The Taste of UA Expands
Date: June 28, 2012
The Taste of U.A expands to include local music and local food.
The Taste of Upper Arlington is this summer’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of the Upper Arlington area dining community. The delicious array of food served at the Taste of UA is complemented by music and exciting activities for the whole family. For the past 19 years, Upper Arlington’s beautiful Northam Park has been the home to one of the area’s largest food festivals.
“From that whirlwind beginning in 1993, the Taste of UA has continued to grow, becoming the versatile and very successful event that it is today because of the contribution by many in the community. The Taste of UA celebrates a “local taste” and serves as the foundation for a year-round community effort to nurture and grow our local area businesses,” said Becky Hajost, UA Chamber president.
Brought to you by the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce (UAACC), the Taste of UA will be held on Thursday, August 9th from 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm come rain or shine. Festival attendees will be delighted by the tasty variety of food vendors participating in this year’s Taste of UA. Some of the returning food vendors include Dave’s Dogs and More, Schmidt’s of German Village, Giuseppe’s Italian Ice, City Barbecue, Leslie’s Creperie, The Wine Bistro, Mojo TaGo, Caffe DaVinci, and Great Harvest Bread Co. to name just a few.
The Taste also will host several new food vendors this year including Nicola Restaurant and Bar, The Oilerie Columbus, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs and many more.
While there will be new vendors and bands at this year’s Taste of UA, the festival will once again showcase specialty craft beers at the Bier Garden which is expanding in size this year, and a highlight of the festival is always the annual Taste of UA food contest in which all food vendors are invited to participate. Once again, the Buckeye Mobile Tour will bring the “Buckeye Experience” to the Taste by providing interactive games and inflatables that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
“The Chamber would not be able to put on such a fabulous event without our extraordinary Chef sponsors – Fifth Third Bank and Arlington Urgent Care. We are also grateful for our Silver Spoon sponsors – KeyBank, Tri-Village Magazine, Yard Solutions, Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone, and National Church Residences at First Community Village,” said Charlie Groezinger, Taste of UA Chair and owner of SGO Designer Glass.
Do You Want To Be A Food Judge?
New: We are excited to announce that one lucky person will be chosen to sit on the food judging panel. All you have to do is contact the Chamber and submit your name and contact information. Your name will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will be notified on Thursday, August 2nd. The competition winner will join a panel of celebrity food judges to taste and judge the food submitted by participating vendors in three judging categories: appetizer, entrée and dessert.
Although the UAACC has always had entertainment at the Taste of U.A., this will be the first year for what is shaping up to be a home-grown music festival. Acts will start as early as 3:30 pm on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the west end of Northam Park.
VMS/Vaughan Music Studios is the official music sponsor of the Taste of UA, and will manage the music production and programming during the event. VMS is a music instruction, performance and recording studio. Lessons are offered in guitar, bass, piano, voice, songwriting, performance focus, recording, and artist development.
"We are very excited to be a sponsor and to support local music. There's so much talent in the community, and we are happy to be able to provide a stage for one of the most enjoyable annual community events of Upper Arlington," says Owner, Cindy Vaughan.
VMS and the Chamber will be working together over the next few weeks to fill the remaining time slots. “We already have two-thirds of the festival filled with quality local musical acts…the music we have scheduled so far will range from the original post-grunge, Seattle sound of Central Planners to the classic rock covers and stage show of Good Company. And to cap off the event, attendees will get to enjoy Grassinine who put on one of central Ohio’s premier mountain rock shows,” said music coordinator, Doug Ryan.
Get ready for some great music and food. The musical acts currently scheduled are as follows:
3:30 – 5:00 TBD
5:00 – 6:00 Central Planners – www.centralplanners.com
6:00 – 7:00 Good Company – www.myspace.com/goodcompanyrock
7:15 – 8:30 Grassinine – www.grassinine.com
Admission to the Taste of UA is free for the entire family.