Team Beer vs. Team Wine: Students to battle for ultimate pairing on Nov. 29

Wine or beer – which will win the challenge of the best food-beverage pairing? The guests will decide on Nov. 29 as part of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute’s Caps Corks and Forks event.   

This will be Round 7 of the popular series at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) where a team of students from the College’s wine program battle a team of students from the College’s beer program for supremacy. Team Wine and Team Beer will each present a different beverage selection to complement each course of the six-course meal prepared by the College’s culinary students. Guests who purchased tickets to the dinner event will vote on the best pairing after each course to determine the winner.  

“Caps Corks and Forks is a truly unique approach to food wine and beer education in Canada” said Craig Youdale dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “It not only provides an enjoyable experience for our guests but is an unparalleled learning opportunity for students from all three program areas at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute – culinary wine and beer – who have an opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge.  

The sold-out dinner event to be held at Benchmark restaurant at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus beginning at 6 p.m. will feature two special guest hosts: Food Network host Anna and culinary professor Michael Olson. 

Since it was launched in 2012 Caps Corks and Forks has become a popular event series at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and sparked a playful rivalry between wine and beer students at the College. It has culminated in three victories for Team Wine – made of students from the College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician and Wine Business Management programs – and three wins for Team Beer – comprised of students from the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.

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. Visit

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 Part-Time Studies 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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