News Release
 May 5, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets and the Taste of Buffalo are pleased to announce that Jill Pettigrew, a talented artist from Batavia, N.Y. is the grand prize winner of the 2021 Taste of Buffalo Tops Poster Art contest. Jill was the winner for artists in the 18+ year old age group. Jill’s artwork will be featured on the festival poster and in the event’s marketing materials. In addition, Jill will receive a $1,000 prize. Anna Valece Bauer, a seventeen-year old resident of Williamsville, N.Y. was the winner in the 13-17-year-old age group and will be presented with $500. The prizes are courtesy of Tops Friendly Markets and The Taste of Buffalo.

“As is always the case, we were incredibly impressed with the talent of Western New York’s many artists who sent in entries for our poster contest,” said Amber Hartman, 2021 Taste of Buffalo chair. “The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops looks forward to sharing this year’s winning poster inside all of our participating restaurants and on the cover of our digital festival guide, which will be available on”

This year’s festival taking place July 10-11, will be back as a live event and is planned to take place in Niagara Square and on a portion of Delaware Avenue. This year’s festival will be modified to comply with any COVID-19 restrictions that may still be in place in July.


About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 157 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 15,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit

About Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival. The 38th annual Taste will take place on July 10 and 11, 2021. The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Approximately $541,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities including three $1,000 scholarships awarded last year to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. For more information, visit, and find us @tasteofbuffalo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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