TASTE OF BUFFALO PRESENTED BY TOPS

ANNOUNCES 2018 RESTAURANT AND WINERY AWARD WINNERS AS PART OF 35TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops today announced that several local restaurants were named award winners in a variety of categories at the 35th annual festival. The judging took place Saturday morning, July 7th, by a panel of representatives from the local media, including Buffalo Healthy Living’s Associate Publisher Shannon Traphagen, along with members of Western New York’s political and business sectors.

This year, festival organizers introduced several new awards including The Buffalo News Gusto Critic’s Choice Award, which went to SEAR (Buffalo) for their Guajillo Roasted Hog Taco and the Yelp’s Choice Award, which Fat Bob’s Smokehouse (Buffalo) earned for their Smoked Watermelon.

In addition, Independent Health Foundation added a “Healthy Options Best Healthy Dessert” Award, which went to Sweet Melody’s (East Amherst) for their Red, White & Blue Sundae. Additional 2018 Taste of Buffalo award winners include:

Chair’s Choice: Carmine’s (East Amherst), Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp
Children’s Choice: Paula’s Donuts (Tonawanda), Donut Holes
Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food: Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles (Niagara Falls), Chicken N’ Waffle on a Stick
Lou Billittier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award: Ru’s Pierogi (Buffalo), Pierogi
Veteran Restaurant Award: India Gate (Buffalo), Chicken Butter Tikka Masala
Best of Buffalo Award: Rolling Cannoli (Buffalo), Sponge Candy Caramel Cannoli
Best Overall Item: Stack Burger (West Seneca), Demon Burger
Best Meat Item: Stack Burger (West Seneca), Demon Burger
Best Seafood Item: Black & Blue Steak and Crab (Amherst), Tuna Tartar
Best Dessert: Taste of Siam (Buffalo), Fried Ice Cream with Sweet Berries
Best Sandwich: Mineo & Sapio Street Eats (Buffalo) – Chorizo Po’Boy
Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options First Place: Lloyd Taco Truck (Buffalo), Black Bean Tacos
Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Second Place: Osteria 166 (Buffalo), Arugula Salad
Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Third Place: Bravo! Cucina Italiana (Cheektowaga), Chilled Grilled Shrimp & Couscous
Best Red Wine: Spring Lake Winery (Lockport), Cabernet
Best White Wine: Victorianbourg Wine Estate (Wilson), Pechette, Blend

This year, the Taste inducted Louie’s Hot Dogs, Chrusciki Bakery, Caribbean Experience, and Merritt

Shannon Traphagen & Caribbean Experience

Estate Winery into the inaugural class of the Taste of Buffalo Silver Fork Club. The club was introduced as a way to honor restaurants and wineries that have been involved in the Taste for 25 years or more.

The Taste continues today, Sunday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

Look for Buffalo Healthy Living magazines at the Hospitality tent at the Taste of Buffalo, Spot Coffee and the Hampton Inn hotel on Delaware Avenue.

About Taste of Buffalo
The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with an all- volunteer board, a festival coordinator and more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Each year, the Taste partners with various non-profit groups to staff our ticket and beverage tents with their volunteers in return for a donation. And, after all the expenses are paid, the Chairman donates the remaining monies to the Food Bank of WNY and other charities. The festival also offers five annual $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. To date, more than $500,000 has been donated back to the community thanks to purchases made by Taste festival-goers. New this year, two additional one-time scholarships were made possible thanks to Smithfield Foods and a generous Taste partner.