Celebrate the cultures of St. Catharines’ Facer District

The Facer European Festival, a celebration of culture takes over the Facer St. District Monday in St. Catharines.

Niagara’s largest multicultural festival of the summer is set to take over Facer Street in St. Catharines.

The Facer European Festival, which happens Monday, Aug. 7, promises an itinerary full of continental food, music and dance to celebrate the diversity and history of one the city’s most storied neighbourhoods. Visitors to the festival can experience the flavours and cultures of several European nations whose people immigrated to Canada in the middle of the last century and built the Facer District into a thriving community.

The festivities kick off at noon with an interfaith blessing followed up by hours of live performances by dozens of musicians. Polka King Walter Ostanek, Polanie Band, Buffalo Concertina All Stars, Tuscany and the Club Roma Folk Choir are just a few of the acts that will perform throughout the day. Visitors can also rock out to Dave Wanless, frontman of Canadian rock group Sven Gali, who performs on the Roberto’s Pizza Passion stage from 5 to 6 p.m. Pizza and Pierogi eating contests are on the bill, too.

Festival-goers will also be able to check out the fancy footwork of Ukrainian dance troupe Dunai Dancers, and local Polish dancers. They can enjoy their favourite foods made by Facer District merchants, including pizza from Roberto’s Pizza Passion, pierogis from St. Joseph Bakery, European donuts from Your Deli, and tamales from Tamales Mexico. Vegan and vegetarian fare will be available from Niagara’s own Blossom Bakery, and kids of all ages can keep cool with ice cream cones from Mr. Softy and Marble Slab Creamery.

“We’re thrilled to showcase the diversity of this neighbourhood,” said Henry Ostaszewicz, festival chair. “The festival gives visitors a chance to explore everything Facer District has to offer and realize what a cultural gem this is in Niagara Region.”

History buffs can fill up on Facer District lore during walking tours scheduled throughout the afternoon of the festival. Pre-registration is required and can be done at facereuropeanfestival.com.  Churches in the neighbourhood will also be open for festival-goers to explore.

Admission to the festival, which runs noon to 9 p.m. on the Civic Holiday, is free.

The Facer European Festival is a fundraising initiative of the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association to beautify Facer Street and make it a regional destination. The 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, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, Your Deli, and Zehrs Markets.

Visit facereuropeanfestival.com for more information.

Source – Facer European Festival press release



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