Those looking to take a healthy strategy into the Taste of Buffalo this weekend will have plenty of options.
For the ninth year in a row,50 food vendors at the festival – which runs Saturday and Sunday on Delaware Avenue, between Chippewa Street and Niagara Square – are required to offer at least one healthy menu item through the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program.
These options will be lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, said Carrie Meyer, executive director of the foundation.
“Each year we look forward to the Taste of Buffalo where thousands of people can enjoy the delicious and creative healthy menu items restaurants and food trucks in Western New York have to offer,” Meyer said in a news release.
For the first time, the foundation will set up two tents where fest-goers can get a complimentary, Healthy Options-branded food tray while supplies last.
“Independent Health’s Healthy Options have become a staple of the Taste’s food offerings and each year more festivalgoers are trying this healthier alternative,” said Laura Jacobs, this year's Taste of Buffalo chairwoman.
Participating restaurants and food trucks are up for the challenge to create healthier food options, which will include cucumber avocado caprese salad (Carmine’s), Creole chicken wrap (Fat Bob’s Smokehouse) and mango smoothies (Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe).
Items tend to cost $2 to $4 – or four to eight food tickets
Find out what vendors each vendor is serving by clicking here.
The foundation will award $1,000, $500 and $250 to the three best-tasting Healthy Options items selected by festival judges.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Seven wineries also will be featured during the event, which also will include cooking demonstrations and music.