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Local restaurants preview Taste of Buffalo offerings

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From pierogis to cannolis, and fried chicken to chicken tandoori, there’s something for everyone at the Taste of Buffalo festival. The beloved event is coming up on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.

On Friday, local restaurants previewed some of the dishes they’ll be serving.

“We [will] serve our beef on weck eggroll, which is the beef on weck tucked into an eggroll. Our healthy option is the Brussel sprout slaw, and we also have a short rib poutine,” said Peter Hammerl, owner of Local Kitchen & Beer Bar.

The creative offerings sound so appealing that even Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is excited.

“I’m out just about every year at the Taste of Buffalo,” Brown said. “I’ve had the privilege the last few years of being a food judge, so I look forward to being there in that role again this year.”

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From left to right: Matt Testa, 2019 Taste of Buffalo Chair; John Persons, Tops Markets President and COO; Denise M. Bienko, Senior Vice President, People Inc.; and Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown at the Taste of Buffalo preview event.

Taste of Buffalo is the largest two-day food festival in the country. This year’s event will feature 56 local restaurants, food trucks, breweries and wineries. There will also be live music and dancing, kid-friendly activities and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs throughout the weekend.

One change from past years is a new simplified payment system: All tickets are now worth $1.00. Menu items will cost between one and five tickets, and admission, as always, is free.

More information about the festival is available at tasteofbuffalo.com.

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