Niagara Gazette — A summertime ritual in Western New York is set to kick off this weekend as the Taste of Buffalo returns to Delaware Avenue for its 31st time.
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, is billed as the largest two-day food festival in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors over the weekend. This year’s event will feature 60 restaurants, including 17 participating for the first time, Taste of Buffalo 2014 Chairwoman Ann Hackett said.
The event will also include numerous sponsors with free giveaways and also new this year, 11 shade spots sponsored by attorney William Mattar to give those in attendance a spot to duck away from the sun during what event organizers hope will be another bright weekend.
“After three decades of offering fun by the forkful, this year’s Taste includes the addition of several new offerings to greatly enhance our visitors’ experience,” said Hackett. “From new shaded tents to a giant lawn-fete style beer tent with live music to the addition of 17 new restaurants and a new family freebie advance ticket sale promotion, there is plenty of fun and not enough weekend planned for this year. So whether you’re an annual Taste-goer or have never been, this is the year to eat your way through downtown Buffalo.”
Food tickets are 50 cents each and can be purchased in $5 increments at one of four ticket tents throughout the event with cash, Visa or Mastercard. Additionally, advance food tickets can be purchased at participating Tops Friendly Markets, the Taste’s name sponsor. Advance tickets are available in $10 increments and a purchase of $50 in tickets will include vouchers for four free nonalcoholic beverages.
Also at Tops, those planning to attend the Taste of Buffalo can pick up a copy of the event guide, which includes a map of the full event and a listing of each restaurant and everything they’re serving to help visitors plan how to use their tickets — and what space they’ve got in their stomachs.