One of the biggest and oldest food festivals in the country is back this weekend in downtown Buffalo.

The Taste of Buffalo is back this weekend at Niagara Square and will feature 26 local restaurants, food trucks, and wineries and admission will be free.

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Officials with the festival announced that you will not need to buy tickets in order to enter the Taste of Buffalo this year. Last month because of COVID-19, officials said that the only way to attend the festival was to buy tickets and go during a certain time frame.

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in New York State, the festival is now free to attend but you will still need to buy food tickets in order to enjoy the delicious treats at the festival.

If you did buy the $20 tickets last month, you are entitled to a full refund and to get your money back, you can go to any local Tops Markets customer service desk to get it. If you bought your tickets from the Taste of Buffalo website, you will be refunded automatically.

This year the festival will be open from, 11 am to 9 pm on Saturday, July 10, and 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday, July 11th.

The money raised during the Taste of Buffalo goes back to local students who are interested in a culinary career.  Nearly $541,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities including three scholarships awarded last year to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree.

You can download a digital copy of the Taste of Buffalo map HERE
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