Explore newly renovated Aurora Armoury at Community Open House, November 9-10


​Culinary and wine workshops, event space, catering, and more now in the heart of downtown Aurora.

Residents of Aurora and the GTA can get a sneak peek of the newly restored Aurora Armoury at an upcoming community open house.

Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute will roll out the welcome mat and swing open the doors of the Armoury on the weekend of November 9-10, for the community to experience what the Armoury now has to offer. Thanks to an innovative partnership between the Town of Aurora and the award-winning NC Canadian Food and Wine Institute, the CFWI Armoury location will offer short-term and part-time culinary, wine and beer classes, as well as catering and a community event space, in the heart of downtown Aurora.

Open House visitors will be welcome to tour the new state-of-the-art facility, which features a culinary theatre, classroom and community event space; experience live demonstrations; sample the CFWI’s culinary creations; and meet the CFWI – Aurora Armoury team and resident chef. Giveaways and complimentary coffee and tea will be available on site.

Dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale is looking forward to welcoming local residents to the Armoury.

“The Armoury facility will provide many aspects of food and beverage education in the form of professional development opportunities, corporate training, team building, and a variety of classes for the general public,” said Youdale. “This will give the town of Aurora, and surrounding region, a chance to gain a depth of knowledge in everything from winetasting to hands-on cooking classes with our professional staff. We also look forward to providing our top-notch level of food service right in the facility itself that could be a small luncheon or gathering, to a full-fledged event or wedding that can be designed and delivered by our in-house team.”

The CFWI Aurora Armoury location offers a community-based space, which can be booked for corporate and social events, weddings, part-time classes and more. CFWI chefs offer catering services, as well as pop-up events for the public to enjoy. In addition, it offers corporate team building sessions and tailored industry training programming to support the GTA and beyond, making Aurora a new hub for CFWI.

“The Canadian Food and Wine Institute is excited to welcome the community to the newly renovated Aurora Armoury,” said Jeffrey Steen, manager of Part time Studies and Corporate training at the CFWI. “The facility is truly an incredible space, and will provide a unique space for the entire community to enjoy.”

The Aurora Armoury is a municipally owned historic site, built in 1874 as a drill shed for the 12th Battalion of Infantry or York Rangers. The building is a recognized Federal Heritage Building and was the long-time home of the Queen’s York Rangers. The Town purchased the Armoury from the federal government in 2014 with the intention of restoring the historic building and returning it to its rightful place as a community gathering space.

“The Town of Aurora is thrilled to officially welcome the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College to our community. We are excited for what this means for our Town,” said Mayor Tom Mrakas. “We have taken one of our oldest and most historic buildings and restored it into a facility that is truly incredible. The Armoury is the cornerstone of our downtown revitalization efforts and I am proud to have partnered with the CFWI to make our dream of creating a vibrant community hub a reality.”

The CFWI Aurora Armoury Open House is a drop-in grand opening event for the community. It will take place on Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, November 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 89 Mosley St., Aurora.

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

Open House: CFWI-Aurora Armoury drop in grand opening event for the community

WHEN:  Saturday November 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 

               Sunday November 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Armoury

               89 Mosley Street, Aurora (in Town Park)


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