On Saturday, I attended my first Taste of Buffalo. Paul and I moved to Buffalo last year in late July so we missed the 2013 event by just a few weeks.
I was prepared: I printed out the food menu and brought it with me so I knew which restaurants were offering what (I’m really glad they publish that information in advance). We purchased a wide range of goodies and we weren’t disappointed by anything we chose – I’d say that’s the mark of a successful Taste event!
It was hot on Saturday, which was one downside, so we spent a lot of time seeking shade. (We’d stand in the sun long enough to order food and then retreat to the shade again.) It was also pretty crowded, but the lines moved super quick and we didn’t have to wait longer than a few minutes for anything we ordered.
We’ll start off with the non-food photos, but don’t worry – I’ll get to those.
I attended the event with my husband and his parents:
We started at Niagara Square and there was already lots of people around when we arrived at 1130am:
Some of the attendees didn’t look like everyone else. This is Buster Bison and his fellow mascots strolling through the crowd:
We know one of the guitar players from West of the Mark so we stayed in the beer tent for about an hour listening to the band.
And now for the food! Paul and I split these samples so we were both able to taste everything we bought. Food tickets were $0.50 apiece so we purchased 40 tickets for $20 (most restaurants charged 4-8 tickets per sample). It ended up being exactly enough – we were full by the time we finished our last dish. Here’s what we ate, in the order we consumed them:
Vietnamese Spring Roll and Steamed Vegetable Dumplings from Saigon Café
Black Rice Sun Roll from Sun Restaurant (we had ours with salmon but mango was also available)
Sponge Candy Ice Cream from Anderson’s
Spinach Arancini from Bambino Bar and Kitchen
Grilled Korean Short Ribs from Papaya
When we were about to leave, a co-worker spotted me and asked if I wanted her leftover tickets. Indeed I did! Since we live not far from where the event was taking place, we went back the next morning to use them (the weather was rainy and it was much less crowded). On Day 2 we had:
Vegetable Lo Mein from May Jen Chinese
Seafood Stuffed Mushroom with Lobster Sauce from Carmine’s Italiano
What was my favorite? Although I enjoyed everything, I asked myself what I would have liked to eat more of once I was done with it (I’m not going to include the ice cream, which was great). My first choice is the black rice sushi, with spinach arancini a close runner-up.
I look forward to attending again next year!