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Taste of Buffalo Serving Up 25 Years of Good Eats

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – Rev up your appetite and get your taste buds ready. Buffalo's mega-eat-a-thon, "Taste of Buffalo," is back next month bigger than ever for its 25th year.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown enjoyed some Birthday Bash flavored Perry's ice cream Wednesday morning. But don't worry, the mayor also sampled something more substantial at the event kick-off at Tops Market on Elmwood.

The first sample course was Rueben soup from Joe's Deli on Hertel. It does sound a little strange. But Joe Lyons, the Joe of Joe's Deli, assures us it is one of their biggest sellers.

So, they are eager to include it in their first appearance at Taste of Buffalo. His deli is one of 14 new restaurants joining the festival this year. Lyons expects it will be intense, but he can't wait.

He is not alone. Nearly 60 restaurants are eager to have you try their specialties. And as you have already heard, there will be a lot more than just chicken wings. They will be hawking everything from double fudge torte to navy bean humus and stuffed banana peppers.

And there probably won't be many leftovers. The event has become the second largest food festival in the country, with nearly half a million people expected at Buffalo's table this year.

Keven Cavalieri chairs the event. He said the 25 year-old "Taste of Buffalo" has met its original goals and then some.

This year, organizers want to get the word out about some new side dishes to the event. There will be a new cooking stage with local chefs showing their culinary expertise. Seven area wineries have joined the event list. And there will be plenty of healthy food options. And you can try it all. New sample taste sizes are available for only a dollar.

The two-day event is July 12 and 13 in downtown Buffalo.

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