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Lewiston Smelt Festival

by jpauly
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 04:00 pm


Live Music by 90 WEST

Lewiston, NY - Festival season in the Village of Lewiston kicks off with the annual Smelt Festival held on May 4, 2018 on the Lewiston Waterfront.  The river region has a robust schedule of events from May through December.  The annual festival is hosted by the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Village of Lewiston and Niagara River Anglers.   Sponsorship of the event is made possible by DiMino's Lewiston Tops, who assists the anglers in purchasing approximately 400lbs of Smelt, having them shipped to the Lewiston store in preparation for the festival.  "With the growing popularity of the festival, Anthony DiMino stepped in a few years ago as a sponsor to help with the volume of Smelt needed to accommodate the crowd.  The Anglers and Chamber are grateful for the sponsorship, as the festival is a major fundraiser for the Niagara River Anglers to continue to offer important educational programs to the youth, and stocking our local ponds, lakes and rivers", said Jennifer Pauly, President of the Chamber of Commerce. "Last year the event landed on Cinco de Mayo, and this year on the popular Star Wars date May 4th."

The Smelt Festival is centered on one of the region's most natural resource - Smelt, which are netted in the Niagara River.  The Festival will take place on Friday, May 4th beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the foot of Center Street along the Lewiston Waterfront.   Niagara River Anglers and Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce staff, board of directors and local dignitaries will serve free Smelt samples on Friday night along with the Smelt King, Ken Scibetta, co-owner of the Griffon House. The Anglers will batter and fry approximately 400 pounds of Smelt, given out as free samples (donations are encouraged and go towards the Niagara River Angler's community programs).   Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the event.  The Silo and Spicey Pickle will have food available for sale.  Smelt samples are served until they run out.  The local country band 90 WEST will perform throughout the event.  The Smelt Festival is sponsored by DiMino's Lewiston Tops, Modern Corporation and Waste Management, Inc.  

Many Lewiston restaurants will also offer Smelt on their menu's over the weekend.  Participating restaurants serving Smelt, and businesses offering special promotions, will 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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