The 38th Annual Taste of Buffalo, presented by Tops, is happening this weekend, here's what you need to know to attend. The largest two-day food festival in America will take place on Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Niagara Square and Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. There is good news as far as admission goes. Rather than having to buy an admission ticket, as previously reported, the Taste is open to the public and free to attend.

"After receiving updated guidance from New York State following the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions on capacity for public gatherings that was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, admission to The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops will again be free and open to everyone for this year’s festival. The Taste will no longer be divided into sessions and will be open for its usual festival hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 10, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 11." ~ Taste of Buffalo

 

If you purchased a ticket, you will be refunded the full purchase price, according to the Taste of Buffalo website,

Those individuals who have already purchased admission tickets via TasteofBuffalo.com will automatically receive a full refund. Anyone who purchased an admission ticket to the Tops Markets Session at a Tops store will receive a full $20 refund at any Tops area location. Refunds will be issued at the customer service desk through July 11, 2021. Anyone wishing to take their Tops voucher to the Taste of Buffalo itself may do so and will receive $25 in food tickets at the ticket tents at any point during the festival.

Saturday, July 10
11 am to 9 pm

Sunday, July 11
11 am to 7 pm

Here's what you need to know:
- There will be two food ticket tents
- You can use cash or credit to purchase food tickets
- There are 26 restaurants, food trucks, and wineries (see list below)
- Each restaurant will feature an Independent Health Foundation Healthy Option
- You can check out the digital festival guide here

The following streets below will be closed starting Friday at noon to traffic coming into downtown. Beginning at 5 pm, the streets will be closed to traffic leaving downtown, according to a media advisory from the Taste,

-Delaware Avenue from south of Huron Street to West Eagle Street.
-Mohawk Street between South Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street.
-Niagara Square and its arterials, which include Niagara East; Niagara West; and Perkins Drive.
-Genesee Street between Franklin Avenue and Niagara Square.
-Court Street between Franklin Avenue and Niagara Square.

 

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Here are the restaurants and wineries that will participate in the 38th annual Taste of Buffalo:

• A Gust of Sun (winery)
• Alex’s Place
• Babcias Pierogi
• The Bavarian Nut Company
• Buffalo Soul
• BW’s Barbecue
• Carmine’s
• Casa Azul
• Cheesecake Guy
• The Cheesy Chick
• Chrusciki Bakery/Simply Pierogi
• Danny’s South
• Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles
• Eli Fish Brewing Company
• Lavin’s Food Truck
• Lloyd Taco
• Local Kitchen and Beer Bar
• Merritt Estates (winery)
• Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream
• Osteria 166
• Papi Grande
• Pizza Amore “The Wood Fire Way”
• Share Kitchen & Bar Room
• Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill
• Sweet Melody’s
• Sweet Life Dessert
• Tops Friendly Markets
• Venus Greek & Mediterranean
• Water Lily Cafe

For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com, and keep up with the latest info by following @tasteofbuffalo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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