Taste of Buffalo restores free admission

BUFFALO – Taste of Buffalo, the area food festival coming to Buffalo in July, has dropped its admission ticket requirement after New York State lifted pandemic-related restrictions on the size of public gatherings.

Admission to the event will again be free and open to everyone.

Alex’s Place and Eli Fish Brewing Company of Batavia are among the nearly 30 restaurants and food trucks scheduled to participate in the Taste of Buffalo festival.

The Taste will no longer be divided into sessions and will be open for its usual festival hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 10, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11. As in years past, food and beverage tickets will be available to purchase using cash, MasterCard, or Visa, upon arrival at one of two ticket tents at the festival.

Individuals who have already purchased tickets via TasteofBuffalo.com will automatically receive a full refund. Anyone who purchased an admission ticket to the Tops Markets Session at a Tops store will receive a full $20 refund at any Tops area location. Refunds will be issued at the customer service desk through July 11. Anyone wishing to take their Tops voucher to the Taste of Buffalo itself may do so and will receive $25 in food tickets at the ticket tents at any point during the festival.

This year’s Taste will include 26 restaurants, food trucks, and wineries, in addition to a host of participating sponsors situated throughout Niagara Square and along Delaware Avenue north to Huron Street.

For more information on this year’s festival, including a map and the full list of participating restaurants and their menu items, see the digital festival guide at TasteofBuffalo.com.

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