Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly known as the Amherst Museum, will kick off the summer festival season with two incredible events packed into one exciting weekend. Authentic German foods, beer and entertainment will be featured during the German Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, followed by the Buffalo Blues and Brews Festival from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
The German Festival will feature entertainment by the German American Musicians Association, The Frankfurters, Standchen Duo, Alphorn Society of Western New York and the Edelweiss Dancers. Other highlights include a VW Bug Fest Car Show, strongman competition, brewing demonstrations, beer sampling, a Cake Off with live judging, and German films and crafts. Authentic German food prepared by award-winning Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz is sure to please everyone.
Award-winning German beers to be served during the event include Flying Bison Buffalo Kolsch 716, Paulaner Hefe, Hoegaarden and Ayinger Bräu.
German Festival admission is just $6 for adults, $5 for BNHV members and $4 for children 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.bnhv.org/news-and-events/german-festival.
The first annual Buffalo Blues and Brews Festival will feature headlining performances by Walter Trout and the Monophonics. Guitarist Walter Trout has a resume that reads like a who’s who of rock and blues! As a former member of Canned Heat and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Trout has paid his dues but is currently at the top of his game. He won the iTunes Best Blues song of 2012 with “Blues for my Baby” and was also named one of the top 20 guitarists alongside Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughn by BBC Radio.
The best in regional acts — Critt's Juke Joint, Dive House Union, Lee Ron Zydeco, The Big Sauce Trio, Ray Barry and Friends, Jeff Miers Band and DJ Cutler — make for an entire day of great music. There will also be a wide variety of food and beverage vendors adding to the festivities.
Tickets for the Buffalo Blues and Brews Festival are just $10 for general admission, with children 13 and under admitted free. VIP ticket packages are also available for $25. For more information, please visit www.bnhv.org/news-and-events/buffalo-blues-and-brews-festival. There will be plenty of free on-site parking for both events.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, is an educational institution whose mission is to engage a diverse audience in the exploration of history and its influence on present-day life in the Niagara Frontier. For more information, please visit www.bnhv.org or call 689-1440.