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The Canadian film festival you wish you knew about

A celebration of food, wine and film, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is perfect for food lovers, wine aficionados and movie buffs.


With its sprawling vineyards and roadside fruit stands, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for Niagara’s wine region. But if you’ve never made the trip to this scenic destination, there’s no better time than the present, while the hottest film festival is in town.

For film junkies, wine drinkers and food lovers alike, this one of a kind festival offers it all. In their second year of pairing trendy films from around the globe with the best chefs and wineries in this award-winning region, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peek at our homegrown talent, while supporting local food-makers. Catch the premiere of 1 of 20 Canadian films or head to the unique Filmalicous program which gives festival-goers the opportunity to dine in one of Niagara’s vineyards before heading outside for a screening under the stars. If you prefer to skip dinner and get right to the movie, you can pop by to watch a quick flick, sip on local vintages and snack on hand-crafted treats during the show.

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival runs from June 18th to 21st.

Can’t make it to Niagara? Don’t worry! Here are a few other other exciting festivals coming up across Canada this summer:

Dawson City Music Festival: July 24 – 26
One of the most talked about music festivals in the country, Canada’s far north is the perfect venue for an unparalleled summer experience.

Taste, Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine: July 16 – 19
This three-day festival pairs local, sustainable and seasonal cuisine from Victoria Island with over 100 British Columbia wines.

Okanagan Mile High Wine and Music Festival: August 8
Regional wines, delicious cheese and live music are the star of this festival, located in beautiful British Columbia.

Calgary Stampede: July 3 -12
This iconic exhibition known to most Canadians as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” includes a huge market, midway and derby. While there, you can expect to find adventurous food combinations like donut popsicles, red curry poutine and cactus burgers.

Fantasia International Film Fest: July 14 – August 4
In it’s 18th year, the largest genre film festival in the world lives in the heart of Montreal.

Shediac Lobster Festival: July 8 -12
Want to be a part of the worlds longest lobster dinner or longest lobster roll? Then this is the festival is for you.

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