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Lewiston Smelt Festival is on Friday!

by jpauly
Tue, May 3rd 2016 12:00 pm



LEWISTON, NY - The phrase started over 10 years ago, and continues to ring true this time of the year.  "Lewiston never smelt so good" during the annual Lewiston Smelt Festival held on May 6, 2016. The popular festival is hosted by The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Village of Lewiston and in cooperation with the Niagara River Anglers. Sponsorship of the event is made possible by Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours and DiMino's Lewiston Tops. The evening is in celebration of the region's most famous natural resource - Smelt, which are netted in the Niagara River. The festival takes place on Friday, May 6th beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the foot of Center Street along the Lewiston Waterfront.  The popular local band 90 West will provide entertainment throughout the night. The Niagara River Anglers and Niagara River Region Chamber staff, board of directors and local dignitaries will serve free Smelt samples on Friday night.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation deemed Lewiston as one of the best places in the country for smelt dipping. Smelt are one of the few fish that sportsmen are allowed to net.


Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, the Niagara River Anglers will batter and fry 400 pounds of smelt, given out as free samples (donations are accepted and go towards Niagara River Angler's community programs) and sponsored by DiMino's Lewiston Tops and Waste Management, Inc.  DiMino's has been a major sponsor the past two years and also assists with ordering and storing the smelt for the Anglers.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the festival as well as at the Lewiston Moose Lodge, which will donate proceeds of all sales to the Niagara River Anglers.  Water Street Landing, Barton Hill Hotel and The Silo will also be open for dining.


Smelt-tasters can enjoy entertainment from 90 West on Friday night. This event is geared toward an adult audience. The Tent, stage, and tables are supplied by Falls Tent and Awning.

Lewiston restaurants will also be busy preparing their own culinary variation of smelt over the weekend. Participating restaurants can be identified by a decorative fish flag outside their door.  For additional information, contact the Chamber office at 754-9500 or online at www.NiagaraRiverRegion.com

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