Annual Taste of Peoria to be held August 8 on the Peoria Riverfront

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Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 10:46 am

Peoria Area Community Events brings you the 37th Annual Taste of Peoria on Wednesday, August 8 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 per person. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Over 27 of the Peoria area local restaurants offer a taste of their specialty foods from all nationalities. This year there will be food ranging from bacon wrapped shrimp, brats, pork chops, pizza, mac and cheese, chicken teriyaki and of course the wonderful desserts and beverages among many other entries. Over 70 different food items are available. The restaurants are judged by booth design, appetizers, casual entrees, entrees, desserts and beverages. HOI Hospitality Association sponsors the awards.

The new layout last year relieved a lot of the congestion. The event takes place in the Festival Park area and on both sides of the soccer field, with plenty of seating in the middle. There are four booths to purchase tokens.

The entertainment stage under the bridge will feature the Todd Kelly Quintet at 4:30 p.m., Stone Cold Cowboys at 6:30 p.m. and Jammsammich at 9 p.m.

New restaurants participating this year include Panera Bread and Sugarcane Shack.

PACE is providing a free shuttle bus service throughout downtown Peoria. Look for the “Enjoy Peoria” Shuttle Bus from 4–11 p.m. beginning at the Gateway Building at Water Street, up Hamilton and turning left on Jefferson. The shuttle will pull into the Civic Center drop off drive in front of the Arena entrance on Jefferson before proceeding down Jefferson and turning left on Harrison to Water Street, picking up on each corner and proceeding back to the Gateway Building.

No pets or 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 two warehouses where PACE houses the floats and event equipment.

To learn more about the Taste of Peoria, visit and click on “Taste of Peoria” or call 309.681.0696.

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