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Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 10:52 PM

The 2010 Taste of Ann Arbor to feature 39 restaurants

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The Taste of Ann Arbor is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

ANN 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.

"This 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."

Participating 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 Cuisine.

"We 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."

There will 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.

"Our 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 awards."

In 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 and Fourth.

"It's 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."

All of the activities are free with the exception of the food tasting.

For more information on the Taste of Ann Arbor, visit www.mainstreetannarbor.org.

 

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A bird's eye view of the entertainment stage at the Taste of Ann Arbor.

 

 

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