BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) — The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is heading back to north Buffalo this summer. After sources confirmed to News 4 that the festival is likely to return in some capacity to Hertel Avenue, the official announcement was made on Thursday morning.
The three-day event will begin on July 15.
“I think it was missed. I think a lot of people wanted it on Hertel Avenue because it was there for so many years so I think it would be welcomed to come back,” said Elizabeth Giovino, who owns Gramma Mora’s.
She said bringing the Italian Heritage Festival back to the neighborhood is great for her restaurant.
“We’re down the street from it. If they do it down there again. So we usually get busier at night time. After it closes down,” she said.
The festival left the Little Italy neighborhood along Hertel Avenue in recent years and was held at the Outer Harbor and Niagara Square. Then during the pandemic, it was canceled.
Business owners say a lot has changed in the years the festival wasn’t here.
“There’s been a lot of people moving into the area. So I think it’ll be a good opportunity for new and younger people to come by and see what the Italian Festival is all about,” Giovino said.
“There’s been a lot of change in this area, a lot of businesses have come and gone and why not showcase it again? I think it’s a great idea,” said Phil Machemer, who owns Revolver Records.
Machemer says when the festival was along Hertel, it helped bring new customers to his shop.
“In the past, we had kind of like a sidewalk sale, and it was great,” he said. “We sold some records outside and some other items, and it was just cool having people walk around looking at stuff. A lot of other shops did the same kind of thing but yeah, I just think it’s great.”
Watch the official announcement in the video below:
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