The 40th annual Taste of Buffalo, presented by Tops, will feature more than 40 restaurants, food trucks, craft breweries, New York State wineries, and more, coming together to celebrate Buffalo’s food scene. It will be held July 8 and 9 on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.
The list of restaurants includes a mix of classic American and ethnic cuisines that represents the diverse food culture for which Western New York is known. Ten restaurants will be participating in the Taste of Buffalo for the first time, including new meatless and gluten-free options.
“For 40 years, the Taste has been bringing the community together to celebrate our diverse foods and the city we love,” said 2023 chairperson Elizabeth Mamot. “This year is no exception as the menu includes a variety of Buffalo’s food favorites coupled with an eclectic mix of international, gluten free and vegetarian offerings, and of course, birthday cake! This is Western New York’s official invite to join us for plenty of 40th birthday fun.”
Genesee Brewery, Coca-Cola, The Tipsy Trailer, and Sad Boys Brewing round out the beverage options for this year’s Taste.
“Genesee has a lot of history in Buffalo and, as a presenting sponsor of Taste of Buffalo, there’s a huge opportunity for new Buffalonians to discover our beers,” Genesee brewery says. “Anticipation and excitement is extremely high for this event!”
From Genesee, Taste of Buffalo festival goers can look forward to an exclusive beer brewed for the event, Genesee Brew House IPA, which was made by Genesee Brew House Brewmaster Dean Jones exclusively for the Taste of Buffalo, Ruby Red Kolsch and Tropical Pineapple Kolsch, and Seagram’s Escapes Signature Cocktails.
“We’re excited to bring along the brand new Seagram’s Escapes Signature Cocktails to the Taste of Buffalo!” Genesee adds. “Made at the Genesee Brewery, Seagram’s Escapes Signature Cocktails are 13%, ready to drink cocktails in a can.”
Sad Boys will be bringing along their Jomama’s Honey Boo-Boo, a lightly hopped light beer with blueberry and honey, Summer Bummin,’ a summer shandy, and Sad Boys Seltzer: Cherry Lime.
“Sad Boys is extremely excited to be welcomed to the Taste of Buffalo this year,” Sad Boys Brewing says. “To say that the Buffalo beer community, and Buffalo community as a whole, has been welcoming would be an understatement. We are extremely honored to feel a part of such an amazing grouping of individuals and the Taste of Buffalo exemplifies that. To the Taste of Buffalo all we can say is thank you for including us, it means the world and we look forward to attending!”
“This year we will celebrate 40 years of The Taste of Buffalo,” Mayor Byron W. Brown stated. “That’s forty years of one of Buffalo and Western New York’s largest and most popular summer events. Forty years of welcoming some of the best restaurants and beverage makers to downtown Buffalo. And, forty years of adjustments and creativity, especially in recent years as the Taste adapted to the COVID pandemic and other challenges. I thank Taste of Buffalo organizers, past and present, Taste sponsors, as well as John Persons and the Tops team, for all their hard work over the years as we look forward to another great festival in 2023, and many more in the decades to come.”
The following restaurants, food trucks, and wineries will be participating in the Taste of Buffalo’s 40th birthday celebration:
- A Gust of Sun Winery
- A’mano Fresh Pasta Kitchen
- Anchi A La Carte
- Avenue29 Foods
- Babcias Pierogi
- Bavarian Nut Company
- Brodies of WNY
- BW’s Barbecue
- Caribbean Flava
- The Cheesy Chick food truck
- Chrusciki Bakery
- Days Park Tavern
- Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles food truck
- Fat Lady’s Cakes and Pies food truck
- Genevieve’s Cheesecakes
- Golden Hour Treats
- Hofbräuhaus Buffalo
- India Gate
- Just Pizza food truck
- Kith & Kin Bakeshop & Bistro
- KT Caribbean Cuisine food truck
- La Casa de Sabores
- Lloyd Taco Trucks
- Milk and Tea
- Mister Pizza Elmwood
- Merritt Estate Winery
- Mother Cluckers food truck
- New Jewel of India
- Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream
- Osteria 166
- Pizza Amore “The Wood Fire Way” food truck
- Rachel’s Mediterranean Grill
- Restaurante Mi Isla
- Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill
- Stack Burger
- Sweet Melody’s
- Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
- Tops Friendly Markets
- Venus food truck
- Victorianbourg Wine Estate
- Water Lily Cafe
“The Taste prides itself on being the premiere food event that showcases every corner of Buffalo’s incredible and diverse food scene,” said Mamot. “This year’s lineup showcases that diversity, and we look forward to attendees getting the opportunity to enjoy their usual staples while finding their new favorite restaurants.”
“There’s nothing quite like the Taste of Buffalo to kick off the summer event season in Western New York,” said John Persons, president, Tops Friendly Markets. “We are thrilled to be celebrating the Taste’s 40th birthday and our 20th year as presenting sponsor of this time-honored tradition that brings together all the best of what Buffalo has to offer.”
Earlier this year, the Taste of Buffalo was announced as the number one Best City Food Festival in the country in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The Taste of Buffalo is the nation’s largest two-day food festival.
Admission to the Taste is free. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased at the three festival ticket tents in $6 sheets. Cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Visit tasteofbuffalo.com to view the digital festival guide featuring participating restaurants and their menu items, the festival site map, the Culinary Stage and live music schedule, and more.