By Jennifer Weber
Across Western New York, many people take an annual pilgrimage during the Easter Season to the Broadway Market located in the heart of Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. While many visit to pick up their annual butter lamb, fresh Polish sausage and pierogies, a bunch of pussy willows and maybe a few painted wood eggs, the market has so much more to offer for those who take a little time to explore.
Buffalo’s Broadway Market has been in operation since 1888, offering an “ethnic old world shopping atmosphere” for visitors across the region. A one-stop shop, you can find fresh produce, butcher/poultry shops, baked goods, deli meats and all sorts of different kinds of candy from family-owned local businesses, some which have been around for multiple generations.
And then there are the flower stands, craft vendors, specialty shops and service centers. In fact, there are over 50 vendors including restaurants within like the East-West Cafe, Margie’s Soul Food and Potts Deli.
Bring the kids and get a photo with the Easter Bunny in front of the market everyday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And depending on the day, enjoy live performances which includes polka, jazz, big band music, a cappella singers and Polish dancers.
And while you are wandering around shopping for Easter goodness, why not have a little fun and play a “Broadway Market Bingo” game out of your afternoon spent at the market by trying to spot each of the iconic items found within the market before you leave: Giant Butter Lamb, Ribbon Crown, Dyngus Day Sweatshirt, Accordion Player, Wooden Easter Egg, Pussy Willows, Head Cheese, Bunny Cake, Sponge Candy, Paczki, Weber’s Mustard, Famous Horseradish. Find all 12 and you win!
During the Easter season, you can also have an impromptu wine tour around Western New York by stopping at several of the wineries/distilleries including Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, Black Button Distillery, Chateau Buffalo, Main Street Winery, Midgard Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Savage Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate and Vetter Vineyards.
The Broadway Market is open daily now until Easter and is located at 999 Broadway in Buffalo. For more information, visit broadwaymarket.org or call (716) 893-0705.