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Taste of Diversity a multi-cultural showcase

Photos courtesy of Taste of Diversity


Buffalo is situated at the happy confluence of two emerging phenomena; a fervent interest in excellent food and an influx of immigrants from around the world. The two will meet this weekend at the Taste of Diversity Festival, happening Saturday, June 28, 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. at Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn. 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. Check out up-to-date information on their Facebook page.


A sample of the multi-culti food offerings range from spicy to sweet and include Ethiopian cuisine from Abyssinia; Boualivone Serixay's papaya salad, pad Thai, and bubble tea; Jewel of India’s chicken makani, gulab jamun (a sweet milk dumpling), and the fried dough-esque jelebie; ceviche, tamales, stuffed potatoes, and empanadas from Pure Peru; regional American fare like the Flaming Fish Tent’s  fried Haddock and whiting fish, jambalaya rice, black eyed peas, and fried cabbage; various BBQ favorites;  humanely raised heritage pork with seasonal local vegetables and fruit from The Whole Hog; and much more.


Speaking of spicy, performances on the main stage begin at 11:00 am with the belly dance troupe Fleuron Rouge. Notable acts follow, including Dr. Jazz and the Jazz Bugs and Diaspora Drummers, and culminate at 5:30 with music by PULSE, the newest Bachata band in Buffalo.


You may want to wear something stretchy, not only to accommodate the massive amount of food on offer, but also so you can participate in myriad “driveway stage” performances and lessons. Watch and learn yoga, dance, and Tai Chi for kids and adults.


The Taste of Diversity Festival was founded by members of the West Side community whose mission is to promote inclusion and to enhance the quality of life for the residents of the West Side by highlighting the people and cultures that make up the community. It started as a grassroots gathering celebrating the diversity of neighbors and has grown into a Buffalo tradition. Admission is free. Food tickets will be available for purchase.



Wendy Guild Swearingen is a frequent contributor to Buffalo Spree.

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