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Fall flavors run rampant on menus for Local Restaurant Week, the biannual celebration of restaurants in Western New York. From butternut squash and apples to pumpkins and mushrooms, restaurants are eager to embrace the harvest and concoct belly-warming dishes to suit the season. Local Restaurant Week's premise is simple: Participating eateries offer meals – for lunch…

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Take advantage of Buffalo events that meld exploration, fun and philanthropy. Thursdays' Plate Expectations meets the criteria: attendees will roam the new Resurgence Brewing Co. in the Old First Ward, engage in games of chance such as a Wine Wall and balloon-popping and support FeedMore WNY – formerly the Food Bank – in the process. There's a solid mix of marquee co…

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We love our beer – illustrated by the fact we turned historic grain silos into a six-pack of Labatt looming over Buffalo RiverWorks. Our passion for beer and the talent and vision of local brewers and business owners have organically created a Buffalo brewery district. These 11 breweries – with a 12th soon to open – are within 1.8 miles of each other in three distinct c…

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You could write a book about the recent history of the Italian Heritage Festival, and it would be far from boring. There were brawls in 2016, the final year on Hertel Avenue, precipitating a major location change to the Outer Harbor and an admission charge for the first time. Attendance at the 2017 festival set a record for the Outer Harbor, but social media reaction wa…

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There are few things more gratifying than the combination of clear skies, hot sun and a fresh pint. As Buffalonians, I think you’ll agree that we don’t have enough great weather, so we have to make the most of it while we can. One way is to spend time on the many picturesque outdoor spaces attached to breweries. Now is the time to don your hottest sunglasses and fres…

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Why does Buffalo's summer stampede by so quickly? It's likely because there's so much more scheduled during the week, in addition to jam-packed weekends, that the whole concept of time becomes a blur. Though June, July and August can feel frenetic, Buffalonians understand how crucial it is to take advantage of warm temperatures. The Tall Ships and Fourth of July holi…

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Buffalo is blessed with a marvelous lineup of cheap, weekly events, usually centered around local musicians and/or food trucks. But scattered throughout the city's summer event calendar are worthy fundraisers, sometimes one-offs, that support landscape-changing projects. This week, for example, lends an opportunity to scope out the Massachusetts Avenue Project farmhouse…

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Farm to Pint Week shines the spotlight on the local producers most responsible for the beer in your glass. Not only brewers, but also farmers, malters and hopsters, will be celebrated during the weeklong festivities, which take place from May 11 to 18 at various venues. The week highlights the growing farm-to-table and farm-to-glass movement in food and drink with events o…

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For the third time in four years, three Buffalo breweries will produce a collaborative beer, as well as their own individual offerings, for the Ballpark Brewer Series with the Buffalo Bisons. Big Ditch Brewing, Community Beer Works and Resurgence Brewing Co. have joined together to brew Short Hop - a hoppy blonde ale - at CBW's 7th Street taproom, available in cans begi…

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Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebrations wouldn't be the same if the Valley Community Center chose not to host the Old Neighborhood Parade due to diminishing returns. While the Delaware Avenue parade on Sunday has garnered a reputation for shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and a bit more sloppiness, the Old First Ward parade, held the day prior, still harbors the clos…

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Craft beer enthusiasts curious about progress at the Resurgence brewery-in-the-making can get their first glimpse inside on March 16. It will be limited. Owners will throw open a garage door on the east wall of the cavernous structure at Ohio and Chicago streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Old First Ward St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Pints of four to six Resurgenc…

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It was only a matter of time before Buffalo's bastion of breweries broke its gold medal drought at the New York State Craft Beer Competition. Resurgence Brewing Co. and Big Ditch Brewing both seized gold medals at the competition, whose awards were announced at a ceremony Friday in Albany before Saturday's New York Craft Brewers Festival. In late February, 56 judges …

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Can this really be the last full weekend of July? (And can we get a refund on those rainy days?) Rule No. 58 of Western New York summer: That last home and garden project can wait. As a public service announcement, we urge you to visit as many patios as you can before Mother Earth tilts us back from the sun. [See a photo gallery of Buffalo.com's featured patios] Here a…

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With local breweries and craft beer booming, Buffalo Bisons food service operations manager Rob Free sought a way to highlight the industry's surge with a trendy product that prompted collaboration and created a buzz. Today, Consumers Beverages will start selling three-packs of canned local brews, pictured in the header, while Free's stadium concessions at Coca-Cola Field…

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The world’s most famous beer festival poured its first steins in Munich, Germany in 1810. Over two hundred years later, Oktoberfest celebrations take place in cities, towns, and villages around the world. The original German festival lasts 16 to 18 days, from the last two weeks of September into the first weekend of October. Local Oktoberfest festivals kick off this weeke…