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As soccer fans gathered around the new blue food truck, one question buzzed repeatedly in conversation: "Just what exactly is a torta?" The Casa Azul Torta Truck made one of its first appearances last Friday, serving during FC Buffalo's home game against the Erie Commodores. The mobile extension of Casa Azul, the Mexican brick-and-mortar restaurant at 128 Genesee St., i…

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Larkin Square and Hydraulic Hearth will close Seneca Street between them from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday for a public block party all are welcome to attend. More than 40 vendors – including artisans and food trucks – will participate in the gathering. Free lawn games will be part of the fun along with acrobats from The Bird’s Nest, Mapleview Alpacas and puppies from Queen …

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Williamsville will soon be cheesier. The family owners of The Cheesy Chick food truck have announced they will take over the former Apple Wood Cafe, at 5385 Main St., to open the Cheesy Chick Cafe. Simone Fancher, her son Jonathan Rowan and daughter Stephanie Rowan unveiled more details after teasing the news on the truck's Facebook page Wednesday. The trio of owners…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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After a booming five years, Buffalo's food truck growth has pumped its brakes. Larkin Square's Food Truck Tuesday, which began in 2013 with roughly 15 trucks, originally shined the spotlight on mobile food vendors. The series' popularity, as well as the success of Lloyd Taco, the city's first truck, pushed the industry into overdrive. The number of food trucks more than…

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Food trucks are omnipresent today, showing up near your office for lunch during the week, parked outside your favorite stores on the weekend or showing up en masse at daylong festivals. There are at least six regular events focusing on food trucks. Here's a look. Tuesdays Food Truck Tuesdays, Larkin Square Details: 5 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 1. At least 10 new food tr…

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Get ready for an early taste of summer: the first Food Truck Tuesday is here. The seventh annual season for the weekly Larkin Square event opens at 5 p.m. April 23. For the first week, at least three trucks will make their Food Truck Tuesday debut: Falafel Bar, Fat Lady's Cakes & Pies, and Rollin' Deep. Music is by Funktional Flow. Other trucks scheduled to appea…

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"Food Truck Thursdays" will return to Niagara Falls in about a month. The weekly events, which feature food trucks and occasional musical performances at the Niagara Falls Train Station, will return May 9, it was announced Monday by Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the city's Office of Planning and Economic Development. Events run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and take place …

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Fresh from New York, I absorbed everything about New Orleans: the music, magic tricks, waterways, but mostly, and forever in my mind, the food. Flavors danced like the jazz pouring from saxophones on Bourbon Street. The powdered beignets at Cafe Du Monde, Po’ Boys, jambalaya and — best of all, the seafood — seared into memory, reminding me to someday return for more. …

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A couple from Kazakhstan is taking their crêpes operation from a food truck to an Allen Street store. Irina Dyuzheva and her husband Igor Dyuzhev started selling crêpes from their Totally Edible truck in September 2017. Now they’ve taken over the food counter inside Holley Farms Market, 233 Allen St. To start, they’re offering the sweet and savory stuffed crêpe choic…

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Some of Buffalo's best bang-for-your-buck restaurants are getting national television exposure. Lloyd Taco, Doc Sullivan's, Fairy Cakes Cupcakery and Campfire Grill will appear on national TV, this time on the Cooking Channel's "#CheapEats." At 10 p.m. Nov. 7, episode 12 of season five features host Ali Khan exploring Lloyd Taco Factory's Williamsville location, tast…

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1) Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). General admission tickets are $40 in advance here, while VIP passes are sold out. Commentary: One of Buffalo's most popular Halloween parties - Buffalo Rising's masquerade ball - rages again on Saturday in the historic Statler. Five categories of costume contests, with $1,000 doled out in prizes, ar…

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1) Borderland Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. Sept. 22 and 23 at Knox Farm State Park (437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora). Tickets range from $65 to $359; more info on that here. Commentary: Set-to-debut Borderland has everything necessary for a big music festival: a gorgeous setting, a strong and varied lineup of live music, local art and craft vendors, and a wealth of lo…

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While the Taste of Orchard Park was a sterling night for several curious eaters on Wednesday, Chef's on the Go food truck had a far less fortunate evening. According to Chef's Restaurant's Facebook page and press release, the red mobile eatery was set ablaze by a "significant fire," causing damage and forcing the truck out of action. The Orchard Park Fire District respo…

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Don't make an immediate beeline for the wine slushies. Well, you can - who am I to tell you not to? - but through experience, they're most refreshing after a few hours of sampling food from among the 200 individual options at the Taste of Buffalo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 at Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue. Maybe it'…