News Release
 February 21, 2023
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – The Taste of Buffalo, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, is inviting local artists (students and the general public alike) to capture its essence in art by entering in the 15th Annual poster art contest. This year’s festival, which celebrates its 40th birthday in 2023, is taking place July 8-9, in Niagara Square and on a portion of Delaware Avenue. We’re looking forward to hosting extraordinary chefs from Buffalo once again on the live culinary stage sponsored by Tops. Presale food ticket vouchers will also be available for purchase at Tops Markets locations beginning in June.

The Poster Art Contest, which kicks off March 1, 2023, invites individuals 13 years of age and older to submit their original works of art that best convey the feel and flavor of this summertime food festival. Artwork must include a fork and at least one image of food. Artwork must also include a 40th birthday element or theme. Entries will be accepted until April 14, 2023. Two cash prizes of $500 each will be awarded (one in each of two age categories – Children 13-17 years of age and Adult 18+ years of age).

One grand prize winner will then be selected from the two finalists. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $500 and their artwork will become the official 2023 Taste of Buffalo poster and may be used in some of the Taste’s other marketing materials. The entries will be judged and the winners will be announced on or about April 24, 2023. A complete list of rules and design guidelines can be found on the Tops website at and on

"Western New York is enriched by a thriving arts community and the Taste of Buffalo Poster Art Contest hopes to tap into the creativity of local artists to help celebrate our 40th birthday," said Elizabeth Mamot, 2023 Taste of Buffalo Chair. "We encourage any interested artists to submit their best work."


About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 149 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. 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 40th annual Taste will take place on July 8 and 9, 2023 along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. Named one of "10 food and wine festivals you can feel good about attending," by USA Today, the Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. More than $573,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities in addition to scholarships awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality- related degree. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook and Instagram.


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