Saturday, May 30, 2009

Enjoy a “Taste of Ann Arbor” This Sunday

Downtown Ann Arbor will be hopping tomorrow, as the annual Taste of Ann Arbor draws food lovers, tourists, and hungry residents into the city streets. The outdoor festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Nearly thirty area restaurants and eateries will offer small tastes of their dining delights. Food tickets are fifty cents each, and can be purchased at the event.

This popular event is a great reason to head downtown- fit a workout in beforehand by riding or biking downtown from your Ann Arbor home or downtown Ann Arbor condo. There’s plenty of bike parking downtown, and it will save you from finding a parking spot for your car.

Taste of Ann Arbor is a melting pot of flavors from around the world- from fire crackle shrimp to watermelon soup to jumbo deep fried asparagus, you’re sure to find something (or 60 different somethings) to tempt your taste buds. This festival is a great way to sample foods from area restaurants without visiting each and every one. Stock up on tickets and enjoy a progressive meal from one end of Main Street to the other. You’ll find tastes from Greece, India, Cuba, Italy, the Middle East, and southern America.

Desserts will make a star appearance as well. Enjoy handmade chocolate treats from Schakolad, fried cheesecake from Tios, fried donut bread pudding from the Blue Tractor, and chocolate dipped strawberries from La Dolce Vita, among other sweet eats.

Live music will make the festivities feel like a party. The Main Stage at Main and Liberty will feature Tumbao Salsa from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., the Dave Sharp Quartet playing funk jazz from 1:25-2:55, and Chef Chis and the Rump Shakers (yes, you read that right) playing blues music from 3:30-5. The Williams Street Stage will feature big band music at 12, 2, and 4 p.m., and harmony by The Gel-Caps at 1 and 3 p.m. Kids can take a break from eating to be entertained at the Kid’s Area on Liberty Street from 11:30-4 p.m. with clowns, magic, animals and balloons.

Enjoy dining your way down Main Street at the Taste of Ann Arbor!

Image courtesy Flickr: keuynish

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