BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thousands of people are in Niagara Square this weekend looking to take a bite out of the Queen City. After going virtual last year, the Taste of Buffalo is back.
“People are excited to be out. The vendors are excited to feed all the starving customers. So come hungry for sure and have a good time at the taste,” said Ania Duchon, who owns Chrusciki Bakery and Simply Pierogi.
This is one of the first large festivals to make a return here in the Queen City. The Taste of Buffalo showcases local restaurants and their best dishes for people to try out. And vendors have been busy throughout the day keeping up with the demand.
“Pretty happy about it. Just to get out of the house and try some good food and seeing everyone else out here enjoying the nice weather it’s nice to be out,” said Andrew Scott who attended the festival.
There were long lines at BW barbecue with people waiting to get a bite of some ribs. And long lines at A Gust of Sun Winery with people looking to try wine slushies.
“This seems a little better than normal. People really want to come out. You could tell. We’ve had a constant line ever since 11 o’clock since it started. So it looks pretty good here. Things are looking good,” said Cody Grasso BW’s Barbecue.
A few people we caught up with say this is their first time going to an event with large crowds since the pandemic began. There are fewer vendors this year, but overall businesses and people attending the festival are just happy it’s back.
“I mean Buffalo can’t be spelled without food in it apparently. Taste of Buffalo is something I always do. I love it,” said Demetrius Jennings, who was at the festival. “This was the first chance to really come outside and see the community.”
This year’s event features 26 restaurants including some food trucks and wineries. And it’s sponsored by Tops friendly markets.
Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.