Start Date: May 1, 2009 - End Date: May 2, 2009
Time: May 1 at 6pm, May 2 at 5pm
Location: Lewiston Waterfront, end of Center Street
Organization: Lower Niagara River Region
The Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Village of Lewiston and Silo Restaurant, in cooperation with the Niagara River Anglers will celebrate one of the region’s most famous natural resources when they host the Smelt Festival on Friday, May 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the foot of Center Street along the Lewiston Waterfront. On Saturday, May 2 beginning at 5:00 p.m. the Silo Restaurant and Water Street Landing will continue the celebration. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation deemed Lewiston as one of the best places in the country for smelt dipping.
Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, the Niagara River Anglers will batter and fry up a 300 hundred pounds of free smelt. On Saturday night, the Silo Restaurant
will cook up an additional 200 pounds of free smelt. Both evenings there will be chowder, beer and a variety of picnic foods for sale. Smelt-tasters can enjoy entertainment from Carl Filbert on Friday and Bar Zero Nerve Response on Saturday night. All festivities at Waterfront Park at Lewiston Landing, located at the foot of Center Street will be geared toward an adult audience. Other Smelt Festival sponsors include Falls Tent and Awning and Whirlpool Jet Boats. Lewiston restaurants will also be busy preparing their own culinary variation of smelt over the weekend.