Fifty-five or so restaurants and food trucks will be lining up to serve the hungry hordes when Taste of Buffalo, said to be the largest two-day food festival in the United States, kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday.

New restaurants for the event's 29th year are the Buffalo Tap Room, Cabaret, Dehli Chaat, DiBella's, Francesca's, Friar's Table, Iris, Mr. Bones, Manhattan's, Original SoupMan and Romanello's.

Not changed: All food items cost from $1 to $4, purchased with 50-cent tickets. Each place offers $2 portions of a signature item. Buy tickets at the event or purchase $10 vouchers at Tops Markets, a major event sponsor. Organizer Connie Nitkowski said it's faster to exchange vouchers for tickets than to stand in the cash ticket lines.

Entertainment includes music by LeeRon Zydeco, Boys of Summer, Hit N Run and Joyryde & the Hit Man Horns, as well as the Culinary Stage, where cooking competitions are staged in a 150-seat tent in the New Era Cap parking lot.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. For more information, visit

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau