> Tastes of the world
On Saturday, the corner of Lafayette and Grant streets on Buffalo's West Side will be the epicenter of Taste of Diversity, the food festival celebrating the neighborhood's melting pot of cultures.
Martha Sosa, from Peru, runs a stall called Pure Peru at the West Side Bazaar the rest of the year. At the Taste of Diversity, people will have a rare chance to taste Peruvian food in Buffalo, as Sosa serves up dishes such as papa rellena, stuffed potatoes ($4); empanadas, fried spiced meat turnovers ($3); pork or chicken tamales ($4); and a Peruvian drink called chicha morada, made with purple corn and pineapple ($2).
Other cuisines represented by food vendors include Burmese (Sun International), Native American (ThunderBird Tipi), Ethiopian (Lucy Takeout), Pakistani (Zaiqa), Puerto Rican (Puerto Rican Bakery) and Italian (B Ferrante's).
The free event -- which includes live music, dance, shopping and more -- runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. See more details at www.tasteofdiversity.org.
-- Andrew Z. Galarneau