Downtown festival organizer Drew Cerza’s Buffalo Winterfest and Powderkeg Festival will take a year’s hiatus in 2013 in preparation for a move to the inner harbor waterfront in 2014.
Cerza, who launched the downtown event three years ago after also sponsoring the annual Chicken Wing Festival at Coca-Cola Field over Labor Day Weekend, said Tuesday that his committee will now concentrate on planning for a permanent home for the winter festival.
“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,” he said.
Cerza said a combination of unstable venues and uncooperative weather has created “great challenges” for the festival over the past few years.
As a result, Cerza said organizers, including the Buffalo Sabres, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and the City of Buffalo, will now wait for completion of new skating facilities in the inner harbor and to ensure availability of the First Niagara Center for indoor activities. Planners also expect to use the greenspace next to the arena for outdoor events.
Cerza noted the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will still hold its “Flurrious!” festival in Delaware Park on Saturday with many of the same Winterfest activities, centered in the Parkside Lodge.