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June 14, 2013

This year's taste: A birthday bash extravaganza

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Tonawanda News — Wineries will include Hazlitt Vineyards, Knapp Winery & Glenora Wine Cellars, The Winery at Marjim Manor, Merritt Estate Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars and Spring Lake Winery. For the first time, two of the beer tent locations will also feature a winery so patrons don’t have to move on to try both beverages. Labatt and Flying Bison will both offer beers.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the event “promises to be bigger and better than ever.” He said that economic development in the city makes it an exciting time for both visitors and locals.

“So the Taste of Buffalo ... is just a great way to show all of the wonderful development taking place in our city,” he said.

Birthday-specific events will include the Birthday Cake Oreo photospot at Niagara Square and complimentary birthday cupcakes from Tops and Birthday Cake Oreos starting at 1 p.m. both days. At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, a birthday party finale will take place, featuring entertainment, a city-wide birthday sing-along and samples of Charlap’s Taste the Party ice cream.

“There’s so much to do and eat and see,” Lane said. “You’re not going to want to miss it. You’re not going to want to go home.”

Those at the preview event were able to sample offerings from several Taste participants, including Tops, Niagara Seafood, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse and Francesca’s restaurant of Buffalo.

Steve Marchione, owner of Francesca’s, served up lobster gnocchi and eggplant fra diablo, the latter of which won last year’s award for best comfort food

“It’s wonderful,” he said of the Taste of Buffalo. “I’ll tell you why ... some restaurants get busier during the summer, but some get slower. It really helps to keep you in the black. It’s great as far as getting your name out there. How can you get that much exposure anywhere else?”

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