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Niagara Falls, New York. Old Falls Street ~ What’s the Buzz about?

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T.G.I.F.’s outdoor patio, and a view down Old Falls Street.

Niagara Falls, New York has been experiencing a tremendous upswing in the amount of tourists coming around, this 2015 season. As a matter of fact, tourism is up somewhere near 200% since 2014! That’s quite the statistic.

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2015/09/1/record-tourism-numbers-for-summers-end-in-niagara.html

There are varied reasons for this, and if you’re curious, feel free to click the above link. (Let’s just say the park has had a face lift, and some new money has come into the city).

One of the places that is showing off a bit, is Old Falls Street, adjacent to the Reservation State Park (where the actual Falls are).

So what’s been going on there, exactly?

May we show you in some pictures?

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Starting with this uber-excited chess-playing young man! Hint: more games to follow…

 

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The newly added Rainforest Cafe

 

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The Rainforest Cafe patio.

 

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How many monkeys DOES it take to help Atlas shoulder the world?

 

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A common sound on Old Falls Street ~ Live Music! (The Sheraton’s At The Falls Arcade).

And might we add, for more information on this Live Music on Old Falls Street, see their Face Book Page! https://www.facebook.com/events/1005160562848902/
This includes info on the Eighth Annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival: http://8th Annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival and The Sixth Annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest! https://www.facebook.com/events/894374640582768/

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We came for a visit to Old Falls Street, on the Taste of Niagara Falls weekend. May we say it was very ‘tastefully’ done?

*Below are photos of several of the vendors who displayed/served their wares/food at the Taste of Niagara Falls. Following these…GAMES! Old Falls Street is full of FREE GAMES available for the public to participate in.

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The food was enough to have you make a pig of yourself!

http://www.scipionecatering.com/

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We would like to welcome a fairly recent addition to the restaurants in Niagara Falls: The 755 Restaurant: located at City Market, a family owned enterprise, serving Mediterranean/Lebanese food. This falafel pita sample was delicious.
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…as was the chicken souvlaki pita.

http://www.755westmarket.com/

                          

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The food festival had ample customers. This is a candid shot of Tony Roma’s stall. The Rainforest Cafe, and TGIF’s chain restaurants were all represented.

 

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The Meeting Place has an interesting mix of American fast food and Greek foods and is located in Bergholtz. http://www.meetingplaceniagarafalls.com/

 

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Cupcakes. Did you say Cupcakes??!

 

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A brand new shop! Looking forward to checking it out…

http://www.babycakescupcakediner.com/

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The Como Restaurant is a goodie. This NF fixture needs to be visited by anyone who is an Italian food lover.

 

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Pizza bread? Como-style? What’s not to like?

 

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Bar food. Mmmm. Solidays, in the city.

 

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Did you say ‘tots’? With dipping sauce? Yes please.

https://www.facebook.com/solidaysbarandgrille?fref=ts

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Nope. Not a restaurant. A promotional for no-kill shelters. But these festivals attract varied groups and vendors. We thought this seemed like a good one!

http://www.THESOHOPROJECT.org

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And DANG! They had good quinoa bowls. Yum!

 

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Who doesn’t like chocolate? Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets ought to do the trick!

http://www.NiagarasHoneymoonSweets.com

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Always classy. LOVED the Angel. ❤

 

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Dragonfly Jams and Jellies, Youngstown New York. Both delicious and economical.

https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyJamsandJellies

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We loved the atmosphere! A positive ambiance. It was family friendly, had a beer tent, games were being played by young and old, alike. Plenty of seats were available, even some in the shade, during the September heat wave…

*Drumroll…The promised GAMES:

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We especially enjoyed the ping pong. I won. 😉

 

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Jenga anyone?

 

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What would you write?

 

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A big ole’ sidewalk chessboard, or two or so…

 

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Somebody was having a good time!

 

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Rainforest Cafe shuttle. http://www.niagara-usa.com/listings/Rainforest-Cafe/1032/#.Ve-QoBFViko

The Rainforest Cafe has a shuttle available to the public. They would love to have you come on over and hop on for a ride! You must admit this looks like a lot of fun…

So thanks again, for hopping along on OUR tour. This time it was a tour of our town, good ole’ Niagara Falls. And the best IS yet to come!

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More to come on 2chicks: Farmers Markets and part III Niagara Parks!

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Oktoberfest at the Falls

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So, it’s “Oktober” and you know what that means…yes…Oktoberfest!

There are many Oktoberfest celebrations world wide this time of year, but none other have the roar of the mighty Niagara as a back drop.

This autumn has been an unusually warm one, with temperatures regularly above average. The leaves have begun their subtle turn from green to gold and auburn and orange, and this past weekend was spectacular. The sky was bright blue, with barely a cloud to be found.

And down by the Falls, on Old Falls Street, there was a lot going on. Our version of Oktoberfest included the quintessential lederhosen and dirndl ensembles, biergartens, and “Oom-Pah-Pah” bands.

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There were were several types of German themed foods, including bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels, and a variety of beer available in the large tent. Long tables filled to capacity with families and friends ate, drank, and listened the alphorns, while watching colorful dancers.

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The Great Foodini food truck http://www.greatfoodinifoodtruck.com/ offered a variation on the standard German food with their German style pizza. Sehr gut! If you had an inclination to browse a clothing shop, you could stop by the mobile Ooo-La-La Boutique. https://www.facebook.com/ooolalafashiontruck. 

We also noticed a sweet red Gelato truck called the Gelateria Luca. Nice for a warm day! https://www.facebook.com/GelateriaLucaBuffalo

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There were activities for children in the Kidtoberfest Zone which included a petting zoo, bounce house, art tables, and a balloon twister.  And for the grownup “kids”,  it was the perfect day to toss around the Frisbee in the Kan Jam tournament.

Because we know they have great food and a shady place to sit, we decided to eat at Legends Bar & Grill on First Street. Their menu includes wood fired pizzas, hamburgers, salads and wings, to name a few. http://legendsbarnf.com/ We’ve always found the food to be good here.

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Mayor Paul Dyster and his friends were there to enjoy the fun.

The summer schedule of Old Falls Street is jam packed with activities, with a smattering of seasonal festivities as well. The calendar of activities is available on their website, http://fallsstreet.com/.

There’s always something new in Niagara…