appearances on Deck Wars and HGTV’d. Bryan is a ‘hands-on’ contractor who, after learning the tricks of the trade from his father, started his own handyman business at the age of 14. Bryan firmly believes he hasn’t put in an honest day’s work unless he gets his hands dirty!

“For the third year running, Meridian is pleased to continue our sponsorship of the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon,” said Ken Janzen, Meridian’s Senior Director and Branch Manager. “The luncheon represents an important event for the community, as we celebrate the grape harvest and importance of this sector to both the wine and tourist industries. The economic impact is substantial and we view the luncheon as bringing a focus on its importance.”

"What better way to celebrate Ontario grapes than with a man who makes a living getting his hands dirty?" said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in reference to this years’ speaker. "Rich, Greenbelt soil and an agreeable climate all lend to Niagara's successful wine industry. For eight years the Foundation has supported the Grape Growers of Ontario in their endeavours and we continue to recognize the importance and impact of their work."

“For 62 years the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival has honoured the excellence of the Niagara Grape Growers. The Grape Growers of Ontario are a founding partner of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and our Board of Directors values their strong support of our 3 annual Festivals. The Annual Luncheon has become a highly anticipated event that marks the beginning of another harvest celebration. We eagerly anticipate this years’ Gemini-awarded guest and everyone’s favourite renovation hero, HGTV’s

Brian Baeumler. We are certain that his shared wisdom will lead to more than a few home improvements or demolitions across Niagara.”  Barry Katzman, Chair, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

Online ticket purchases can be made at www.niagarawinefestival.com. Ticket order forms are available at www.grapegrowersofontario.comor by calling the office at (905) 688-0990.

The Grape Growers of Ontario represents over 500 active growers on 17,000 acres in three viticulture areas (Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County).  We are the advocate of all processing grape growers in the province working to ensure the market for Ontario grapes and wines expands domestically and internationally. 

For more information contact: Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario at (905) 401-2471