This coming Monday, August 7th, Facer Street in St. Catharines/Niagara is getting ready to host one of the biggest parties of the summer.
An Invite to All from Organizers of St. Catharines Facer European Festival
Posted August 2nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
The Facer European Festival returns to St. Catharines on the Civic Holiday, Monday, Aug. 7. The second annual street party will celebrate one of Niagara’s most storied neighbourhoods with classic continental cuisine, live entertainment, including music and cultural demonstrations, neighbourhood walking tours, and free activities for all ages.
The event is a nod to the history of a neighbourhood, known to locals as ‘Little Europe,’ and the diversity of the people who built it.
The Facer European Festival is also a fundraiser of The Facer District Merchants and Residents Association to beautify Facer Street and make it a regional destination for enjoying a taste of la dolce vita.
This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Joe Kedzierski, a longtime business owner and Facer District booster, who planted the seeds for such a celebration and cause.
“The Facer European Festival is a grassroots initiative started by residents and business owners in the Facer District to make their neighbourhood, St. Catharines, and Niagara Region an even better place to live, work, and play,” said Henry Ostaszewicz, festival chair. “Last year, thousands of people came to help us celebrate the neighbourhood and support our vision to build a more vibrant community, and we look forward to welcoming even more this year.”
New to the 2017 edition of the festival is a pizza and pierogi eating contest. Entrants can see whether they have the chops to be champ by eating the most pizza or pierogis in a set time. Visitors to the festival can also dance the day away to live music performed on four stages.
Polka King Walter Ostanek; Dave Wanless of rock group Sven Gali; Ed Guca and the Polish Canadians; and Buffalo Concertina All Stars are just some of acts set to perform. Local favourites, Roberto’s Pizza Passion, St. Joseph Bakery, Blossom Bakery, Tamales Mexico, and others will serve up iconic and crowd-pleasing foods.
Admission to the festival, which runs from noon to 9 p.m., is free. Space is still available for vendors interested in participating. Volunteers are also needed. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.
The Facer European Festival is sponsored by Advantage Waste Systems, Atlantis Inflatables, Avondale Food Stores, Canadian Polish Society, CIBC Wood Gundy, City of St. Catharines, FirstOntario Credit Union, Ferrante Picture Framing, 50 & Piu Enasco, Food Supplies, Fornoteca, Grey Borders, Roberto’s Pizza Passion, St. Joseph Bakery, Saputo, Sobeys, Tim Hortons, Ukranian Canadian Congress, Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, Your Deli, and Zehrs Markets.
For more information, visit facereuropeanfestival.com.
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