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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Taste of Bloomington Set to Bring Local Flavor and Music

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Media Contact:
Talisha Coppock, tcoppock@downtownbloomington.com

  Taste of Bloomington Set to Bring Local Flavor and Music

Bloomington, IN- The 2012 Taste of Bloomington will once again be bringing local restaurants together for a festival of flavor.  Last year, the Taste expanded its site at Bloomington's Showers Common, providing more restaurants and music to enjoy.  The Taste takes place on Saturday, June 23rd from 3pm-11pm. 

With the expanded site the Taste can accommodate around 45 restaurants, representing a wide variety of cuisine types.  Patrons can purchase items directly from food vendors, with most items costing $3 or less.  Also available for purchase is a variety of beer and wine, including locally produced selections from Butler Winery, Oliver Winery, Bloomington Brewing Company and Upland Brewing Company. 

"Bloomington has so many amazing restaurants, with such diversity, and this event allows you to try them out.  We're becoming a culinary destination, with the huge restaurant scene and the award winning wineries and breweries, so the Taste is a perfect time for visitors and locals to explore," says Julie Warren, Director of Tourism with Visit Bloomington.

The music will also have a local focus, with both stages showcasing local and regional act.  The main stage will feature a range of acts including the ‘60's rock and Motown band The Vallures, the bluegrass band New Old Calvary and the funk band Main Squeeze.  The country stage will feature the ever-popular Ragin' Texans and emerging group the Clayton Anderson Band.  In addition to all-day musical acts, there will also be children's activities provided by WonderLab Museum plus a competitive race to see which restaurant has the quickest and most nimble servers. 

That Saturday also features the famed Bloomington Farmers' Market and the Arts Fair on the Square which showcases work from over 60 artisans from around the region and country.  The Arts Fair takes place on the Courthouse lawn from 10am-6pm and there is no admission charge.  With the Market, Arts Fair and Taste all taking place in one day, there's no better place to be than downtown Bloomington.  For visitors traveling in from out of town, special rates are available at participating hotels.

Tickets are $6 per person and children under 12 are free.  A portion of net proceeds go to local non-profit organizations.

For more information, go to www.tasteofbloomington.com

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