The West Side will once again be celebrating an eclectic mix of cultures and food during its annual Taste of Diversity festival on June 27.
Different cuisine offerings, dance, music and entertainment from Buffalo’s newest immigrants will part of the 13th annual festival. Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. on Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn avenues.
Co-chair Jen Silverman says that what simply started in 2003 as individuals “cooking out of their kitchens”, has since blossomed into a full celebration of diversity.
“It’s a celebration first and foremost. We’re excited to have such a diverse community and happy to showcase it,” Silverman said.
This year the event includes a dozen food vendors including Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine, Pure Peru and Taste of Puerto Rico. A main stage will include music, African and Bollywood dance while a second stage will offer yoga, Zumba and tango demonstrations.
Admission and entertainment is free to the public.
“The festival brings people out and in.” Silverman said. “Showcasing success, it’s useful with future neighborhood branding and identity.”
A full list of the entertainment, demonstrations and food vendors that will be participating can be found at tasteofdiversity.org. By Jeffrey Mayne