A Niagara favourite family tradition is back for its 44th year!
More than 170 unique artisans, crafters, local farmers, and talented musicians from across the country will once again descend upon Ball’s Falls Conservation Area this long weekend, for the 44th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival.
In addition to the arts, crafts, and wares, visitors will enjoy the incredible beauty and spectacular scenery nestled on the majestic Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley eco-system.
“We’re thrilled to offer this wonderful experience for 44 years in a row, where guests can experience culture, history, and fall harvest fun all in one location,” says Adam Christie, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. “Our Festival has something for everyone, from live entertainment, brews, and wines, to family-friendly activities, a farmer’s market, and unique vendors to get visitors started on their holiday shopping.”
Guests will travel back in time to the 1800s at the Ball’s Falls Historical Village, with blacksmithing and handweavers & spinners demonstrations, and tours of the original Ball Family home, historical church, and fully operational 19th century grist mill. Fresh ground flour will be available for purchase at $7 per bag, or $10 for two.
The Festival will feature fantastic Niagara local wine and craft beers from Niagara’s own Silversmith Brewing Company, Bench Brewing, Tawse Winery, and Flat Rock Cellars. Additional wines from King’s Court Estate, Vieni Estates, and Wescott wineries will be available for purchase at the Farmer’s Market. A special feature for 2018 is Calamus Estate Winery’s new Ball’s Falls Red and White, with 10 per cent of proceeds donated to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation.
Food trucks such as 50 Pesos, The Poutine Supreme, and Avella’s Wood Fired Oven will be on-site offering the perfect pairings to your beverage. Satisfy your hunger with other delectable options including but not limited to, Art Dean Apples, King Kone Inc, and Ontario Corn Roasters.
This year’s entertainment lineup, presented by Giant FM and Country 89 includes fan favourites like Cabaret Quicksand, Brad Battle Band, Dan Badger, Barbara Lynn Doran, and Katey Gatta. The Festival features a lineup that will appeal to audiences of all ages and everyone’s unique musical palate, from Country and Rock, to Celtic, Blues, and Folk music. Keep the kiddies entertained with Kids Magician, Scoop McCoy, on Friday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and pony rides, birds of prey demonstrations, face painting, and inflatables all weekend long.
The Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival is a major fundraiser for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), with revenues directed to Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, and the NPCA’s various conservation, recreation, and education programs and projects.
The festival begins Friday, Oct. 5 through to Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Admission is $6 per adult and children 13 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. A special rate of $4 will be offered to seniors on Friday, Oct. 5. Service Dogs Only.
Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is located in Lincoln, Ontario – South of Vineland. Visitors are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. For Festival details, including the 2018 event details, entertainment line-up, vendor list, and more, visit www.thanksgivingfestival.ca.
The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while helping to retain the safety of our drinking water.
NPCA manages 41 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.
Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist
Mobile (during Festival only): 905-650-4027