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Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS Announces 2018 Restaurants, Food Trucks, and Wineries for 35th Birthday Celebration

Wed, May 30th 2018 02:00 pm

May 30, 2018, BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS today announced the complete lineup of restaurants, food trucks, and wineries that will participate in the 2018 food festival, which takes place July 7 and 8 in downtown Buffalo. Fifty-three restaurants along with six local wineries will be onsite this year for the Taste’s 35th birthday celebration.

The list includes:

  1. #getfried Fry Café, Buffalo
  2. A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard*, Ransomville
  3. Alex’s Place*, Batavia
  4. Andersons Frozen Custard, Williamsville
  5. Bavarian Nut Company, Buffalo
  6. Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Williamsville
  7. Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Buffalo
  8. BW’s Barbecue, Blasdell
  9. Caribbean Experience, Buffalo
  10. Carmine’s*, East Amherst
  11. Cecelia’s Ristorante, Buffalo
  12. Cheesecake Guy, Buffalo
  13. The Cheesy Chick food truck, Clarence
  14. Chiavetta’s BBQ Takeout, Lockport
  15. Chrusciki Bakery, Lancaster
  16. Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Café, Clarence Center
  17. Danny’s Restaurant, Orchard Park
  18. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Buffalo
  19. Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles food truck*, Niagara Falls
  20. Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Buffalo
  21. The Flaming Fish food truck, Buffalo
  22. India Gate, Buffalo
  23. J & L Boulevard BBQ food truck, North Tonawanda
  24. Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill, Cheektowaga
  25. Just Pizza food truck, Buffalo
  26. Lloyd Taco Truck, Buffalo
  27. Local Kitchen and Beer Bar, Buffalo
  28. Louie’s Hot Dogs, Tonawanda
  29. Merritt Estate Winery, Forestville
  30. Mineo & Sapio Street Eats food truck, Buffalo
  31. Mister Pizza, Buffalo
  32. Niagara Café*, Buffalo
  33. Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Lockport
  34. Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream, Hamburg
  35. Original Crunch Roll Factory, Amherst
  36. Osteria 166, Buffalo
  37. Patina 250, Buffalo
  38. Paula’s Donuts, Tonawanda
  39. Pizza Amore’ The Wood Fired Way, Grand Island
  40. Riverstone Grill, Grand Island
  41. Rolling Cannoli Truck (powered by Panaro’s), Buffalo
  42. Ru’s Pierogi food truck*, Buffalo
  43. Saigon Café, Buffalo
  44. Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Depew
  45. Schnitzel & Co., East Amherst
  46. SEAR, Buffalo
  47. Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill, Buffalo
  48. Stack Burger, West Seneca
  49. Souped Up food truck*, Tonawanda
  50. Spring Lake Winery, Lockport
  51. Sun Cuisines, Buffalo
  52. Sweet Melody’s, East Amherst
  53. T.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria, Tonawanda
  54. Taste of Siam, Buffalo
  55. Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, Geneva
  56. Venus Greek & Mediterranean, Amherst
  57. Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Wilson
  58. Vin-Chet Gluten Free Bakery, Snyder
  59. Water Lily Café, Cheektowaga

An asterisk appears in the list above to designate restaurants, food trucks, and wineries that are new or returning after a hiatus. In total, there are six new restaurants and one new winery.

“Buffalonians take food and traditions that involve food very seriously, from Italian and Polish dishes that early immigrants brought with them from Europe to traditional American barbecue, as well as cuisines like authentic Mexican, Burmese and Thai. The diversity of the Buffalo food scene is something to be celebrated because it mirrors the beautiful diversity of people in Western New York,” said Rich McDermott, 2018 Taste of Buffalo Chair. “The Taste of Buffalo’s 35th birthday is an opportunity to showcase both our food festival and the energizing resurgence that our city is experiencing. We invite you to join us this July to see – and more importantly, taste – for yourself.”

Event hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Admission is free and food items cost between two and ten tickets ($1 and $5). Tickets are valued at .50 cents each and sold in $5 sheets at three ticket booths located throughout the event.

Beginning June 10, participating Tops Markets will sell pre-sale Taste food ticket vouchers at the registers available in $10 or $50 increments. Each $50 voucher comes with a coupon good for four free non-alcoholic beverages, redeemable at all Taste ticket tents.

Menu items and additional event details will be announced soon. Visit tasteofbuffalo.com for more information.

About Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 people to Buffalo each year. The 35th annual Taste will take place on July 7 and 8, 2018 along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Each year, the Taste allocates funds to support the community through donations to local charities. In addition, the Taste partners with select non-profits to staff ticket and beverage booths with volunteers in return for a donation. The festival also offers five annual $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. To date, more than $500,000 has been donated back to the community thanks to purchases made by Taste festival-goers. New this year, two additional one-time scholarships have been made possible thanks to Smithfield Foods and a generous Taste partner. For more information, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.