About Us

The Taste of Buffalo

On Our Menu

The mission of the Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is "to provide an affordable and enjoyable weekend festival in a socially responsible manner for families of Western New York; to enhance the quality of life in the Niagara Frontier and promote downtown Buffalo."

Get A Taste

The Taste is a weekend festival filled with great food and entertainment. It is located in the heart of Downtown Buffalo along Delaware Avenue beginning just South of Niagara Square by City Hall and heading North past Chippewa Street to Johnson Park. It begins at 11 a.m. daily and there is no admission charge.

Music To Your Ears

Come party with us! Shake your booty on our dance floor to Buffalo's best party bands inside our in the Big Beer Tent on the Tops Stage - In its new location on Delaware Avenue, just past Chippewa Street. You'll find a DJ spinning hot dance tunes under a tent located on Huron Street. Show off your talents and sing karaoke inside the Mohawk Street Beer Tent. Our Hometown Beer Tent located at Delaware Ave at Niagara Square features ice cold local craft beer on tap and live acoustic music.

Food For Thought

More than 250 culinary specialties are served by WNY's best restaurants. All items are priced between $1.00 and $5.00. Tickets are $1.00 each. Each restaurant offers a "taste-sized portion" of a signature menu item. A "Taste" item is only 2 tickets. Pick your favorite food or sample something new like Chicken N' Waffle on a Stick or Pud Thai Chicken. The Taste has it all.

Tasty Facts

The Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS is the largest two-day food festival in the United States. It began in 1984 and now attracts almost 450,000 patrons annually. It has been voted WNY's premier outdoor festival. The Taste is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the State of New York and is run by an all-volunteer board of directors and a festival coordinator. The primary purpose of the event is to showcase downtown Buffalo and the wonderful restaurants that call our region home. As a rule, the Taste is designed to break even. Sponsorships help cover some of the expenses and food prices are set to make the event affordable for all families. The vast majority of the income from the Taste goes home with the restaurants and, after expenses (tents, electricity, permits, entertainment, trash collection, and more!), the Taste makes one or more contributions to local charitable organizations. Select charities and non-profit groups also partner with the Taste to staff ticket and beverage booths with volunteers in return for a small stipend. Up to five high school seniors residing in one of the eight counties in WNY, who intend to pursue a major in a culinary arts or hospitality curriculum, each receive $1,000 scholarships from the Taste each year.

36 Years of Tasting

Join us Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th in celebration of our 36th year of sharing food, drinks and good times with the great city of Buffalo! We've Grown! The Taste is now bigger! To make more room for you, we’ve extended our festival past Chippewa Street to Johnson Park & Delaware Avenue. Find this year’s new restaurants, food trucks, our big beer tent & Tops Markets stage in this expanded space.

2019 Board of Directors



Matthew Testa, Keybank


Luke Baecker, Arcara Zucarelli Lenda & Assoc., CPAs PC

1st Vice Chair

Erin Collins, Gelia

Assistant Treasurer


2nd Vice Chair

Amber Hartman, AMHR Advisors

Past Chair

Richard McDermott, NFTA/Metro


Elizabeth Mamot, AAA Western & Central New York



Ralph Basile, Premium Mortgage Thomas Mahoney, SAHD
Jessica Christensen, Praxair Inc. Tim Matthews, University at Buffalo
Eric R. DuVall, Tonawanda Sun Rozana Melandinidis, Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS
Joseph J. Florczak, Brookfield Country Club Thomas P. Muscarella, Erie County Department of Health
Laura Hermans, New Horizons @ Logical Operations Mark E. Reimann, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Chris Hitchcock, Hitchcock Tensility Enterprise LLC Matthew J. Reis, Tallinger Associates, Foodservice Design
Darcy Hitchcock, Cognigen Corporation Adam Roma, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
Leonard Hubbard, NFTA Mark Zawodzinski, Integer Holdings Corporation
Julie Maciejewski,  Niagara Frontier District of the United Methodist Church  


James K. Morrell, NFTA/Metro
W. Morgan Smith, Buffalo Place, Inc.

Advisory Committee

Ann Hackett, aHa! Designs
Mac Hartman, Freed Maxick & Battaglia CPA
Laura Jacobs, e3communications

Festival & Sponsorship Management

Connie Wendling, Sell-utions Inc.