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Healthy options, great weather are on menu for Taste of Buffalo

Though temptation will be everywhere, this weekend’s 32nd annual Taste of Buffalo is going to have plenty of healthy options.

For the ninth consecutive year, Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program is partnering with the event, requiring all restaurants to offer one healthy option. It’s the only food festival in the country with such a requirement.

The foundation recognizes three of those best-tasting options with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250.

The Taste of Buffalo runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in and around Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

The weather is expected to be glorious for both days of the event.

Mostly sunny skies are predicted Saturday, with highs ranging from the mid to upper 70s along the lakes, to the low to mid 80s inland, according to the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga. It’s more of the same for Sunday, with high temperatures expected in the low 80s.

The first real chance of rain won’t hit until overnight Sunday into Monday morning.