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Peachy keen: Two festivals and outdoor dinner celebrate peach harvest
Annual Shades of Summer dinner celebrates peach harvest. (NOTL Chamber of Commerce/Supplied)

Niagara-on-the-Lake is about to get peachy, with three major events planned for the second weekend in August.

The annual Shades of Summer dinner returns Sunday, Aug. 11. The event, hosted by the NOTL Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the peach harvest and runs in conjunction with the chamber’s annual Peach Festival, which is set for the day prior, on Aug. 10.

Another popular local tradition, the annual peach festival at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, will take place on the church grounds on Aug. 11.

Saturday’s festival will feature live bands, Queen Street merchants holding sidewalk sales, all while downtown restaurants serve up peach-themed treats, said Nicole Cripps, the chamber’s events’ co-ordinator.

There will also be a peach pie contest at noon on Saturday. Participants can bring their peach pies to the chamber before 11 a.m. where four judges will pick the winner, who will receive a prize.

The peach celebration will continue the following day when the chamber will set up tables on Queen Street, near the cenotaph, for the Shades of Summer dinner. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Registered guests should bring their own tablecloths, cutlery, dishes, glassware and food.

“And then (people) design their table however they like. A lot of people will do a lot of peach-influenced things, like big beautiful glass bowls with tons of peaches in them,” said Cripps.

There will also be live music provided by the Thomas Nelson Band and a DJ who will play during the band’s intermissions. Around 700 people show up for the dinner which is held rain or shine, Cripps told The Lake Report. 

Part of Queen Street will be closed to vehicles for the festival. Queen Street will be closed from King Street to Victoria Street at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Regent Street to Victoria Street will reopen at around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

King Street to Regent Street will remain closed for the Shades of Summer dinner on Sunday, Aug. 11 and will re-open at around midnight on Sunday.

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