NIAGARA FALLS – Old Falls Street will be abuzz with the tastes and smells of Niagara Falls cuisine on Labor Day weekend.

The “Taste of Niagara Falls” food festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.

Around 25 restaurants will be on hand, including well known establishments like the Como, Fortuna’s, Viola’s and Buzzy’s, as well as those relatively new to the Falls scene, like La Galera, Carmine’s and the Rainforest Café.

The event is being put on by Corey McGowan Productions, the company that is bringing the Gus Macker tournament to Grand Island this weekend and has put on the Taste of Grand Island, an event coming up on its fifth year.

McGowan, a Grand Island native, said he wants to feature culinary delights, including from some highly regarded restaurants, for both locals and tourists.

“Niagara Falls gets a bad rep a lot of times,” McGowan said. “This is a way to showcase a lot of the great things Niagara Falls does have.”

McGowan said he was attracted by Old Falls Street and how the area’s been built up and has regular weekly events, along with special events.

To purchase dishes from the vendors, festival attendees will be able to buy tickets that will be sold in dollar increments.

In addition to the restaurants, there will be a beer tent and live music, as well as about 50 other vendors, including crafters and other area businesses.

The event will give Western New Yorkers who haven’t been to the city lately a chance check out Old Falls Street before the end of summer, McGowan said.

Planning for the event has been ongoing since the spring.

“We are looking forward to presenting this first-time event on Old Falls Street during Labor Day weekend, when residents and visitors alike will be able to sample the best cuisine Niagara Falls, N.Y., has to offer,” said Jason Murgia, general manager for Old Falls Street and the Conference Center Niagara Falls, publicly owned facilities that are managed by Global Spectrum.

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