BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A line weaving throughout the convention center lobby and out the doors hold thousands of excited beer lovers. They’re there for the third annual Buffalo on Tap Beer Festival. It’s one of the largest events the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center holds throughout the year.
This year, they hosted three sessions with 4,000 tickets available to each; one sold out and the others were nearly sold out with just a few hundred tickets available.
“Business is as good as it has ever been,” said Paul Murphy, the facility director for the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
You can see that it is doing well by looking at the crowds at the biggest events like the world’s largest disco, home show and Buffalo on tap.
“At this time of the year people are looking for something to on the weekends,” said Murphy. “It’s widely promoted and it’s a way to get in see your friends and taste all the beers.”
That’s whats drawing many people we spoke with to come to different events at the convention center.
“It’s good to get out and see people in the community get together and try different beers from around the nation,” said Michael Walter from Buffalo.
“We’ve been here once or twice before so when it comes up,” said Rick Kadukil from Clarence who is at the event with his son-in-law. “We usually hit it up and it’s been great.”
Recently the visit Buffalo Niagara tourism center was looking for feedback from people about what sort of events they’d like to see. So we asked as well…
“More music,” said Jeff Obermeier, Kdaukil’s son-in-law. “And maybe a different beer festival. It’s got the size for more events. More volume, bigger events.”
“The worlds largest disco is here and we come to that,” said Walter who is there with his cousins. “Other than that’s everything is a bonus.”
“It’s got the size for more events. More volume, bigger events.”
The convention center’s director says as the city grows, so does interest in conventions wanting to set up and come to the Queen City.
“What we’re hearing is there’s a buzz about Buffalo. People heard about the development downtown.”