Syracuse, NY – Central New York’s biggest food and music festival will be held on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 in and around Clinton Square from 11 am to 11 pm both days. Admission is free.
The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse is presented by TOPS Friendly Markets.
The Taste of Syracuse will have non-stop music for two days. Nationally known blues guitarist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, will headline the festival on Saturday night. A total of 33 bands will play over the course of the weekend.
The Taste of Syracuse will once again feature Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Syracuse will be a qualifying stop for this famous eating competition. Festival goers can watch this from the main stage on Saturday at 1:30pm. Taste of Syracuse Vendors List
The Taste of Syracuse will have two signature days this year. There will be an “I Love Orange” day on Friday and a “Pink Power” day on Saturday.
“I Love Orange” day is a collaboration between the event and County Executive Joanie Mahoney. The Taste of Syracuse will host a community celebration of Coach Jim Boeheim on Friday. Various activities will take place throughout the day of Friday and festival goers are encouraged to wear orange to show support of coach Boeheim. The Summit, TOPS, other sponsors and vendors will be working with the festival to raise money for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation on Friday.
On Saturday, with help from The Summit Federal Credit Union, the focus will be “Pink Power” to bring attention and support to breast cancer research. The day will start with the breast cancer survivor walk. Festival goers are encouraged to wear pink on Saturday. Select restaurants and food vendors will offer two samples for $1 to those with a pink wristband. A limited number of pink wristbands will be available at The Summit Federal Credit Union tent. Wristbands can be obtained with a minimum donation of $5 to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Other sponsors and vendors will also be running specials that will raise money for the local charity. Map and Food Items
“As a local credit union who is committed to supporting the people, businesses and institutions of Syracuse, The Summit is the perfect partner for this event,” said Cheryl Pohlman, vice president of Marketing and Community Relations for The Summit Federal Credit Union. “We are thrilled to be the title sponsor of this community event, and are excited to recognize and raise money for local charities that make a big difference in Central New York.” Downloadable Event Map Taste of Syracuse_Event Map
“We are very pleased to return as the presenting sponsor of the Taste of Syracuse,” said Kathleen Allen, senior manager of community relations for TOPS Friendly Markets. “As the neighborhood grocery store serving the Syracuse community, we truly feel this is the right place to showcase our products. We invite everyone to stop by our tent and help us support the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation on Friday and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund on Saturday as we will be donating 100% of our proceeds to benefit these wonderful charities.”
“We’re excited to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Taste of Syracuse,” said Galaxy Events General Manager Carrie Wojtaszek. “No matter what you’re looking for, musically or food wise, we truly can say we’ve got it at Taste of Syracuse! We’re also thrilled to be celebrating our amazing coach and recognizing two great charities at this year’s event. We’d like to thank The Summit Federal Credit Union and TOPS Friendly Markets for their support. With help from our sponsors, we’re able to showcase this amazing event to the CNY community!”