The second annual Taste of East Aurora event is scheduled for September 14, 2013. This event will feature the 25 Greater East Aurora Restaurants and food vendors presenting tastings of their unique menu items.

East Aurora is a quaint village full of rustic charm, cobblestone roads, and unique shops. Steeped in history, everywhere you go the mark of great men can be seen. For example, Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the USA. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895 in the village of East Aurora. Participants were known as “Roycrofters”. The work and philosophy of the group, often referred to as the Roycroft movement, had a strong influence on the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century. This architecture is proudly displayed at the wildly popular Roycroft Inn and Restaurant.

Another great example is Seymour H. Knox. Seymour Horace Knox I was a Buffalo, New York businessman who made his fortune in five-and-dime stores, opening the first Buffalo store in Buffalo on October 13, 1888 at 409 Main Street. He merged his more than 100 stores with those of his first cousins, Frank Winfield Woolworth and Charles Woolworth, to form the F. W. Woolworth Company. He went on to hold prominent positions in the merged company as well as Marine Trust Co. He was the father of Seymour Knox II and grandfather of Seymour Knox III and Northrup Knox; co-founders of the Buffalo Sabres. Part of Seymour’s history and the legacy of the Knox family carried over into East Aurora, where the Knox Farm House was built in 1916. The summer home of Dorothy Knox and her husband Frank Goodyear, it along with 633 acres was sold to New York State, preserving the land and creating what we now know as Knox Farm Park.

If this isn’t enough to spark your interest, listed below are just some of the participating restaurants in this year’s festival:

Tuscany on Main, Firefly cupcakes, Pizza Del Aureo, American Grille, Taste, Rick’s on Main, The Towne Bistro; among many others. Plus the East Aurora Cooperative Market will have a booth set up with plenty of goodies and a chance to win prizes. The winner will receive a basket filled with a $25 gift certificate to the East Aurora Farmers’ Market, a handy tote bag, an attractive apron, and a copy of “Put ’em Up! Fruits: A Preserving Guide and Cookbook”.

Pizza Del Aureo will have tastings of their “Red Hot Chicken Pizza”, and the Village Sweet Shop and Kettle Corn Company will be offering truffles, peanut butter bacon cups and kettle corn.

If you’re not a fan of the food but a fan of scenery then this festival is still for you. Step into the late 19th, early 20th century at Viddler’s five and dime store, or pop over to Taste Restaurant for a hot cocoa and the sounds of Arty Shaw.

Fall is in full swing. Leaves are slowly changing colors, chimneys are being swept for winter preparation, boots and scarves are being pulled out of hibernation, and there is a brisk cool shift in the Western New York air. It’s a great time of year and a great weekend to check out something festive, and full of fall flavor!

If you’d like to know more about the Taste of East Aurora, click here.