"This Festival presents a unique opportunity to celebrate excellent wine and food in Niagara -- and bring along your best four-legged friend. On this weekend, Vineland Estates Winery and Featherstone Estate Winery will open their doors to well-behaved dogs on leash who wish to accompany their owners. New and favourite wines will be available by the glass and renowned chefs will be serving delicious fare all afternoon. There will be a canine theme to the weekend, with special events at each winery and a portion of wine sales will support National Service Dogs (www.nsd.on.ca). Bocci, resident grape houndAt Featherstone, wines will be available by the glass, Chef Patrick Engel will have delicious fare available and the Jazz Trio “MGM” will delight you all afternoon. For the four-legged visitors, fresh dog treats will be baked in our wood-fired pizza oven. National Service Dogs will be visiting with their puppies in training. They provide certified service dogs to children with autism and people with PTSD. At Vineland Estates Winery, there will be great wines for sale by the glass and superb food from their renowned kitchen. Jane Book, an award winning dog trainer, will give an agility demonstration. There will also be dog contests – Cutest Puppy, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Kisser- and a Marketplace of canine-themed vendors selling dog related accessories and services. The Bruce Trail connects Vineland Estates and Featherstone, and it's an easy 15-minute walk between wineries. Time: 12noon-5:00pm Saturday, 25 July, and Sunday, 26 July Price: Tickets are $20.00 + HST. Each ticket includes access to the Festival area at both wineries; one glass of wine and one commemorative glass Wine by the Glass: $8.00 each (incl. tax). This is a full 5 oz glass of wine; a Border Collie-sized portion, not a Chihuahua size. Food: $8.00 (incl. tax) We haven’t decided what we’ll serve yet but it will be tasty and filling, not ‘sample’ sized. Tickets can be ordered by calling either winery (Featherstone: 905-562-1949; Vineland Estates: 1-888-846-3526) or by dropping us an email. We hope that we haven’t jinxed ourselves by calling it the Muddy Paws Wine Festival and that the weather will be warm and dry. However, it is an outdoor event and we will go ahead ""rain-or-shine."""

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