The Taste of Buffalo came in with a bang on Saturday and Sunday in down town Buffalo. Past years tents were generally situated in Niagara Square, now it has expanded all the way down Delaware to Chippewa.
The planning has taken months and the setup over 48 hours. 2018 Taste of Buffalo Chairman, Matthew Testa said that he's gotten minimal sleep over the past few days but is expecting a large return.
"Ticket sales... hopefully we reach somewhere near one million dollars," Testa said, which would break Taste of Buffalo's previous record.
This year the festival is hosting 53 restaurants, 13 of which are food trucks and six wineries. Tickets are 50 cents and are sold in five dollar bundles. Each food item generally costs under 10 tickets. And for the people that didn't want to come to enjoy the feast, a few festival goers had a message for them.
"Get your butt up and come to the taste of buffalo, you'd have a great time, bring the kids too," Tisean Lewis and Depra Sekuterski said.
Joyride will be performing on the Top's stage by the beer tent from six to nine p.m. The festival even has expanded their kids zone to make it more of a family fun atmosphere.