BUFFALO, N.Y. -- From its start in 1984, the Taste of Buffalo has grown into the largest two-day food festival in the United States.

But just how many people go to it? And how many restaurants are there for you to try?

This weekend marks the 34th annual Taste of Buffalo in Niagara Square and along Delaware Avenue, and it's easy to see why it's the country's largest two-day food festival.

More than 450-thousand people from WNY, Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania, and beyond will flood the streets of downtown Buffalo. And, it will take more than one-thousand volunteers at the not-for-profit Taste to make it happen.

More than 100 tents and booths will be home to 55 restaurants, or more, and six wineries this weekend.

And this year, 14 new food trucks and restaurants will be there.

It's free to get in, and each food item costs $2 to $5 dollars.

The Taste gives back to the community as well. It's raised more than $360,000 for local charities.

Plus, each year, five $1,000 scholarships are awarded to WNY high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality degree.

Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday. The streets around Niagara Square will stay closed until late Sunday night.