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Posted on: July 9, 2021

Important Updates to Buffalo’s Recovery From the Covid-19 Pandemic 7-9-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today encouraged Buffalo area residents to put the Taste of Buffalo food festival on their weekend schedule. The Taste is back as an in-person event in downtown Buffalo.

“Last year’s Virtual Taste of Buffalo was a huge success with its many “Take-Out” options and live, online cooking experiences, but nothing beats being back in Niagara Square and soaking up the amazing Taste of Buffalo atmosphere, Mayor Brown said. “For many people, this will be the first large-scale event they’ve attended since the onset of the pandemic, making it a very special weekend.”

The Taste of Buffalo will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 10 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

This is a major milestone for the 26 participating restaurants and food trucks, and 2 New York State wineries. They’ve weathered the transition from closure, to ‘take-out” and “outdoor only,” to get to the new normal as we transition out of pandemic life,” Mayor Brown said.

Streets around Niagara Square began closing to traffic at noon today to facilitate festival set-up, and will remain closed until clean-up is complete late Sunday night.

Those streets are:

  • Delaware Avenue from south of Huron Street to West Eagle Street
  • Mohawk Street between South Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street
  • Niagara Square and its arterials, which include Niagara East, Niagara West, and Perkins Drive
  • Genesee Street between Franklin Street and Niagara Square
  • Court Street between Franklin Street and Niagara Square

Ticket tents for the Taste will be located on Delaware Avenue, just north of Mohawk Street and on Court Street, at the entrance to Niagara Square.

The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works will have numerous garbage and recycling totes located throughout the festival site. Taste-goers are asked to properly dispose of their food and beverage containers and other waste.

The City Hall dome and the City’s BuffaloLIT partners will light up downtown Buffalo in Green, Orange, and Blue tonight through Sunday, July 11 to celebrate the Taste of Buffalo 2021.

For a detailed map of vendor locations, their menus and information on all of the 26 restaurants, food trucks and wineries, as well as virtual Taste activities, visit:

Buffalo Police Athletic League (PAL) to Hold Bike Helmet Giveaway on Saturday, July 10

PAL will continue its series of bike helmet giveaways on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Children’s Festival, 282 Babcock St.

PAL will continue to distribute free bike helmets at locations across the City of Buffalo through September. For the complete calendar of PAL events visit:


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