June 8-9, 2018
460 Oak Street
​Rochester, NY 14608
Friday:  5 pm - 10 pm 
Saturday:  11 am - 11 pm

The Details

Questions?  Want to join us?
Date, hours, location, cost:
Date:  June 8, 2018     5 pm - 10 pm
              June 9, 2018    11 am - 11 pm

Location:  Marina Auto Stadium
                       460 Oak Street
                       Rochester, NY 14608

Admission:  Adults-$5
                          Children 17 and under-FREE

What's going on?

Restaurants sampling and selling food, wineries sampling and selling bottles of wine, craft beers sampled and sold.  Music.  Free Kidz Zone.  

Frequently asked questions:

Q:  What is The Taste of Rochester?

A:  It is a food festival.  It features restaurants, food trucks and other food companies sampling food for $1 per sample and selling full platters
       It is a wine sampling event.  Sample wines all weekend long for $1 per sample.  On Saturday from 1 pm - 4 pm we'll have 10 more wineries join the fun.
       It is a craft beer sampling event.  All weekend long you can sample any of our 10 craft beers for $1 per sample and purchase 10 ounce servings for $4.  This takes place while supplies last.
Q:  Is this the event that used to take place on Main Street in downtown Rochester, NY?
A:   Yes.

Q:  How much is it to go?
A:  Adults are $5 and children 17 and under are free.

Q:  Why do I have to pay to get in to buy food?
A:   Charging adults $5 allows us to keep costs down.  The vendors bear the expense of a free festival (they pay high rates to be there).  With lower rates for food sellers we are getting a better mix of vendors.  This lower exhibitor rate is why we have a dozen food trucks and dozens of restaurants participating this year.  Secondly, we visited another "Taste of......" event in the summer of 2017.  A 12 ounce cup of beer was $7.  That same beer at our festival will cost $5 or $4 depending on what you choose.  

Q:  Are there any ticket deals?
A:   Yes.   A special 4-pack is now on sale on this website.  Wegmans has this ticket package as well:  buy 4 tickets for $15, a $5 savings.

Q:  Will there be music?
A:    Yes.  The lineup is under the "Tickets/Music" tab above.

Q.  Will tickets be available at the door?
A:  Yes.  And for the pre-show price of $5.

Q:  Are pets welcome?
A:  As we are on an artificial turf stadium we do not allow pets.

Q:  Can we bring chairs?
A:  Yes you can.

Q:  Are there things there for kids to do?
A:  Yes.  There is an onstacle course and a jumpy house that are free to enjoy.  We also have a vendor bringing in kids games for an additional fee.

Q:  Are there things for adults to do in addition to eating and drinking?
A:  Yes.  You can play Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Yard Scrabble, Giant Beer Pong and  Giant Checkers for free.  You don't have to eat and run.

Q:  What time does Thompson Square go on?
A:  They take the stage between 9:30 and 9:45 on Saturday night.

Q:  Do I need a separate ticket to see Thompson Square?
A:  No.  The music is included with your $5 entry ticket.

Q:  Anything else I should know?
​A:  Friday night we are hosting a "Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour" from 5 pm - 7 pm.  All teachers receive a free craft beer tasting ticket when they show the ticket takers their school credentials.

Q:  What does a VIP ticket to Thompson Square include:
​A:  You recieve a seat up close in the first 5 rows.

Q.  Can we leave and come back?
A:  Yes.  Please get a stamp from the personnel at the exit.

Q:  One last thing?
A:  As you approach the stadium please be sure to thank the officers of the Rochester Police Department posted out front for their service.  They will be watching out for us all weekend long so stop and say "thank you."