Aurora Welcomes Representatives from Niagara College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute to Town


College to be Featured Guest at Wednesday's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony    

Aurora, ON – The Town of Aurora is pleased to welcome representatives from Niagara College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) this week as plans for their future in Aurora continue to develop. On December 5, Craig Youdale, Dean of the CFWI, gave a presentation to Council, Town staff and members of the public at the General Committee meeting at Town Hall. His presentation addressed how the short-term and part-time training programs the institute will offer at the Armoury will contribute to the Town of Aurora.

Town staff and representatives from the CFWI also met with community partners on Tuesday afternoon, including representatives from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Historical Society, the Aurora Cultural Centre, the Aurora Public Library and the chairs of the ratepayer associations closest to where the facility will be operating.

CFWI will be the featured guest at the Town of Aurora Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday, December 6. The institute will take over an inflatable igloo within the mini-Christmas market at Town Hall and offer residents a taste of the holidays. Serving up "Christmas Dinner on a Bun" will be the Executive Chef from CFWI and staff and students from the CFWI's restaurant, Benchmark. Information on the institute and the training they offer will also be available at the event. The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 100 John West Way.

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the Town of Aurora announced an innovative partnership with the
award-winning Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) at Niagara College. The partnership will see the CFWI offer short-term and part-time training in the Town's newly-restored Armoury. The renovated Armoury, located in the historic Town Park, will become a vibrant community gathering space and home to a world-class training facility specializing in culinary skill building, commercial brewing and viticulture. Restoration is expected to begin shortly, with the facility scheduled for opening in late 2018.

Town staff and Niagara College will also be hosting an open house meeting with residents in the Town Park area and interested members of the public on Wednesday, December 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Armoury building in Town Park at 89 Mosley Street. All are welcome as we share the future vision of the Armoury and the role of Niagara College in our community.

For more information on the future of the Armoury and to view artistic renderings of the plans, visit

For more information on the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, visit


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