by Susan Mikula Campbell
The party isn't over in the Town of Niagara.
This Saturday, Sept. 1, Wegmans on Military Road will offer its own salute to the town's bicentennial celebration with its version of a "Town of Niagara BBQ" to finish off the summer season.
The store is setting up a huge tent with seating for 100 near its sub shop door. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be free live music, food demonstrations and fun for children and adults, plus special barbecue meals available for $6.
"We're just looking for everybody to have a great time," said Jim Mapes, store manager. "It's just to show our commitment to the community, our commitment to the town, and to show our support for what they already did in their 200 year celebration."
Wegmans was one of the sponsors for the town's big bicentennial picnic over the weekend prior to the Fourth of July.
"Jim Mapes and his entire staff at Wegmans have always been a great supporter of the Town of Niagara, and their Sept. 1 celebration in recognition of our bicentennial is greatly appreciated," said town Supervisor Steve Richards.
Music and food will be the highlights for the Wegmans event.
The bands that will be playing this Saturday are: Brian Berhatter, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Average at Best, 2 to 4 p.m.; and CLYDE, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
As for the food, similar meals if offered in store would sell for $8 to $10. The special barbecue meals will be $6 for a choice of entree with two side dishes.
"We brought the price down for the celebration," Mapes said.
Plus, the meals will be a bit different from what is usually offered inside the store.
"Everything we're doing is unique and just special for the big event," said chef Derek Disorbo.
The store's chefs will be smoking and cooking the meats on site. Disorbo and crew were still working on a final menu this week, but meals being considered included pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches, upscale hamburgers with gourmet toppings, clams poached in beer broth and tumble marinated chicken broth ("really moist and flavorful"), Disorbo said. Sides will include choices such as corn on the cob and "ultimate" baked beans.
"We're just going to have some fun with it," Disorbo promised.