Taste of Buffalo plans to have people attend the event this year

Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Taste of Buffalo is coming back, and will be in-person once again!

“We’re very excited to be able to bring a live event back to Buffalo. Last year we did have to pivot to a virtual event and while we were still able to keep the focus on our restaurants. It certainly wasn’t the same,” said Taste of Buffalo 2021 Chair Amber Hartman.

Because of the pandemic, last year’s event was a virtual one. But this year, with more and more people getting the vaccine to protect them from COVID-19, Taste of Buffalo organizers announced that this year’s event would be closer to the ones of years past.

“We’re bringing down some of the fantastic restaurants here locally in the Buffalo area. We’ll also have some entertainment for patrons as well,” Hartman said. “It will look a little different though.”

It’s going to occupy part of the area we usually find it, too — at Delaware Ave. and Niagara Square in Buffalo.

With an event taking place on July 10 and 11, we won’t be completely out of the COVID woods yet, and officials noted that “there may still be COVID-19 health restrictions in place throughout the spring and summer.”

“The Taste of Buffalo has always existed to support our locally owned restaurants. After so
many of them have endured unthinkable hardships during the pandemic, our mission is more
important now than ever,” Hartmen said. “We are working with our state and county officials to follow all safety guidelines that may be in place come this July. We hope this announcement gives our community something to look forward to this summer and sends a message to our local restaurants that better days are ahead.”

Officials say this year’s Taste of Buffalo will be a “ticketed event with multiple sessions to be held over the weekend.”

Details on how to get tickets haven’t been released yet, but that information will be released as the event gets closer.

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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