BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival has come and gone, so how did festival-goers end up liking the new Outer Harbor location?
Many people voiced their concerns about the changes to the Italian Festival on social media. Some complained about parking issues and traffic, others weren't fans of the new $5 admission fee and the overall vibe.
Festival organizers say the event began to outgrow its old Hertel location, and something had to change.
Here's what some had to say about the new digs.
Italian festival was so horrible this year— Champagne Mami🖤 (@oheyyitsalicia) July 16, 2017
Worst idea to put the Italian festival at the outer harbor! Smh— Ry (@ItsRyanPuleo) July 16, 2017
I went and had a good time. Didn't mind paying the $5 per person. Everything was spaced out and you weren't walking all over one another.— Suritta O (@Sw33TeStPeAcH) July 17, 2017
This festival has been a flop since it moved from Connecticut St. yrs ago!— Rich (@rbenny43) July 17, 2017
Organizers say they're aware of the issues some people had with traffic, and will make some changes next year.
"There's only one way in and one way out, so we're working with our parking company, the festival and Buffalo (Police) to resolve the issues," said Beth Potozniak, general manager of the Outer Harbor Management Group. "It being the first year [here], there's always going to be little kinks. We had a great attendance crowd yesterday, and moving forward for future years, we know how to tweak some things to make it a little better than it was this year."
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