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The Taste of Buffalo held annually in Buffalo, New York is presented by Tops Supermarkets and is the largest two-day food festival in the United States. It began in 1984 and as of 2014 attracts almost 450,000 patrons annually, including Leon in 2017. It has been voted WNY's premier outdoor festival. The mission of the Taste of Buffalo is "to provide an affordable and enjoyable weekend festival in a socially responsible manner for families of Western New York; to enhance the quality of life in the Niagara Frontier and promote downtown Buffalo."
The festival is centered in the heart of Downtown Buffalo along Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square by City Hall to Chippewa Street. It begins at 11 a.m. once a year for two days and there is no admission charge. Food is purchased with tickets. Tickets are sold in $5 increments. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Two stages provide continuous musical entertainment and the Culinary Stage showcases cooking demonstrations. In addition to over 50 local restaurants and wineries you'll find local and national sponsors sampling their products and interactive mobile displays for guests to enjoy.
More than 200 culinary specialties are served by participating restaurants. Menu items are priced between US$1.00 and US$4.00. The majority of restaurants are from in and around the Buffalo area, but the festival also attracts the participation of a few restaurants from nearby cities such as Rochester and Batavia.
The 30th Annual Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops took place on July 13 and 14, 2013.