By Ben Tsujimoto
Crowds of curious eaters won’t be scouring Niagara Square and Delaware Avenue for local bites from a plethora of cuisines this year.
Instead, Taste of Buffalo, the largest two-day food festival in the United States, will go online this summer, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On its Facebook and Instagram channels on July 11 and 12 – the dates originally scheduled – Taste will host cooking demonstrations, musical performances, contests, games and other food-related entertainment typically found at the festival. .
The biggest move, however, will be Taste Takeout, with more than half of the vendors scheduled to participate in the festival pivoting to special take-out menus for July 11 and 12 and extending into the following week as long as stocks last. These special menus will be published in the coming weeks.
âWe can’t be together in person, so our board of directors took a leap of faith and reinvented our festival in a virtual format to support the restaurants we all love so much,â said Erin Collins, President 2020 Taste of Buffalo, in an outlet.
Entertainment events and festivals that draw large crowds, like the Taste of Buffalo, are included in the state’s fourth and final phase of reopening, which has no firm date.