Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Taste Media Sheet
Tasty Time Was Had By All
A Taste of Olean 2018, presented by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., the Chamber’s 53 Corporate Sponsors, was again a success at the location new in 2016 – War Veterans Park. “The rain overnight did give us a few damp and muddy spots, but overall the event went off without a hitch,” stated Char Dwaileebe, GOACC Administrative Associate.
The Taste had 14 restaurants and beverage vendors, 11 participants in the Marketplace at the Taste; and the Art in the Park had 28 artists. A few of the food restaurants ran out of food by early 3 p.m. and a few had lines into the later afternoon. The early rains didn't dampen event goers.
The GOACC and its Taste of Olean Event Committee honored Randy Korkowicz, Sparky Granger and the late Alfred LaFredo, Sr., with the 2018 Taste of Olean Hospitality Wall of Fame Awards. The Hospitality Wall of Fame recognized individuals and/or businesses who have made a significant contribution and given exceptional service to the food service/ hospitality industry in the past and who may continue to do so.
This year, GOACC invited a panel of judges to partake in a blind taste test. The judges included Collin Edwards from The Mix 101.5/WMXO; Danni Lee from WPIG-FM, and Mayor William Aiello, city of Olean. The winners of the Taste of Olean this year include: Tasters’s Choice for Overall Best Taste — the Birthday Cake Flavored Baklava from AnnMarie’s Baklava; the Taster’s Choice for Best Appetizer —Fried Curds from Sinfully Delicious; the Taster’s Choice for Best Taste Main Entrée — Pooh Bear Pulled Pork from Woods at Bear Creek; and the Taster’s Choice for Best Dessert — Apple Pie Fries from Sinfully Delicious.
Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) held in conjunction with the Taste, was a juried fine arts show showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Dwaileebe added, “The initial concept for the Taste of Olean back in 1991 was for restaurants to give food samples of their favorites as well as a few new dishes that the restaurant wanted to introduce. The same concept is used today. Many taste goers haven’t ventured out to some of our new restaurants, so the Taste is ideal time to try those new places. Also, for our long steady restaurants, this is the time to introduce new dishes to get those customers back into your restaurant to try the full editions!”
The Chamber’s next two events are the new event, August 17th with strOLEAN and August 17-19 the 11th Annual Gus Macker Basketball tourney. For more information on the Chamber events, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email.
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