Tonawanda News — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Taste of Buffalo — and the occasion will be celebrated with the biggest birthday-party spread around.
At a preview event Thursday at Tops Friendly Markets on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, Joe Lane, the Taste of Buffalo’s 2013 chairman, reminisced about how the event started small in 1984 on Main Street, in an effort to bring people back downtown. It’s now the biggest two-day food festival in the United States.
“To mark this occasion, we’re having a big birthday celebration ... and you’ve all invited,” he said.
This year’s festival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in Buffalo, will feature 51 restaurants and three food trucks, as well as seven wineries.
Offerings range from the spicy (including Cajun broiled crawfish by Chester’s Cajun Grill) to the sweet (including chrusciki by the Chrusciki Bakery) and from vegetarian (including everything from Go Veggies Café ) to seafood (including including spicy tuna at Sakura Sushi) to items for the meat lover in the family (including Memphis pulled pork by Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, beef, pork or chicken tacos by Lloyd Taco Truck).
Buffalo classics include Anderson’s handmade ice cream or yogurt, chicken wing soup from Danny’s Restaurant, Buffalo chicken pizza from Just Pizza, beef on weck ravioli from Indian Falls Log Cabin, Buffalo Blue beef on weck from the Red Osier and Buffalo chicken arancini from the Black Market Food Truck. Eleven restaurants, including RTR Breakfast Unlimited in Niagara Falls and the Riverstone Grill in Grand Island, will be taking part in their first Taste.
Each vendor will offer three or four items, with at least one Independent Health Foundation “healthy options” item included at each site.