Folks looking for the best in local food and entertainment will find just that and more at the Taste of Clermont, coming to downtown Batavia Sept. 8-10. The Taste, to be held from 6 – 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday, and 12 – 6 p.m. Sunday, will feature returning restaurants as well as several new participants.
Returning to this year’s Taste of Clermont will be Miguel’s, the winner of the Best Appetizer award at the 2005 Taste for its pepperjack stuffed pretzels, and the Best Appetizer award in 2004 for its chicken quesadillas.
Many other favorite restaurants will be returning to the Taste of Clermont, including the Sizzling Wok, The Clermont Inn, D.R. Concessions, Grammas Pizza and Ice Cream Etc. Restaurants making a first appearance will include Clerco Cafe and the BBQ Cabin.
“I think the food is more diversified this year than last year,” Taste Co-Chairman Tony Thomas said. “We really tried hard not to have duplicate items.”
Thomas said that the success of the previous events has encouraged more local businesses to participate this year.
“A lot more people up and down Main Street are on board this year, which is great, because that’s really the purpose of the whole event,” he said.
Some of the businesses on Main Street which will be participating this year are Snappy’s Pizza, gold Miners, Quiznos, and the Moonlight Cafe.
There will be live music performed on two stages throughout the Taste.
There will be some very well-known acts performing on the Main Stage Friday and Saturday.
Those acts will include Leroy Ellington, the Goshorns, Baccanal, The Midnight Band, Dallas Moore Band, and Jeffrey Steele.
Steele is a top entertainer who has written songs for Faith hill, Tim McGraw and others.
The other venue at the Taste is the song writers tent at the 2nd Street Stage.
“We’ve enlarged the songwriter’s tent this year,” Thomas said. “This seemed to be a favorite attraction last year.”
Thomas said that the songwriters tent was popular because it was very homey and comfortable.
There will also be a number of local high school marching bands performing Sunday afternoon.
Taste Co-Chairman Barb Haglage said that tickets for a split-the-pot drawing will be sold throughout the event as a fund-raiser for the Village Association of Batavia’s Main Street Program. The Village Association sponsors the Taste.
“We will be having a nice prize give-away every hour during the event, and all of the tickets will go back into the pot for the big drawing,” Haglage said. The big cash drawing will be held Sunday.
Haglage said that this year’s Taste of Clermont has benefited from the assistance of a new volunteer committee, composed of people from within and outside of the village who wanted to contribute.
“We’ve had a really good response,” Haglage said. “I would think we have about 200-300 people – it’s really big.”
This year’s title sponsor of the Taste of Clermont is Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
“We’ll have quite a number of Harley’s throughout the event,” Thomas said. “They’re going to have a larger booth than last year, and several motorcycles set up by the stage.”
The younger set will find plenty to do in the KidZone, which will feature amusement rides, activity booths, and a petting zoo.
More information about the Taste of Clermont can be found at www.tasteofclermont.com.