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Taste of Buffalo goes online this year in response to COVID-19

Taste of Buffalo

The Taste of Buffalo is going virtual this year. With COVID-19 being a concern for the unforeseeable future, the Taste of Buffalo Board of Directors have decided to operate July 11 and 12 on the event’s Facebook and Instagram channels.

 The event will feature a “Taste Takeout” initiative, where participating vendors will offer deals that will continue while their supplies last throughout the following week.

There are about 30 confirmed restaurants participating at the moment. 2020 Taste of Buffalo Chair Erin Collins said they have had close 60 restuarants, wineries and food trucks participating in the past.


"Unfortunately, some restaraunts are not open right now or have closed permanently because of what has happened. Other's are just not able to agree to this kind of a promotion without knowing what things are going to be like in July," Collins said.


Collins said they have been having conversations about not being able to get together since March.


“Over the last couple of months, we’ve held out as long as we could in making a decision in hopes that we might be able to have an event in some capacity. And as time went on, it just became more obvious that that was just not going to be the case,” Collins said.

Live music events, contests and cooking demonstrations will be featured on the Taste of Buffalo’s Facebook and Instagram channels.

Five-dollar virtual food tickets will be available to use online for participating vendors and will also be a donation to FeedMore WNY. 


Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.