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Time to Plan the Gluttonous Graze at the 2014 Taste of Buffalo

Thirty-one years and going strong, the annual city food festival that has become a signature summer event is on deck.
The nation’s largest two-day Taste of Buffalo returns to Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square on July 12 (11am – 9pm) and July 13 (11am – 7pm); for the first time, the new lawn-fete style beer tent in Niagara Square will be open until 11pm on Saturday. Nearly a half-million hungry patrons are expected to converge on the downtown streets whether it’s rain or shine.
“Fun by the Forkful” will feature 60 eateries, including 17 new restaurants, Coco-Cola, Labatt and Flying Bison beverages. The pricing is consistent from year-to-year: all items are priced between a buck and $4.
A trio of popular food vehicles:  Lloyd’s Taco Truck, RNR BBQ and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. If you want to wet your whistle with some vino, seven wineries will be pouring some of their best from regional vineyards.
“You won’t leave hungry with more than 220 culinary specialties, ranging from Asian to barbecue to Italian to vegetarian to desserts,” said Ann Hackett, 2014 chairman.
Live local music acts will be on hand for the two day feeding frenzy. By the way, it’s possible to attend the festival and still eat a healthy diet. Did you know the Taste of Buffalo is the only food fest in the U.S. that requires all participating restaurants to offer a healthy menu item?  Those samples are lower in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
What else is new this year? The Family Freebie: buy $50 in pre-sale food ticket at vouchers at tops and receive 4 free nonalcoholic beverages when redeemed for tickets at a Taste tent.
My Taste advice: Wear elastic pants and map out your plan of attack by downloading the guide and map at
Coming up on Brenda’s Bites this Sunday, 10:30-11am, on WWKB AM 1520: Leslie Zemsky talking about all the great food available in Larkinville and Illya Lasting scoops us with news on his two ice cream places: Route 16 and Route 20 Ice cream.

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06/19/2014 4:07PM
Time to Plan the Gluttonous Graze at the 2014 Taste of Buffalo
What is your favorite food or eatery at the Taste? Are there restaurants and entertainment acts you would like to see added to the event?
06/20/2014 3:34PM
Can't wait
I look forward to trying new things every year, Brenda. Last year we enjoyed Thai food and Jamaican cuisine for the first time. Love the Taste!
06/20/2014 3:34PM
Please don't bring dogs and other animals to the festival. So cruel.
06/20/2014 3:35PM
Things I'd like to see
Would like less BBQ and more ethnic eateries and maybe a breakfast place at the Taste.
06/20/2014 3:44PM
Too many sweets
We go around lunch time both days. I'd like more food places and fewer ice cream and dessert stands.
06/20/2014 3:45PM
Love Taste and Lewiston Peach fest
Taste is our favorite festival of the season in Buffalo. We also frequent the Lewiston Peach festival every year but nothing beats the taste. Here's hoping for good weather.
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