EatItUpScreenFood lovers rejoice, because while we are justifiably proud of our chicken wings, there is so much more to the Buffalo culinary scene than hot sauce and blue cheese dressing. Start with enormous ethnic diversity, add in a profusion of local farms and orchards and a microclimate in nearby Niagara County that is ideal for fruit and grape growing and what do you get? You get great restaurants, delicious local specialties, wine trails, farmers markets, gourmet food shops, cooking classes, and more. Click here for a quick tour of Buffalo’s culinary wonderland.

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by Matt Steinberg

WingFestivalThis weekend, September 5-6, the National Buffalo Wing Festival will be making it’s 8th annual appearance at Coca-Cola Field, tempting devotees of our contribution to snack-food history with offerings from over 20 restaurants. In addition to its many gustatory delights, the festival will have entertainment and contests, ranging from cooking demonstrations and wing-eating contests to quiz shows, the Electric Company (Hey, you guys!!) and the Miss Buffalo Wing Pageant.

The festival has been a local since it’s inception, and recently has also drawn national media attention from CNN, The Today Show, the Travel Channel, The Food Network, Discovery Channel, and newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Come downtown and see what everyone is talking about, and bring your appetite!

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by Melissa Barrie

TasteofBuffaloThere are only a few warm months in Western New York, and boy do we know how to take advantage of them! Festivals, lawn fetes, carnivals and fairs can easily fill up every weekend of your summer in Buffalo. Whether you go for food, culture, or just people-watching there’s something for everyone.

Here are some of the most popular festival highlights; what are your favorite festivals?

  1. Greek Festival – the official kick-off of the summer festivals in Buffalo. Held the first weekend in June, people flock to this festival for Greek culture, entertainment, and ethnic cuisine.
  2. Allentown Art Festival – thousands of art enthusiasts attend this festival in June to enjoy the arts and crafts of different exhibitors that are available for purchase. Also enjoy the festival food and historic Allentown neighborhood as well.
  3. Juneteenth Festival – this event in June is the third-largest Juneteenth festival in the country. Celebrate African-American culture, art, dance – and enjoy the parade, ethnic food, and different family activities.
  4. Taste of Buffalo Presented by Tops– the largest two-day food festival in the country. Enjoy sample-sized portions of the cuisine offered in dozens of Buffalo-area restaurants, as well as free concerts on both days.
    July 11th-12th
  5. Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival – another ethnic festival in July that offers Italian cultural exhibits, cuisine, live entertainment, and different contests.
    July 16th-19th
  6. Erie County Fair – enjoy the midway, food, animals, free concerts, family activities and more. This year, kids 12 and under are free!
    August 12th-23rd
  7. National Buffalo Wing Festival – held the first weekend in September, over 100 different kinds of chicken wings can be sampled at this festival. Stop by for the live concerts and different contests as well.
    September 5th-6th

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