It's time for another Taste of Buffalo

Contributed imageThe Taste of Buffalo returns to downtown Buffalo this weekend with more than 50 restaurants, food trucks and wineries participating.

The nation’s largest two-day food festival, Taste of Buffalo returns Saturday and Sunday with culinary delights from 56 restaurants and food trucks, six local wineries, live music, family-friendly entertainment, and much more in downtown Buffalo along Delaware Avenue starting at Johnson Park, and throughout Niagara Square.

“The Taste is Western New York’s favorite food weekend, and we’ve made some changes to improve the festival experience for our guests,” said Matt Testa, 2019 Taste chair. “All food and beverage tickets are now valued at $1, which simplifies the transaction. If an item is priced at one ticket, that means it costs one dollar. In addition, new uniform menu signage at all restaurants will be easy to see so you have plenty of time to decide what you’d like to eat.”

Admission to the Taste is free. Menu items from restaurants and food trucks will remain between one and five tickets ($1 and $5). Food and beverage tickets will continue to be sold in $5 sheets at three ticket tents located throughout the festival. Cash, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted.

“The Taste’s eclectic menu represents a love for food that runs deep in our community. With items like Mexican street corn chowder, chicken tandoori, Thai cucumber salad, and shrimp po’boys – Taste restaurants offer something for everyone,” said Testa. “Whether you are looking for veggie dishes, savory meat recipes, decadent desserts, kid-friendly choices, or Buffalo classics – you’ll find it all at the Taste.”

Rookie Row, located along the Taste’s expanded footprint on Delaware Avenue between Chippewa and Johnson Park, is where guests will find the Taste’s nine new restaurants including Buffalo Soul Catering, Cali Eats, The Chocolate Bar, Dalmatia Hotel, The Draft Room, Eli Fish Brewing Company, The Hilltop Restaurant & Bar, Rachel’s Mediterranean Grill, and Sweet Life Dessert Experience.

The complete food and drink lineup, along with 2019 menu items can be found at tasteofbuffalo.com and in the Taste’s Festival Guide. The event takes place from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition, attendees can see and taste finished dishes prepared by some of the best national and local culinary talents on the Taste’s Culinary Stage by Artisan Kitchens and Baths, located in the New Era Cap parking lot at 160 Delaware Avenue. At noon on Saturday, celebrity Chef Shaun O’Neale, winner of "MasterChef Season 7," will prepare his Sweet Corn and Goat Cheese Risotto, and at noon on Sunday he’ll make Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with a Bourbon Reduction using Three Chord Bourbon, Squash Puree and Pickled Mushrooms. He’ll take questions from the audience and meet with fans. Chef Shaun’s cookbook will also be available for purchase. 

At 3:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, King’s Hawaiian Chef Bert will prepare White Chocolate Macadamia and Coffee Bread Pudding and King’s Hawaiian Smokey Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork Slider with Pickled Red Onions and Wild Greens.

Saturday at 2:30 p.m., it’s Lockhouse Distillery’s 6th annual Summer Cocktail Competition featuring a head-to-head craft cocktail competition using Lockhouse Barrel Aged Gin. Spirits sampling will take place before and after the competition. Interested participants must be 21 and older to sample.