Say it isn't so!  It seems that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Taste of Buffalo event will be online.

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Channel 4 WIVB-TV first reported this morning what will be called “Taste of Buffalo at Home,” is going to take place from July 11-12 and will be showcased on the Taste of Buffalo’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

“In western New York and around the world, the restaurant industry has been devastated by our new reality as a result of COVID-19. We can’t be together in person, so our board of directors took a leap of faith and reinvented our festival in a virtual format to support the restaurants we all love so much,” said Erin Collins, 2020 Taste of Buffalo chair.

The “Taste Takeout” will allow restaurants, wineries and food trucks to prepare special deals available for takeout at their establishments that will begin the weekend of the festival and continue through the following week.

Online visitors can buy $5 sheets of virtual food tickets as a donation to FeedMore WNY.

As a regular Taste of Buffalo attendee and former judge, I can't say that I am not disappointed, but with what major sponsors like Tops and participating restaurants have to deal with in this "new reality" there are probably little other options. I can tell you one thing for sure...as someone who is on my computer at home frequently, the aroma of the "virtual taste" will probably be less appealing.