Peoria Area Community Events brings you the 36th Annual Taste of Peoria on Wednesday, August 9th 2017 at the Peoria Riverfront. The Taste of Peoria has a block party atmosphere where you can enjoy amazing music for all ages. Admission is $2.00 per person. Gates open at 4 PM.
Over 30 of the Peoria area local restaurants offer a taste of their specialty foods from all nationalities. This year we have food ranging from, Sea Bass Caties, Ceviche, Caprese Panini, Brats, Pork Chops, Pizza, Mac and Cheese, Lemongrass Chicken and of course the wonderful desserts among many other entries. Over 80 different food items are available. The restaurants are judged by booth design, appetizers, casual entrees, entrees, desserts and beverage. HOI Hospitality Assn. sponsors the awards.
There is a new layout of the Taste this year. In addition to the Fountain Area and Festival Park restaurants will be on both sides of the soccer field with plenty of seating in the middle. This will relieve congestion of the crowded lines crossing each other. There are 4 booths to purchase tokens.
The entertainment stage under the bridge features: 4:30 PM Todd Kelly Quintet; 6:30 PM Stone Cold Cowboys; and 9:00 PM UGT, United Groove Theory
New Restaurants this year:
We have 5 new restaurants in the Taste of Peoria this year: Alwan & Sons Meats – Avanti’s Ristorante – CxT Roasting Co – Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse – Table 19 at Hotel Pere Marquette. We also welcome back Kenny’s – Qdoba Mexican Eats – and Schnuck’s who took last year off.
PACE is providing free shuttle bus service throughout downtown Peoria (Look for the “Enjoy Peoria” Shuttle Bus) from 4 – 11PM. Starting at the Gateway Building to Jefferson, to Hamilton, to Washington, to State, to Water Street back to the Gateway Building.
No PETS and backpacks will be allowed. Purses will be subject to random screening.
All proceeds from the Taste of Peoria are used to repair and build new Santa Parade Floats and maintain the 2 warehouses where PACE houses the floats and event equipment.