St. Catharines, ON The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Steve Smith, aka ‘Red Green,’ will be the speaker at the 2012 Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 61st Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m.
“The Grape Growers of Ontario are thrilled to have a well‐known, local Canadian icon speaking at this year’s Celebrity Luncheon,” says Bill George, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario. “As we celebrate the Grape Growers of Ontario’s 65th Anniversary, Red Green will bring a truly Canadian view to this year’s luncheon,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
Steve Smith is the creator and lead actor of The Red Green Show, one of the longest running Canadian television comedy series of all time. The show has been nominated for an incredible 27 Gemini nominations. Steve has won three of them, including the Earle Grey Lifetime Achievement Award. Steve became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006.
Also an award‐winning author, Steve’s latest book, “How to Do Everything (From the Man Who Should Know),” has already sold over 100,000 copies.
Steve and his wife, Morag, live in Hamilton, Ontario, and are avid promoters of the area.
“Meridian is very proud to be associated with the Grape Growers of Ontario through our sponsorship of the Celebrity Luncheon,” said Ken Janzen, Senior Director and Regional Manager at Meridian Credit Union. “Meridian is a large supporter of agriculture and specifically the grape industry. The Celebrity Luncheon is an event to celebrate the contribution and success of the industry and we consider it a privilege to be involved.”
“The Greenbelt is fortunate to have a unique climate that provides farmers with the opportunity to grow grapes,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “We are pleased to support the Grape Growers of Ontario, one of the 2012 Friend of the Greenbelt Award recipients, who continue to foster the growth of Ontario’s flourishing wine industry."
“For 61 years the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival has honoured the excellence of Niagara Grape Growers in Ontario. Led by the Grape Growers of Ontario, a Festival Founding Member, we have recognized a Grape King in all of these 61 years. Our partnership is one that the Board of Directors of the Festival truly values and recognizes at each of our three annual Festivals. The Celebrity Luncheon marks the beginning of another annual harvest celebration, which we all look forward to with great anticipation. Steve Smith (Red Green) will provide a blend of comedy, wisdom and insight. We look forward to sharing Niagara with this great plaid clad comic from just down the road in Hamilton,” says John Potts, Co‐Chair of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
Online ticket purchases can be made at www.niagarawinefestival.com. Ticket order forms are available at www.grapegrowersofontario.com or by calling the office at (905) 688‐0990.
The Grape Growers of Ontario represents over 500 active growers on 15,000 acres in four viticulture areas (Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County). We are the advocate of all processing grape growers in the province working to ensure the market for Ontario grapes and wines expands domestically and internationally.
For more information contact: Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario at (905) 401‐2471