Why the Taste of Buffalo Has Become the Region’s Signature Event

July 13, 2019

The Taste of Buffalo draws legions of food lovers to stands on Niagara Square each summer. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)
The Taste of Buffalo draws legions of food lovers to stands on Niagara Square each summer. 

The City of Good Neighbors ought to be called the City of Good Eaters.

This is the place whose passion for food helped propel a homegrown taste sensation around the world. Then when a chicken wing festival was referenced in the film “Osmosis Jones,” Buffalo made the throwaway line a nationally known event, filling a stadium and 60,000 bellies.

Yet the National Chicken Wing Festival is but an appetizer compared to the Taste of Buffalo. Described as the largest two-day food festival in the United States, each day is, by itself, the largest event in the Buffalo civic calendar.
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