Getting Ready for a Taste of Buffalo

Nation's largest two day food fest kicks off Saturday

Tom Puckett
July 07, 2017 - 4:00 am

Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The nation's largest two day food festival is just one day away. All week on A New Morning, you've heard us preview Taste of Buffalo.

This year's event will honor veterans. "We thought veterans were a group we've missed, so we wanted to get involved with them. Our presenting sponsor Tops, without us knowing about it, had planned to turn over proceeds to Honor Flight," says chairman Ralph Basile. The Taste is partnering with WNY Heroes to plan some very special activities honoring United States Veterans. These include a "Hometown Hero" award for one restaurant and some other surprises to thank Western New York's servicemen and women and their families. 

Other charities will also benefit "You can feel good when you eat at the Taste, as you are not only supporting your local restaurants, you are helping make possible donations to numerous charitable organizations in our community," added Basile. "To date the Taste has awarded more than $360,000 in both donations and scholarships."

New restaurants and food trucks participating this year include Amici Ristorante, Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Local Kitchen and Beer Bar, New York Beer Project, Pasion Latin Cuisine, Patina 250,  SEAR, Vin-Chet Gluten Free Bakery, Water Lily Café, #getfried Fry Café, Cheesecake Guy, Healthy Scratch, Original Crunch Roll Factory, and Rolling Cannoli Truck. Participating wineries include Merritt Estate Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Spring Lake Winery, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, and Victorianbourg Wine Estate.

Two veteran restaurants are Pizza Amore and Eddie Ryan's. Pizza Amore's Dan Perri says you never know what to expect. "The weather should be great this year," says Perri, who says surprises are not limited to weather. "Our biggest surprise is our Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese. People in Buffalo really like mac and cheese because we sold more than we ever did in our lives," says Perri.

Ryan will bring his Reuben and pot roast sandwiches along with beer cheese soup. "We've been doing this for 11 years, I'm not crazy yet. We have all the food ready," says Ryan.

There are road closures associated with the Taste of Buffalo:

Friday, July 7th

 

  • 12 p.m. – Delaware Avenue starting at Chippewa Street and continuing to and around Niagara Square will be closed to inbound traffic. Portions of other streets adjacent to the Taste footprint will also be closed, including:
    • Court between Franklin & Niagara Square;
    • Perkins between Elmwood & Niagara Square;
    • Niagara between Elmwood & Niagara Square;
    • West Genesee between Franklin & Niagara Square;
    • West Mohawk between Elmwood & Franklin;
    • West Huron between Elmwood & Franklin;
    • Cary between Elmwood & Delaware

 

  • 5 p.m. – Delaware Avenue from Chippewa through to Niagara Square will be closed to outbound traffic.

 

These streets will remain closed until late night on Sunday, July 9th.

 

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