Last week, we invited over two dozen food and travel media to experience locally sourced food and wine pairings at our five unique dining destinations. Here’s a taste of what we served up!
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Queenston Heights Restaurant
Our first stop on the culinary crawl was the historic Queenston Heights Restaurant, located 15 minutes north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway, at the foot of Brock’s Monument. Nestled high atop the Niagara Escarpment in the quaint village of Queenston, the restaurant overlooks the winding Niagara River and the manicured gardens of Queenston Heights Park.
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At Queenston Heights Restaurant, guests sipped on Trius Merlot while enjoying Chef Bill Greenan’s Braised Ontario Short Ribs on a bed of Sundried Tomato and Arugula Risotto. During the meal, we discussed how Niagara Parks Culinary is working with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) to achieve full Feast ON certification at all of five of our full-service restaurants. Three of our five restaurants are currently Feast ON certified, with the remaining two aiming to receive their certifications later this year. The Feast ON accreditation recognizes businesses committed to showcasing Ontario’s unique taste of place and is awarded to restaurants following a rigorous review of their menus and food purchase history. Through the Feast ON program, Niagara Parks is helping to support and profile Ontario products while bringing particular focus to the Niagara region and our local producers.
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Our next stop was Whirlpool Restaurant, located on the grounds of one of Canada’s most highly rated and renowned public golf courses. Whirlpool Golf Course was designed by famous golf course architect Stanley Thompson and officially opened on July 2, 1951. The course will be celebrating its 65th anniversary this summer.
The airy dining room at Whirlpool Restaurant offered the group panoramic views of the tree-lined Niagara Parkway that runs alongside the course. Chef Tim VandeLaar served up a creamy Asparagus and Forest Mushroom Soup with Quinoa Salad with Micro Greens. The dish paired perfectly with a glass of Reif Estate’s Pinot Grigio.
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Whirlpool Aero Car
On our way to Legends on the Niagara, we stopped to take a ride on the 100-year-old Whirlpool Aero Car and sampled hand crafted sweets from Pop and Lolly’s Candy Shop.
2016 marks the centennial anniversary for the Whirlpool Aero Car, which was designed by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo. The Whirlpool Aero Car soars 3,500 feet across the Canadian side of the Niagara River and offers riders panoramic views of both the swirling waters below and surrounding gorge scenery.
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Legends on the Niagara Restaurant
Next we travelled south along the Niagara Parkway passed Table Rock, the Floral Showhouse and the site of the Battle of Chippawa to arrive at Legends on the Niagara Golf Course. Located inside the golf course’s grand clubhouse, Legends on the Niagara Restaurant is situated on the rolling greens that border historic War of 1812 grounds.
Here, Chef Chris Brown served up tender Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Apple and Rosemary Chutney, with a side of spicy Pad Thai Noodles. The dish was paired with a glass of Creekside Syrah.
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Queen Victoria Place Restaurant
Our next stop was Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, located in the heart of Queen Victoria Park which overlooks the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Constructed in 1904, the building was the former residence of the Commissioners of Niagara Parks.
As it enters its 112th year in the heart of Queen Victoria Park, Queen Victoria Place Restaurant offers guests a true taste of Niagara with locally sourced cuisine presented in the indoor dining room or on the outdoor terrace.
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At Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, we sampled Chef Sidney Krick’s flaky Northern Rainbow Trout wrapped in a Spinach and Sweet Potato Strudel with Shoal Lake Wild Rice. The dish was paired with Jackson Triggs’ Reserve Chardonnay.
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During the meal, Lindsay from WildPlay Niagara Falls spoke to guests about two brand new attractions opening in Niagara Parks later this summer. WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls will be opening just north of Queen Victoria Place at Grandview Marketplace, at the base of Clifton Hill. Riders will soar on four parallel ziplines, travelling 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge, and will enjoy panoramic views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course will also be opening later this summer at Thompson’s Point, offering three self-paced courses including dozens of climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games.
Elements on the Falls
The last stop on the culinary crawl was Elements on the Falls. Situated on the upper level of Table Rock Centre, only steps from the brink of Horseshoe Falls, Elements on the Falls offers an unforgettable view of the falls any time of the year.
At Elements on the Falls, guests dined on a timbale of Spaghetti Squash and Bean Pulses, served with Hemp Seed Ratatouille and a Maple Vidal Drizzle. Chef Elbert’s work of art was paired with Château des Charmes’ Gamay Noir.
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For dessert, guests enjoyed Raspberry and Peach Sorbet on Pear Sponge Cake. The sorbet and sponge cake was cloaked with a white chocolate dome which was then melted by pouring the decadent Cherry-Scented Hot Chocolate Sauce atop the dessert.
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Experience local cuisine with Niagara Parks, Ontario’s only 56 kilometre outdoor adventure museum, by visiting any five of the full-service restaurants listed above. Looking for more adventure? Check out Niagara Parks Attractions located on the Niagara Parkway with one of our Niagara Falls Adventure Passes.
Feast on the Parkway was presented by Niagara Parks Culinary, with gracious support from WildPlay Niagara Falls. For more information on dining in Niagara Parks, please visit www.niagaraparks.com/dining.