Winterfest on hold for 2013
blog by S.J. Velasquez • January 23, 2013 @ 10:13am
Buffalo’s Winterfest—also known as the Powder Keg Festival—won’t be happening this winter, but it will return in 2014, according to organizers.
“Wing King” Drew Cerza, who doubles as the winter festival’s director, sent a press release to news outlets yesterday explaining that Winterfest would take a break in 2013 and return next year when the event has a more permanent home.
“The committee truly feels that going forward the Buffalo waterfront provides a first class venue that can produce an event that our city can be proud of and deserves,” Cerza said.
Once construction is complete, the frozen canal would function as a natural skating rink, and First Niagara Center would operate as a warming center where event attendees could pop in for food and drinks.
Cerza said in the release that the plan was to hold this year’s Winterfest along the waterfront, but the status of the NHL season made organizing difficult since the availability of First Niagara Center was constantly in question.
For those looking forward to the fun winter festival, Cerza suggests Flurrious!, to be held in Delaware Park this weekend.
“We are excited that Buffalo will be celebrating winter at Flurrious! this year, providing wintry fun for the whole family. Winter and Buffalo, is such a classic combination and something everyone can enjoy at this year’s chilly Flurrious! an Olmsted winter festival at Delaware Park, January 26th,” said Thomas Herrera- Mishler, CEO and President of the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy.