Taste of Diversity
[FOOD] The Taste of Diversity festival will fill Grant Street with Buffalo’s West Side dancers, musicians and food vendors on Saturday, June 25. The West Side Youth Development Coalition invites the whole family to spend the day sampling and exploring the different cultures present in the growing West Side community. Heading into its 14th year, the Taste of Diversity festival embodies an inclusive spirit with its wide array of food vendors, bazaars and restaurants such as Abyssinia Ethiopian, Boualivone Serixay, Essex Street Pub, Freddy J’s BBQ, Gypsy Parlor, India Gate, M Asian Halal Foods, Pure Peru, and Yakisoba’s. Venezuelan food will be found near Angelita’s Tropical Mexican Ice Cream as Egyptian belly dancers perform in the street. Aromas of Colombian arroz con pollo and empanadas will intermingle with Peruvian ceviche, a fish dish cured in citrus, while the sound of Brazilian music fills the air. There will be Salsa, Bachata, Argentine Tango and other dance performances to be enjoyed and Buffalonian art vendors to keep an eye out for. Stick around for Dr. Jazz & the Jazz Bugs, Wendell Rivera’s Latin band and other musical performances throughout the day that will add a sonic layer to the atmosphere of inclusion that the festival organizers hope to achieve. The festival will run from 11am to 7pm. Food tickets will be on sale at sight for one dollar a piece.