BUFFALO, NY -- The "Taste of Buffalo," billed as the country's largest annual two-day food festival, will roll for its 29th year on Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8.
The event, which features local foods and restaurants, will be held in an area that runs from Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in the downtown area.
This year, 51 restaurants, four food trucks and seven wineries as well as a culinary stage, musical entertainment and other special offerings will be included in the event.
More than 200 food items, ranging from Asian to barbecue to Italian to sweet treats will be available for sampling.
Restaurants participating for the first time will include the Buffalo Tap Room, Cabaret, Dehli Chaat Sweets and Restaurant, Dibella's, Francesca's, Friar's Table, Iris Restaurant, Mr. Bones, Manhattan's, The Original Soup Man and Romanello's.
Food trucks, on hand for the first time, will be Lloyd's Taco Truck, The Roaming Buffalo, R&R BBQ Food Truck and The Cheesy Chick.
Wineries will be Glenora Wine Cellars, Hazlitt Vineyards, Knapp Winery, Merritt Estate Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Spring Lake Winery and Woodbury Vineyards.
All food items will range in price from $1 to $4 in food tickets. Each restaurant also offers a taste-sized portion of a signature menu item for only $2 or 4 tickets. By purchasing $20 in food tickets, guests can get a "taste" at 10 different restaurants.
Pre-sale food ticket vouchers, available in $10 certificates, can be purchased right at the register at participating Tops Markets through July 8.
Buffalo firefighters are also getting into the action this year with the "Smokin' Hot Buffalo Firehouse Cook-off" on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The week before the festival, prospective attendees will be able to download the festival guide and restaurant map.