Here are some pictures from the gala event in Niagara Friday night; the kick off for the Niagara Ice Wine Festival. We had some good wine and fantastic food. We were greeted with an ice wine martini that packed a real punch. The Niagara wineries were out en masse with more than just ice wine selections. Highlights included Reif Estateâ€™s excellent 2004 Meritage, Flat Rockâ€™s delicious 2004 Pinot Noir and an interesting Shiraz ice wine by Konzelmann. Here are more yummy food shots from the event. The festival runs through to February 3rd , check it out if you are in the area, there are lots of events and great food and wine to sample like these ice wine macerated strawberries . > Click here to sign up for Christine's Food for Friends e-newsletter!