News Release
 May 3, 2023
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets and the Taste of Buffalo are pleased to announce that, Kelynn Holenstein, a talented artist from North Tonawanda, N.Y. is the grand prize winner of the 2023 Taste of Buffalo Tops Poster Art contest.

Kelynn was the winner for artists in the 18+ year-old age group. Kelynn’s artwork will be featured on the festival poster and in the event’s marketing materials. In addition, Kelynn will receive a $1,000 prize. Samantha Nadeau, a resident of West Seneca, 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.

“Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who took the time to submit artwork celebrating the Taste of Buffalo’s 40th birthday,” said Elizabeth Mamot, 2023 Taste of Buffalo Chair. “Kelynn's artwork is festive, fun and flavorful, and I loved the use of the bright colors. Samantha's drawing reminded me of my favorite childhood book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!”

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.


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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