BUFFALO — It’s the weekend your tastebuds have been looking forward to all year. Your waistline, maybe not so much.
The Taste of Buffalo is set to kick off its 30th year Saturday and July 14 on Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in Buffalo.
Fifty restaurants, seven wineries and three food trucks will be gathered all in one spot to offer Western New Yorkers a sample of three or four items from their regular menus — with no one food item costing more than $4, said Taste of Buffalo 2013 Chairman Joe Lane.
It’s a special year for the country’s largest two-day food festival as it celebrates three decades of existence. And that means extra treats for the thousands of attendants.
“We’re asking everyone to come on down and party with us and stop at our birthday cake (at Niagara Square) where you can take your picture popping out of the cake,” Lane said, adding that starting at 1 p.m. each day of the taste, Taste-goers can try complementary cake and cupcakes from Tops bakery.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, guests are asked to join in a grand finale birthday celebration at Niagara Square where there will be cupcakes, birthday cake-flavored Oreos, Scharffen Berger chocolates and Charlap’s custom Taste of Buffalo-flavored ice cream available for sampling.
”I’m going to be looking for milk,” Lane said with a laugh.
The celebration will be highlighted by a birthday sing-along led by the band Roar 84.
There are 11 new restaurants at this year’s Taste of Buffalo, including Grand Island’s Riverstone Grill.
The restaurant was reopened under its previous name by its former chef and waitress, Chaz and Kristina Bulera in November.
The couple said they jumped at the chance to participate in their first Taste as the owners of the eatery.