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New food, beverages on tap at Taste of Buffalo

The Taste of Buffalo is foodie fun for the whole family, and it’s celebrating 32 years of showcasing local food samples for approximately 450,000 people each year.

The country’s largest annual two-day festival is returning to Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Fifty-seven restaurants and food trucks, six New York State wineries, Coca-Cola, Labatt and Flying Bison beverages collectively offer 250 different items, with nothing costing more than $4. Each restaurant will offer a smaller, bite-sized portion of one of its signature items for just $2.

New restaurants participating this year include 716 Food & Sport, Bar Louie, Oshun, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Savor Restaurant at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Schnitzel & Co., Taste of Siam, Templeton Landing, The King & I, Ulrich’s 1868 Tavern and White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt. New food trucks this year are Cheesy Chick and J & L BBQ.

The festival offers activities for kids in the Taste of Fun KidZone in Niagara Square, Rolly Pollies obstacle course and the Imagination Playground from Explore & More Children’s Museum and interactive activities from the Buffalo Science Museum. Taste’s Culinary Stage, inside the New Era Cap parking lot on Delaware Avenue, will feature food and beverage demonstrations from Buffalo chefs, starting with Chef Johnny Ciao at noon Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Saturday will also include a Kid’s Sundae Building Competition at 3 p.m. which allows youngsters to compete with the assistance of real chefs. Sunday features a similar competition for the Kid’s Pancake Competition which includes samples for the audience.

For the adults 21 and older, the beer tent on Niagara East in Niagara Square will be open until 11 p.m. Saturday and will feature live music from Buffalo rock bands Saturday and live country music Sunday.

Food ticket vouchers are available at the registers of participating Tops Markets. The “Family Freebie” voucher is a $50 presale food ticket voucher that includes four free nonalcoholic beverages when you redeem it at the Taste for tickets. Presale food vouchers are also sold in $10 certificates and are on sale through Sunday. At the Taste, food tickets are sold in $5 increments. Cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Festival guides are available at all Tops stores in Erie and Niagara counties in July prior to the festival and are also free to download at tasteofbuffalo.com. The guide will also be available at ticket tents during the festival.

The complete list of restaurants, food trucks and wineries, along with the 2015 menu items and demonstration and music schedule is available at tasteofbuffalo.com

email: hgordon@buffnews.com

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