Brocks 50th anniversary celebration continues at Niagara Wine Festival

Brock University will be front and centre at this weekend’s Niagara Wine Festival, with several events planned to celebrate its 50th anniversary.Brock red will flow through downtown St. Catharines Saturday, as more than 100 University faculty, staff and students march alongside an impressive float in the 63rd annual Grande Parade.Brock University will be front and centre at this weekend’s Niagara Wine Festival, with several events planned to celebrate its 50th anniversary.“Our students, faculty and staff – their diversity, energy, ingenuity and contributions to life in Niagara – is a remarkable thing to be a part of,” said Curtis Gadula, manager of off-campus living and neighbourhood relations. “The added bonus of celebrating 50 years as a landmark for the University just makes it that much more special for everyone who has helped the University grow into what it is today and where it is going tomorrow.”Brock will be set up at Montebello Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Campus Store will be selling 50th anniversary merchandise, and the alumni office will be giving away Brock swag.Brock President Jack Lightstone and Alumni Association president Darren Fox will cut a 50th anniversary birthday cake at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will hand out free cupcakes.Visitors to the festival Saturday will have the opportunity to educate their senses with wine and cheese seminars organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).Bestselling food and wine author Linda Bramble will host three Brock alumni winemakers who will tell the stories behind the wines being poured. Debra Levy from the Dairy Farmers of Canada will showcase the cheese selected to pair with each of the wines presented.The seminars will take place Saturday at 2, 3 and 4 p.m., rain or shine, in the culinary theatre in Montebello Park. Admission is two tokens or $6 plus HST online.As part of Brock’s 50th anniversary celebrations, alumni attending the seminars will receive a free wine glass and half off the seminar price. To register online, visit niagarawinefestival.comSaturday, Sept. 272 p.m. Rob Power, Creekside Estate Winery3 p.m. Tom Green, Diamond Estate Wines4 p.m. Richie Roberts, Fielding Estate Winery read more