Niagara College to host Craft Beer and BBQ Festival

Niagara College’s Brewmaster students are capping off their academic year by organizing a new festival – and the entire community is invited.

 As part of Niagara College’s first-ever Craft Beer and BBQ Festival the College will welcome craft breweries from throughout Ontario and some of North America’s top barbecue chefs to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Saturday April 12.

 Twelve Ontario craft breweries will be set up at the outdoor event including Niagara Oast House Brewers (NOTL) Silversmith Brewing (NOTL) Black Oak Brewing Company (Oakville) Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (Vankleek Hill) Left Field Brewery (Toronto) Gananoque Brewing Company (Gananoque) Collingwood Brewery (Collingwood) Mill St. Brewery (Toronto) Nickel Brook Brewery (Burlington) Sawdust City Brewery (Gravenhurst) Flying Monkeys (Barrie) and Railway City Brewing Company (St. Thomas).

 Guests can sample food from some of the top grillmasters on the continent including NC chef professor and ‘godfather of the grill’ Ted Reader and visiting barbecue chefs Dr. BBQ’ Ray Lampe Eric Martinez Timoth Grandinetti ‘Diva Q’ Danielle Bennett Dimovski Andy Annat and Sue Torres. The visiting barbecue chefs will also host hourly cooking seminars on site for guests to attend free of charge.

 Guests will also have the opportunity to taste the ‘final exams’ of 23 second-year Brewmaster students who were tasked with creating their own beer as their final test before graduation. The students are a vying for the best beer and winners will be announced at the festival.

 The College’s culinary students will also be in on the action participating in a barbecue competition sponsored by Big Green Egg to be judged by a panel of expert barbecue chefs.

 “I’m proud of the work our students have done to organize NC’s first Craft Beer and BB Festival which promises to be a wonderful community event” said Craig Youdale dean of NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “This event is a great opportunity for our beer and culinary students to work alongside leaders in the barbecue world and Ontario’s burgeoning craft brewery industry including some of our own Brewmaster graduates.”

 NC’s Craft Beer and BBQ festival will also include tutored tastings and tours of the newly expanded NC Teaching Brewery. It will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. ID as well as the purchase of a festival glass and tokens will be required for beer service.

 Once the festival concludes 4 p.m. the excitement will continue inside for guests of the sold-out Chef Signature Series dinner featuring the visiting barbecue chefs on the same evening. The dinner event to be held at the NOTL Campus cafeteria is the final of the series of five events hosted by NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute this year. The events offer guests the opportunity to enjoy cuisine prepared by various top chefs in one sitting while giving NC culinary students a taste for the industry as they work with the featured chefs to prepare the meal. Previous events featured chefs from NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute the Niagara region Toronto and the Ottawa Valley.

 The Canadian Food and Wine Institute located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is the college’s centre for food wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark the college’s teaching restaurant as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery. It is also home to Junior Culinary Team Canada to represent our nation at the 2016 World Culinary Olympics.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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