About the Series
Back by popular demand, this year’s Niagara Parks Pop-up Dinner Series dishes up three new outdoor venues that celebrate the richness of Niagara’s cultural heritage.
This exclusive series of culinary events features flavours of the Niagara River corridor, as prepared by our talented Niagara Parks Culinary team. Hear from experts about cultural and heritage stewardship at Niagara Parks, and learn about our commitment to local food and Ontario’s hard-working growers, producers and artisans.
Each event is set in a unique location up and down our extraordinary Niagara Parkway, highlighting places of significant importance to Niagara Parks’ commitment to protecting and preserving this 56-kilometre stretch of land.
Niagara Parks Pop-up Dinners are licensed, all-inclusive events.
Old Fort Erie Pop-up Dinner
May 31, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $85 /person
Learn about this fascinating National Historic Site of Canada at this installment of the Niagara Parks Pop-up Dinner Series.
Built in 1764, it’s the oldest British fort in Ontario, a major crossing point of the Underground Railroad and the site of the largest Fenian Raid in 1866.
Once the fort was established in 1764, Major Robert Rogers entertained a number of famous guests, including his long-time enemy, the great Odawa Chief Pontiac. Visitors like Lady Simcoe appreciated the entertainment and food amidst the bustling activity of the Fort.
As wild game depleted as a result of the Europeans hunting for sport, farms were added to the river in the 1790’s, and food was still plentiful during peacetime. Trout, salmon, perch and sturgeon were abundant in Lake Erie, and hunters would find deer, rabbit, pigeon or even bear. The farms along the river provided cattle, and the garrison itself had a garden that was five times the size of the fort, complete with pens for chickens and sheep. Finally, alcohol was made locally in the form of spruce beer and rye whisky, and gallons of port, Madeira and even stout would be available to the officers in the garrison.
Learn more about the fascinating history of Old Fort Erie, its connection to culture and culinary, and end the evening with a toast with Port in the Fort.
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