Taste of Buffalo underway. SEE Award Winners INSIDE!

Susan Rose shares her experience as a Taste Judge

Susan Rose
July 08, 2017 - 3:50 pm

WBEN Photo - Susan Rose


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Food by the forkful was being consumed at the 34th annual Taste of Buffalo on Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square.  Buffalo is home to the largest 2-day food festival in the nation.

Over 55 restaurants and food trucks are represented at the Taste.  450-thousand people are expected to visit this weekend. 

Weather was ideal. It was very comfortable with temperatures in the mid 70's, sunshine, low humidity and a light breeze.

WBEN's Susan Rose was a Taste of Buffalo judge.  She brought her husband Tim and son Brendan to help with the assignment. 

They tasted everything from Watermelon Gazpacho by Savor (at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute) to Tortellini with truffle sauce, Artichoke Francesca, & Sausage Bread from Salvatore's Italian Gardens.  They enjoyed a pepperoni roll and stuffed pepper pizza from T.C. Wheelers in Tonawanda.  For dessert, it was White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt!  "After a couple of hours we were in a food coma!" said Rose.  "We enjoyed some of the best food WNY has to offer". 


Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich was on the culinary stage near New Era Hat for an hour long cooking demonstration. 

The Taste of Buffalo is free to get in, and each food item costs $2 to $5 dollars.

It's open until 9pm Saturday and from 11am-7pm Sunday. 

Mayor Byron Brown was a judge at the Taste too!

Complete List of AWARDS!

One new award was introduced this year. New York Beer Project won the Hometown Hero award for their mac and pork sandwich. The Taste partnered with Western New York Heroes to choose a local veteran family who selected this inaugural award.


Additional Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops winners include:

  • Chair’s Choice (chosen by 2017 Chair Ralph Basile): Buffalo Scotch Egg (chicken wing sausage, egg, cheezit, and panko crust) from Riverstone Grill
  • Children’s Choice (chosen by Jacob Loretz): Waygu Meatball with Carmelized Onion Sauce from Black & Blue Steak and Crab
  • Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food: Prosciutto Tortellini with Truffle Cream Sauce from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
  • Lou Billittier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award and Best Overall Item: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Guy
  • Veteran Restaurant Award: Jerked Chicken from Caribbean Experience
  • Best of Buffalo Award: Chicketta Slider from Osteria 166
  • Best Meat Item: Dinosaur BBQ Wings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  • Best Seafood Item: Lobster Mac & Cheese from SEAR
  • Best Dessert: Lemony Coconut Bar from Chrusciki Bakery
  • Best Sandwich: ½ Reuben from Eddie Ryan’s
  • Best Red Wine: Rose Bud Peach from Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
  • Best White Wine: Zia Minx from Spring Lake Winery
  • Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:
    • First Place: Watermelon Sorbet from White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt
    • Second Place: Watermelon Gazpacho from Savor @ Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
    • Third Place: Fresh Fruit Sorbet (Italian Ice) from Sweet Melody’s   
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