It's that time of year again: The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops would like to remind restaurants, food trucks and wineries the online application deadline to participate in the 2015 festival is Feb. 15. The year's premier summertime food festival is set for July 11-12 along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.
"I encourage all WNY restaurants, food trucks and wineries to consider applying to be a part of this great event in 2015," said Laura Jacobs, chair of 2015 Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops. "Last year, the Taste welcomed guests from all over the United States. It's a great opportunity for our local restaurants and wineries to receive broad exposure both in their local communities and beyond."
To be eligible, restaurants and wineries must be public establishments whose primary commercial function is to serve food/wine on a retail basis and be open year-round in Western New York. Wineries from the Finger Lakes wine region are also eligible to apply. Food truck applicants must adhere to the same menu item criteria as brick-and-mortar restaurants. Applications and additional criteria to be eligible for participation can be found at www.tasteofbuffalo.com under the "restaurants and wineries" tab.
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 people to Buffalo. The not-for-profit Taste, celebrating 32 years in 2015, has more than 1,000 volunteers. More than $277,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities. In addition, five $1,000 scholarships are presented annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree.