“Taste it and you will get a desire for it.”
The Taste of Greater Danbury, attracting upwards of 20,000 people over two days, is one of CityCenter Danbury’s highly anticipated annual events, and why not? It offers a world map of cuisines and music, and it provides an affordable family outing that provides for every taste. The 2013 Taste of Greater Danbury is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 from noon to 10pm and Sunday, September 15 from noon to 7pm on the CityCenter Danbury Green on Ives Street.
With the support of title sponsor Union Savings Bank; Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith; Danbury Cultural Commission; The Danbury Parking Authority; BRT Realty; Savings Bank of Danbury; Non Profit Rental Housing Corporation; Urgent Care of Connecticut; and Fairfield County Bank; more than 80 food, community organization, and business booths will be complemented by a menu of musical entertainments, cooking demos, and kids activities.
A diversity of state, regional, and international cuisines awaits: Italian; Indian; Middle Eastern; Jamaican; Thai; BBQ; South American; American. Top your tastings off with ice cream, Italian ice, and dessert. Newcomers to the Taste of Danbury include Green Brook Sugar House, Mimi’s Meatballs, The Pretzel Princess, Olive Oil Factory, and Tom Reid Rippin’ Hot Sauce.
On the Bandshell Main Stage:
Saturday, September 14
12 to 1pm: Opening Ceremony -Welcome-Bantam Band
1 to 1:45pm: Marc Huberman & Deborah Gillespie
2 to 4pm: Back to the Garden 1969
4:15pm to 5:15pm: Easy Street wth Ethan James
5:30pm to 7pm: Pete Herger
8 to 10pm: Edwin McCain
Long time touring friends with Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain has been recording music since 1991, winning fans with such signature songs as “I’ll Be” and “3 a.m.” His latest–and tenth album–Mercy Bound, is a first full-album collaboration with Maia Sharp. This pop-rock troubadour has morphed into a road warrior playing throughout North America most of each year. (McCain will also appear on the Bandshell Main Stage on Sunday, September 15 from 2 to 3pm.)
Sunday, September 15
12:30pm to 1:30pm: The Traveling Danburys
2pm to 3:30pm: Edwin McCain
5:pm to 7pm: Philly LoPresti and the Clark Eno Big Band
THE COOKING DEMOS:
On the Fairfield County Bank Ives Street Stage:
Saturday, September 14
2 to 5pm: An afternoon block party with guest chef and food bloggers cooking up awesome dishes, fantastic “penny” beer tastings by Saranac brewery, and food challenges. Pro Player Insiders will be on hand with great giveaways, a fun “touchdown dance competition” will be held, and surprise current and former pro athletes will be in attendance. Williams Sonoma of Danbury will also be on hand helping out. Your host, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and featured on Food Network, ABC’s The Taste and Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube is Chef Plum from Plum Luv Foods, who will be joined by Sarah Caron, Alicia Ghio, Chef Jeanette Chen, and Melissa Mahler. Presented by Fairfield County Bank, Plum Luv Foods, and Pro Player Insiders.
THE KIDS ACTIVITIES
Balloon Bouncers, Sand Art, and the return of Curious Creatures with their host of alligators, turtles, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, and geckos are sure to occupy the kids while Mom and Dad share Thai spring rolls, shish kabobs, cannoli, or fajita wraps.
Parking is readily available at the Patriot Garage (behind the Bandshell), the Bardo Garage (off Main Street on Library Place), and throughout CityCenter. For more information, call CityCenter Danbury at (203)792-1711 or visit citycenterdanbury.com.