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14th Annual Taste of Diversity Festival

On Saturday, June 24, the community is invited to attend the wildly popular Taste of Diversity Festival on the city’s West Side. This is the festival that celebrates all walks of life, including the immigrant and refugee community that continues to proliferate in Buffalo. Despite the world’s political climate, this city remains a Sanctuary City.

This year’s performances include routines by bands and dance groups on two stages, including Salsa, belly dancing, and a steel drum band. Guests can also enjoy cuisines from nearly 20 local vendors and restaurants. A Family Fun Zone will provide children’s activities and entertainment throughout the day.

In recent years, the West Side has changed dramatically, mostly due to the influx of refugees, who populate the neighborhoods and who continue to open a variety of ethnically diverse businesses.

The Taste of Diversity Festival showcases local restaurants, vendors, musicians and dancers from around the world, representing the cultural heritage of Buffalo’s West Side community.

The Taste of Diversity Festival allows us all to celebrate this growing movement. It’s a chance to try new foods, dance, meet your neighbors, purchase worldly goods, and experience Buffalo as you have never seen it before.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Abyssinia Ethiopian – Traditional Ethiopian cuisine
  • A-maize-ing Corn – Roasted corn
  • Angelita’s Raspados Tropical – Mexican ice cream
  • Freddy J’s BBQ – Barbecue
  • Gypsy Parlor – Cuban pork with rice and beans and Bahn Mi poutine
  • India Gate – Indian cuisine
  • Yakisoba’s – Japanese cuisine
  • Buffalo Plant Burger – Vegan
  • Eva’s Hispanic Kitchen – Puerto Rican food
  • Gourmet Lao Food – Lao cuisine
  • LitosNY – pastelillos
  • Tattle Tell Catering – Soul Food
  • Gourm-Asian Bistro – Fresh, healthy, made-to-order Asian specialties
  • Tuk Tea – Bangkok styled tea taxi
  • Louisiana Cookery – Cajun and Southern cuisine

This year’s presenting sponsor is once again the West Side Development Coalition.

Buffalo’s 14th annual Taste of Diversity Festival

Saturday, June 24, 2017

11:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Grant Street, between Lafayette and Auburn Avenues
  • Delicious food
  • Great vendors
  • Wonderful live music
  • All day long
  • On Grant Street – the heart of one of Buffalo’s fastest growing business districts and most diverse neighborhoods

Admission is FREE, food tickets will be available for purchase

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  • jmilles

    Buffalo has sanctuary churches and an acrive sanctuary movement, but has not been declared a sanctuary city.

    • Wally Balls

      Declaring Buffalo as a sanctuary city infers you openly defy existing laws and allow crime to exist daily. If Buffalo declares itself a Sanctuary City, you might as well close the police department, too.

      • jmilles

        There is no official definition of “sanctuary city.” As commonly used, it usually means that a city chooses to direct its own choice of law enforcement resources rather than allow those resources to be commandeered by federal authorities to detain undocumented residents, including those who have committed no other offense than overstaying a visa.

        • Wally Balls

          You think Sanctuary City designations only refer to those who over stayed a visa? Really?

          • Jeff Brown

            S’matter, Wally, some “peasant” fart in your latte this morning?

          • Wally Balls

            I don’t know — did you?

          • Matt Marcinkiewicz

            he said ‘including those who have committed no other offense than overstaying a visa’. Not ‘which includes only those who have…’. So no, he does not think that sanctuary city designations refer only to those who overstayed a visa.

          • Wally Balls

            *Criminals. It should read “including those criminals”.

      • UrbanLove

        you really are as stupid as you come off, Wally. Bravo. I didn’t think it was possible.

        • Wally Balls

          Because you like criminals in your city? Makes sense.