Niagara Gazette

March 6, 2014

Cocktail Festival returns with two-day run in Lewiston

Special to Night and Day
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — It has been said that in the early 1800s, one of the favorite places in the Village of Lewiston was Hustler’s Tavern. It was so popular that in 1813, when Lewiston was burned by British forces in retaliation for the U.S. attack on Niagara-On-The-Lake, Hustler’s Tavern was the only building that was spared.

Legend has it that when Catherine served the soldiers, she used a cock’s tail feather to stir a special drink that she had created, and the name was born.

In celebration of Catherine’s creation, the Lewiston Cocktail Festival was created. The sold-out event attracted hundreds of patrons to come together and “Toast the Town!” This year, the event has grown to two cover days and will take place on Friday and Saturday starting at 5 p.m. in the Village of Lewiston.

More than 10 restaurants, bars and retailers will join together to encourage patrons to “Quench their thirst for History” at the second annual “Lewiston Cocktail Festival.”

The event will give participants an opportunity to venture from business to business, sampling signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails and small bites while learning about the history of how the famous concoction was invented in Lewiston. One of the Lewiston Council on the Arts Marble Orchard players will portray Catherine Hustler, the inventor of the infamous drink. She, along with her brood of friends, will be amongst those patrons stopping by various locations and telling their stories.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $25 at the following locations: the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Angel to Apple Clothing Boutique, & The Village Bake Shoppe or online at

During the festival, the tickets will be redeemable for a “Passport” which allows for samplings at the following locations: Water Street Landing, Brickyard Pub & BBQ, The Village Bake Shoppe, Town Hall Restaurant, Casa Antica, Hops & Vines, The Stone House, Lewiston Events Center, Angel to Apple Clothing Boutique, Tin Pan Alley, and de la Casa Restaurant.

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