Fun for foodies and families alike at Decadence

A harsh winter is set to melt – for one day, at least – at Decadence, NC’s annual celebration of chocolate and Icewine.

A full day of family fun, great tastes and culinary competition is on the menu for the fourth-annual event, which takes place February 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

“Decadence is our way of showcasing the delicious and exciting work that we’re doing at our Canadian Food and Wine Institute, while celebrating the wonderful tastes of chocolate and Icewine,” said Craig Youdale, dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “This is a great opportunity for families and foodies alike to experience all that our Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus has to offer.”

The day will feature the popular Kids Cooking Classes ($10 registration is available online at; chocolate manicures, carriage rides along with chocolate and pastry demonstrations by leading chefs and chocolatiers, including NC chef/professor Philippe Corbiere, the Food Network’s Anna Olson and World Chocolate Master Sergio Shidomi.

Beer and Wine presentations and tastings will also be available featuring the award-winning products of the Niagara College Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

Culinary students at the secondary and college levels will also put their best dishes forward as part of two competitions. Local secondary students from Eastdale (Welland) and St. Catharines Collegiate secondary schools will participate in the Battle of Niagara Pastry Competition during the day. The Decadence Gala (tickets available at will feature the Battle of Ontario – with student teams from Canadore, Centennial, Humber, Fanshawe and Fleming vying for top honours. Junior Culinary Team Canada – a group of students and graduates of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute that recently won the right to represent Canada at the World Culinary Olympics – will host a reception prior to the Gala.

Decadence will wrap up with a Decadence Brunch on Sunday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30 per person.

Many of the activities – including exhibits, presentations and carriage rides, are free of charge. For more details, a full schedule of Decadence event listings and ticket info, visit

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