I heard from many Buffalonians over the years who now live in the Northern Virginia area that I HAD to attend Buffalo Nite. This year I finally bought a ticket. Coincidentally, I was later asked by my alma mater, Buffalo State, to help work their table while I was there. I was happy to oblige.
One of the perks of working the college table was seeing everyone as they arrived. The event drew a huge crowd. The line appeared endless – wrapping around the corner and down the hall, but it moved fast. Congressman Brian Higgins, (representing New York’s 27th District) graciously came up to me and said hello.
The New York State Society hosts this annual event, now in its 29th year. Festivities kicked off at 6 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Inside the event room was an endless spread of specialty foods flown in from Buffalo including: Beef on Weck, Battistoni Pepperoni, Bison Chip Dip, Wardynski Polish Sausage, Rosina Meatballs, Sahlen’s Hot Dogs, Rich’s Products, Genesee Beer and much much more. Maneuvering through the standing room only crowd was tricky, but I was able to get a piece of Bocce Club Pizza … a little slice of heaven if you will.
Lots of door prizes were raffled off throughout the evening and everyone who attended was given a baseball hat with a Buffalo on the front. Overall, I had a nice time.