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The Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS is an annual event that showcases the best of the Buffalo Niagara region's culinary talents. Everyone knows about Chicken Wings and Beef on Weck, but do they know about Risotto Sticks or Sponge Candy Caramel Cannoli?

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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 St to Johnson Park. It begins at 11 a.m. daily and there is no admission charge. Tickets are 50 cents each. All items are priced between $1.00 and $5.00. A "Taste" item is a smaller portion of a restaurant's signature menu item for only 4 tickets or $2.00.

The future dates of the Taste of Buffalo are:
July 13 & 14, 2019, July 11 & 12, 2020, July 10 & 11, 2021 & July 9 & 10, 2022

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On average, the Taste has over 50 restaurants, most of which are locally owned and operated. More than 13 different ethnic food groups are featured. All restaurants must serve three items, as well as a Healthy Option and one "Taste" item. Healthy Options are lower in fat, cholesterol and sodium. A "Taste" item is a smaller portion of a restaurant's signature menu item for only 4 tickets or $2.00. Tickets are 50 cents each.

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No. Admission is FREE. Each food ticket is 50 cents each.

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All items are priced between $1.00 and $5.00, from 2 tickets to 10 tickets. Tickets are 50 cents each. A "Taste" item is a smaller portion of a restaurant's signature menu item for only 4 tickets or $2.00.

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There are 3 ticket tents at the festival. Food tickets are sold in $5 sheets and each food ticket is valued at .50.

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You can purchase pre-sale food ticket vouchers at the register at participating TOPS Markets in Erie and Niagara counties. Pre-sale food ticket vouchers are sold in $10 and $50 increments and are redeemable for tickets at any of the 3 ticket tents at the festival.

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Yes! Visit a participating TOPS Markets in Erie or Niagara county. Purchase a $50 pre-sale food ticket voucher at the register and receive a coupon good for 4 FREE non-alcoholic beverages, redeemable at any Taste of Buffalo ticket tent. In addition we have each restaurant provide a "Taste" item is a smaller portion of a restaurant's signature menu item for only 4 tickets or $2.00.

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Restaurants do not offer free food, but some of our sponsors offer free samples or other giveaways.

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Yes. You can use the NFTA's trip planner! Metro covers Buffalo, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and all points in between utilizing buses, trains, vans and trolley-buses.

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You can park on any side street that doesn't have restrictions, and there are also numerous parking lots and ramps surrounding the festival. Remember to bring cash to park or use Parking Panda before the festival to purchase a reserved parking spot. The Taste of Buffalo has partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations to offer the ability to purchase guaranteed parking passes at several lots within walking distance to the festival. Once purchased, parking passes will be instantly emailed to you and guarantee you access to your selected location.

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The festival is handicap accessible. There is handicap parking on the side streets that does not have restrictions, and there are also numerous parking lots and ramps surrounding the festival, that has the typical handicap spots. Remember to bring cash to park or use Parking Panda before the festival to purchase a reserved parking spot. We are the nation's largest two-day food festival so you should expect a crowd. There is plenty of shade in Niagara Square and look for our Shade Spaces presented by New Era Cap scattered throughout the Taste to stop and get out of the sun.  

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The Taste's Restaurant Committee accepts applications year round. To be considered, visit the "Contact" section of our website and complete the Restaurant online application.

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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 Ave., just past Chippewa. You'll find a DJ spinning hot dance tunes on the AT&T Stage located on Huron St. 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. Take a seat at our Culinary Stage inside the New Era Cap parking lot on Delaware Ave. and watch demonstrations and exciting competitions and grab a sample or two! The Taste of Fun KidZone play space is a free, fun area to bring your kids. Sponsors provide fun, interactive exhibits and free samples!

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The Taste began in 1984 by a group of civic leaders who wanted to create a family-friendly event that would help bring people to downtown on a summer weekend, and at the same time show off the region's entrepreneurial spirit by featuring locally-owned restaurants. From there, the Taste grew - and grew some more. It is now the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 people to downtown Buffalo. The Taste is still run by an all-volunteer board of directors, a small army of volunteers and an Event Coordinator.

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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. 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. Click here to see the winners.

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Each restaurant offers a Healthy Option. Unfortunately, due to the vast number of menu items and ingredients, we cannot analyze each dish and, therefore, cannot make any recommendations.

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The Taste does not offer any type of vendor package.

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July 13 & 14, 2019

July 11 & 12, 2020

July 10 & 11, 2021

July 9 & 10, 2022  

 

 

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We are dog lovers, that's why we suggest that you consider leaving your dog at home. The crowds, stimulation and heat may not be the best place for your dog. Please stop by the Milk-Bone tent to pick up some samples to take home  to your buddy.

Tips for setting your dog up for success at an outdoor festival:

  1. Bring only well socialized dogs to events, these are not the places to flood your dog with stimulation.
  2. Make sure you dog is up to date on all vaccinations, for their health and for the health of the other dogs as well.
  3. Bring the right equipment: A 4 foot nylon leash will keep your dog close and give you the most control. Pack water and a water bowl for your pet. And don’t forget the poop bags!
  4. Be mindful of your pet. Watch for signs of stress. If your dog needs to leave, take them home, you can always come back.
  5. Be mindful of people around your pet. Not everyone knows how to be safe around animals and may inadvertently do something to antagonize your pet.
  6. Keep a safe distance. Your dog does not need to meet and become best friends with every dog they see at an event. It is a high stress environment and the meeting may not go as well as planned.
  7. Have fun!

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