The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse 2018 Presented by TOPS to Feature Smash Mouth and a Warrior Weekend Celebration

Syracuse, NY – Central New York’s biggest food and music festival will be held on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2018 in and around Clinton Square from 11:00 am to 11:00 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.  Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated band Smash Mouth, will headline the festival on Saturday night on the Express Mart Main Stage.  A total of 34 bands will play over the course of the weekend.

Festival goers will have the chance to try delicious items from local eateries for only $1.  Several new restaurants and vendors have signed on and one fan favorite, Bonefish Grill, will be returning after their one year hiatus from the event.

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 1:30 pm.

(L to R): Carrie Wojtaszek, Galaxy Events; Kathy Allen, TOPS Friendly Markets; Christin Vincent, The Summit Federal Credit Union

The Taste of Syracuse will feature a “Warrior Weekend” theme.  The festival will pay honor to the various warrior’s from our community and collect donations for two charitable organizations, Vera House and Clear Path for Veterans.  The Summit, TOPS and other sponsors and vendors will be working with the festival to raise money for these great charities all weekend long.  All proceeds from the TOPS tent and prize wheel will be donated to the charities.  On Saturday, select restaurants and food vendors will offer two samples for $1 to those with a special wristband.  A limited number of these wristbands will be available at The Summit Federal Credit Union tent.  Wristbands can be obtained with a minimum donation of $5.  All wristband proceeds go directly to the charities.

“As a local credit union who is committed to supporting Syracuse, The Summit is thrilled to be back as the title sponsor of this community event,” said Cheryl Pohlman, Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations for The Summit Federal Credit Union.  “Please stop by our tent to spin the wheel for prizes. All money raised goes directly to Vera House and Clear Path for Veterans, two charities that make a big difference in Central New York.”

“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 Vera House and Clear Path for Veterans as we will be donating 100% of our proceeds to benefit these wonderful charities.”

“We’re excited to celebrate the 22nd 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 the Taste of Syracuse!  We’re also thrilled to be raising awareness and funds for both Vera House and Clear Path for Veterans.  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!”

About The Summit Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1941, The Summit Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, full-service financial cooperative. With approximately $800 million in assets, The Summit has over 230 employees and provides a full range of affordable financial products and services to approximately 84,000 active members in Central and Western New York. For more information, visit

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 169 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at