Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 10:52 PM
2010 Taste of Ann Arbor to feature 39 restaurants
Taste of Ann Arbor is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m.
ARBOR, Mich. -- The
Comerica Cityfest was canceled this year and is being turned into
a weekly concert series so head west and check out the Taste of
Ann Arbor. It is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. in downtown Ann Arbor. The Main Street Area Association, a
local non-profit organization, is hosting the event. Food tickets
will be sold for 50 cents each and most items will cost between
50 cents and $4 for a taste. The Taste of Ann Arbor is free to attend
and open to the public.
year's Taste of Ann Arbor is actually our biggest taste ever,"
said Maura Thomson, executive director of the Main Street Area Association.
"It's been [going on] well over 20 years. Taste of Ann Arbor
morphed from another event that predates the event, it was an ethnic
festival. It's been a community event for quite a while."
restaurants include Arbor Brewing Company, BD’s Mongolian
Barbecue, Palio, Schakolad, Mighty Good Coffee, The Earle, Grizzly
Peak, Cafe Felix, Vinology, Jolly Pumpkin, Marnee Thai, Jamaican
Jerk Pit, Jimma’s BBQ, Blue Tractor, Busch’s, Cafe Habana,
Cafe Japon, Melange, Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish
Pub, Gratzi, Real Seafood Company, La Dolce Vita, Carson’s
American Bistro, Sabor Latino, Miki Japanese Restaurant, Black Pearl,
Blue Nile, Cupcake Station, Shalimar, Parthenon, The Melting Pot,
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Carlyle, Mediterrano, Eastern
Flame, J & I Concessions, Buffalo Wild Wings and Mahek Indian
have every ethnicity represented that you can possibly think of,"
Thomson added. "We have a great representation of our downtown
restaurants. Four blocks of our downtown are barricaded. Two of
our blocks on Main Street between William and Washington will be
lined with canopies with the restaurants in those canopies. Basically,
you can just walk down the middle of the street and literally go
from place to place to place."
be free entertainment provided by Dragon Wagon (11:30 a.m.), Abigail
Stauffer (12:15 p.m.), Wolfie Complex (1:00 p.m.), Theo Katzman
(2:35 p.m.) and Laith Al-Saadi (3:50 p.m.). The Taste of Ann Arbor
Awards Presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. on the main stage.
local Bank of Ann Arbor is sponsoring our entertainment this year,"
the executive director said. "From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., we have
five acts. At 2 o'clock we have our awards. We have local people
who do our judging including our mayor. We have awards for best
appetizer, best entree, dessert, best food and a few other choice
addition, there will be crafts, hula hoops and sidewalk art. The
Ann Arbor District Library will be signing up kids for the Make
it Happen Summer Reading Program on Liberty Street between Main
just a great local event," Thomson said. "I encourage
people who don't know downtown Ann Arbor that well. It's a great
opportunity to come down and check out some of the restaurants that
we have here. It's a great way to spend a Sunday."
of the activities are free with the exception of the food tasting.
more information on the Taste of Ann Arbor, visit www.mainstreetannarbor.org.
bird's eye view of the entertainment stage at the Taste of Ann Arbor.