Buffalo, NY: Taste of Buffalo Winners Announced

By Heather Ly  |  WGRZ.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Thousands of people came to the 30th annual Taste of Buffalo with an empty stomach, but they sure didn’t leave that way.

More than 50 restaurants, wineries, and food trucks are taking part in the country’s largest two-day food festival.

The event is celebrating its milestone birthday with free treats on Saturday and Sunday.

This year the Taste of Buffalo is going hi tech when it comes to judging your favorite dish. Visitors can vote for their fave by texting a number listed on each vendor’s menu board.

There are multiple cooking demonstrations, as well as live music on two different stages.

A panel of honorary judges — including 2 On Your Side’s Ron Plants, Melissa Homes, Jen Stanonis and Kevin O’Connell — have selected the 2013 Taste of Buffalo winners (listed below).

The Fan Favorite Food, however, has yet to be determined. Festival-goers can continue to text a vote for their favorite Taste item through the end of the event. Item numbers and texting information are available at the event and in the festival guide.

The 2013 Taste winners are:

Chairman’s Choice (chosen by 2013 Chairman Joe Lane): Chester’s Cajun Grill – Seafood Jambalaya

Children’s Choice (chosen by Josh & Emily Lane, nephew and niece of this year’s chairman): The Riverstone Grill – Bleu Heron Burger

New York Award (selected by New York State Senator Mark Grisanti): Manhattan’s – Pistachio Encrusted Chicken on a Stick

Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food: Chrusciki Bakery – Cookie Bottom Cheesecake

Lou Billitier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award: Indian Falls Log Cabin

Best Overall Item: Landies Candies – Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Best Meat Item: Cecelia’s Ristorante – Banana Pepper Stuffed Chicken

Best Seafood Item: Carmines Restaurant – Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms w/ a Lobster Sauce

Best Dessert: Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Homemade Ice Cream

Best Red Wine: Marjim Manor – Spring Lake Steuben

Best White Wine: Hazlitt Vineyards – Sauvignon Blanc

Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:

First Place: Francesca’s – Lemon Strawberry Sorbet

Second Place: Chrusicki Bakery – Angel Food Cake with Lite Mousse

Third Place: Bravo – Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Best Decorated Boot:  Eddie Ryan’s

The Taste of Buffalo runs through 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Delaware Avenue from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. Don’t forget the 30th birthday party finale happens at 3:30 p.m. in Niagara Square!

For more information, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com.