Hotel rooms in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be in short supply this weekend, and not just because of the Shaw Festival.
Queen Street, the town's main thoroughfare, will be closed to vehicular traffic as the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce presents a two-day peach festival on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11. The festival is creating a huge buzz, with many coming from Toronto and other major Ontario and Canadian regions.
"The response has been better than we expected," said Janice Thomson, Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber executive director. "It is going to be a very busy weekend, in a good way."
The festival features locally grown peaches in various food and wine offerings as well as vendors selling items along Queen Street. The event begins at 11 a.m. on Aug. 10 and in a unique twist, it will run until 10 p.m. Live music and special food and wine specials will be available during the evening hours.
An equally busy Aug. 11 is planned, highlighted by a white linen dinner along Queen Street, beginning at 7 p.m. The dinner will include special menu items for Niagara-on-the-Lake restaurants and wineries and live music.
"We view this as showcase," Thomson said.