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Lewiston Smelt Festival!

by jpauly
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 01:00 pm
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LEWISTON, NY - "Lewiston Never Smelt So Good" will ring true again as the Village of Lewiston kicks off the first festival of the season on Cinco de Mayo, Friday, May 5th.  The popular festival is hosted by The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Village of Lewiston and in cooperation with the Niagara River Anglers and The Silo. Sponsorship of the event is made possible by 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 5th beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the foot of Center Street along the Lewiston Waterfront.   The Niagara River Anglers and Niagara River Region Chamber staff, board of directors and local dignitaries will serve free Smelt samples on Friday night.


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, Niagara River Greenway Commission, Modern Corporation and Waste Management, Inc.  Anthony DiMino has been a major sponsor the past three years and also assists with ordering and storing the smelt for the Anglers.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the event.  The free smelt is given out until it runs out.


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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