Seasonal food and spirits

This weekend, the Niagara Holiday Market hosts Taste of the Season, an event-packed slate of cooking demonstrations and tasting tips from national stars.

Sponsored by Wegmans, the free event includes cooking demonstrations by Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga (1 p.m. Saturday, roast goose with cranberries, chestnuts and oranges) and Food Network host Roger Mooking (2 p.m. Sunday, jerk shrimp with avocado puree).

Wegmans chefs will demonstrate turkey brining (4 p.m. Saturday) and holiday braciola, or Italian roulades (4:30 p.m. Sunday).

Besides the ongoing European-style holiday market outside, there's wine tastings inside from local wineries, plus nibbles of Yancy's Fancy cheeses, Niagara Popcorn chocolate-covered popcorn, Rosina's meatballs and more from food companies.

Events are in the Conference Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls). Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday. Visit

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau (email: