The festival is using the Kale Yeah! competition to highlight the healthy fare available at the festival this year. Though there will be plenty of buffalo mac and cheese, s'mores cupcakes, and vanilla bean créme brulee, the festival is participating in The Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options program, which will require each vendor to offer at least one healthy option, marked by a heart on their website.
"This is the tenth anniversary of the Taste’s participation in Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options," said Jen Mitri, 2016 Taste of Buffalo chair. "Through this program, we were the first food festival in the nation to require all participating restaurants to offer a Healthy Option menu item, which is lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium."