The Taste of Buffalo is one of Western New York’s top must-do’s of summertime! ToB is known as one of America’s largest food fests & it is celebrating its 3oth birthday this year. Having attended over 15 years of the taste, we have discovered new restaurants for date night, refilled countless wine slushies, ran in to old friends, and tried new cuisines. If you have not gone to the taste yet, here is some great info to get your stomach rumbling!
Taste of Buffalo, located in Niagara Square (where City Hall is) & Delaware Ave.
Saturday 7/13 11am-9pm, Sunday 7/14 11-7pm
free admission! cost of tickets: 50cents/ticket; $5/sheet
over 50 restaurants! wineries! music! chef battles! food trucks!
@tasteofbuffalo (also on facebook)
Before heading out- check out tasteofbuffalo.com and print out a festival guide map! If you are on a mission, this is a great way to highlight what you’d like to try- and do so in a mapped-out way. There is also listings of the menu items for each restaurant & the ticket cost. You may pay cash or use a Visa or MC card to purchase tix. Music, chef competitions, and demonstrations are also listed. Many of our friends ask us ‘Where is the best place to park downtown?’ and we can give an array of answers- especially for this weekend. We suggest a couple different ways to get here & park:
- once you’re on the 90 (E or W, depending on your starting point), hop on 33W (aka The Kensington)
- 33W turns in to Oak St.. Continue on and make a right on to Broadway
- now you’re in the general area you want to be for parking
- don’t panic! 🙂 there are many areas to park. BCAR (Buffalo’s well-known public parking) is all over the place and here is the link to help you find your preference.
*our parking suggestions
- Adam Ramp (343 Washington St., near The Hotel Lafayette)
- Augspurger Ramp (362 Pearl St., near the Hyatt)
- Court Franklin lot (near Convention Center)
- Fernbach Ramp (200 Pearl St., across from Main Place Mall)
- Turner Ramp (1 Perkins Dr., closest to City Hall & the square)
Use your smartphone map to type these in for a play-by-play.
***Another fantastic way to get there is via subway. Park at UB South Campus 3434 Main St. Buffalo, hop on the subway, and get off at Lafayette Square. Piece of cake! (hmm, that sounds yummy!) If you’re on a schedule, make sure you head to nfta.com for current times- the subway is on single rail for the summer because of construction.
Fear not, parents- the square is open and, yes, there are many people- but don’t let that deter you from enjoying the beautiful weather and scoring some treats to share. It isn’t so packed that you cannot move a stroller through and it is very easy to access the lines and grab your food. There is also space to scoot aside and enjoy. Lots of our parent-friends enjoy coming every year so they can walk around and even introduce their little ones to something new.
The sample are perfect for sharing! That way, you can order MORE food and create your own little tapas party in the square. There are healthy options at each restaurant as well as award winning listings. Make sure to try some Banh Mi at the Black Market Food Truck, pork slider at Dinosaur BBQ (coming to BLo this fall!!), Samosa Chaat at Delhi Chaat, Beef on Weck Ravioli at Indian Falls, Vietnamese roll at Saigon Cafe, wine slushies, and take some Cinnamon Glazed Pecans home from The Bavarian Nut Company!
Want other things to check out while you’re there? City Hall is giving free tours noon-4pm and you can sign up in front of the building. Bring your camera for the best view of BLo on the observation deck!! Statler City is also on the corner of Delaware & Niagara. Enjoy yourself in the Lobby Bar and check out the gorgeous historic building. New Era Cap store is located on 160 Delaware Ave., right in the heart of the taste as well. Once you hit Chippewa, maybe you’re still hungry? Thirsty? Stop in Spot Coffee for a cold Spotsicle, Chocolate Bar for some martinis, or Soho for a burger and sit on their roof patio.
Make a day & night of it! Take the subway or walk down to Canalside and relax by the water!
***Things to remember ahead of time: sunglasses, cash for parking (the closest ATMs are located at First Niagara and Citizens Bank in Lafayette Square, only two blocks away), sunscreen, camera (use #tasteofbuffalo on your Twitter & Instagram!), your own water bottles, and YOUR APPETITE!! See you there! 🙂