Thursday, September 9, 2010

Eating, Drinking and All that Jazz.....

I love going to Jazz festivals at home and away.....

I'm down in Lewiston N.Y., a favourite haunt of mine, enjoying the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival.  There is so much going on.  The entertainment is absolutely fabulous.  The main street has been closed off for this event and all of the restaurants, wineries, breweries, etc have set up tables with wonderful fare.  One can dine on the street listening to great music at the various stages along the way or enjoy one of the great restaurants.  We selected Carmello's,   one of our favourites for fine authentic Italian cuisine.  The ambience is what pulls you in - owned by mom Phyllis and son Carmello, head chef, this is definitely a place to go. 

The welcoming and cozy interior of Carmelos

Outside of Carmelos where people were dining and enjoying the music by the Tune Babes

Two of my favourite ladies - The Tune Babes  - April Mazzone & Lynne Fredericks,  were sponsored by Carmelos Restaurant and can really give a great performance.  Loved it!!  Check out their activities at

This Jazz Festival carries on from the Friday through to the Sunday and has over 40 offerings throughout the the main street.   It is in thanks to the many sponsors for their contributions that this wonderful event continues each year at end of August.  

We sampled fine food, and some great wines (which unfortunately we cannot purchase here).  I think I have been through every winery in Niagara on the Lake so thought it was time to start south of the border......

 We sampled a wine we had not tried before from Spring Lake Winery in Lockport and fell in love with their offerings.  I especially enjoyed the Riesling.  We were told that their grapes are grown and harvested in Lockport.

The Spring Lake Winery Booth

Freedom Run Winery - tasty wine too!


Enjoying Evening Music at the Main Stage - Looks like we were having a really good time!

One of the things that interests me in Lewiston, besides eating, drinking and shopping,  is the Architecture - very much like what we have in Niagara on the Lake, many different styles.

 Waterstreet Landing  - another place I like to eat at!  You can sit and enjoy a lovely meal and watch the sunset over the Niagara River.  It has had mixed reviews, but I have been there many times and always enjoyed excellent food!

Barton Hill Hotel and Spa an incredible place to stay, eat and enjoy the spa,  again overlooking the Niagara River
Local Architecture all with significant history - check out the officeal Lewiston, NY website for details

It's worth a visit to Lewiston N.Y. - they have events going on all year round.  Last year I was at the Christmas House Tour and all of the other festivities in the town and had a great time.  I believe I will go again.  I may even go to the one in Niagara on the Lake, ON as well.

Keep checking..... I am off to Niagara on the Lake  for the September 18th Historic House Tour, visit some wineries and to see a play at Shaw...What a great way to spend a fall weekend!!

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