The heat and the rain didn’t keep people from coming to Ellicottville to try samples from 19 of the area’s best restaurants and eateries. The 31st Annual Taste of Ellicottville had the streets of the village full all weekend.

From Caribbean Shrimp Lollipops to Thai Chicken, Guinness Mac and Cheese to pizza, even a guacamole corn on the cob, it was all available for the tasting. How could a festival goer go wrong with Grandma’s Baklava or homemade cookies? The panel of five judges had their hands full in picking winners.

On Saturday, judges Mark Ward, Ellicottville Central School Superintendent; Jana Eisneberg, Buffalo writer; Dave Elder, Buffalo musician and promoter; John Burrell, Mayor of Ellicottville; and Angela Christoforos, WIVB-TV multi-media journalist, took the tour of restaurants to try each and every item on the board to find the best of a few categories.

“Being a food judge at the Taste of Ellicottville was a fun job for the day, but certainly not an easy one!” Angela Christoforos said of the task at hand. “There was so much good food! I was impressed with the creativity and variety. I’ve always seen Ellicottville as a winter skiing destination but now it’s clear that this is a great place to visit (with a lot of good food) all year round!”

She wasn’t the only one that thought that way.

“There were so many top notch, diverse, and tasteful offerings by the restauranteurs this year it was hard to fathom,” Dave Elder said about having to find a winner. “I surely do love Ellicottville.”

On top of the judged winners, the critics that came in to try the food, the festival goers, all had the opportunity to vote.

Winners are:

Best of Ellicottville:

TIE Dina’s & Katy’s Café

Best Entrée:


Steak au Poivre over mashed potatoes

Best Dessert:

Wholesome Hideaway

Sweet and Spicy Cobbler

Best Drink:

Bike & Bean

Fruit Smoothie

People’s Choice awards go to Dina’s with

Katy’s and Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in a second place tie.