'Taste' was a feast for all the senses


by Donna Schillaci


The smell of cinnamon almonds and steak on the grill... the sound of a dynamic band and kids having fun... the feel of the hot sun and cold beer going down... the sight of thousands of area residents reveling in Hackley Park... and best of all, the delicious taste of savory foods created by some of Muskegon’s finest eateries.

The twelfth annual “Taste of Muskegon” delivered it all last weekend to thousands of festive and hungry people. With a record 33 vendors, this year’s event was presented by Cole’s Bakery, celebrating its 75th anniversary, and was put on by the City of Muskegon for the first time.

In addition to specialty foods from Ghanaian red red and jollof rice to a Mexican goulash cone, “Taste” offered a line-up of popular entertainment including The Accidentals, a nationally recognized band from Traverse City, during Friday night’s Party in the Park. Saturday featured special events for kids with a safety vehicle display, a luge track ride from the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, a petting zoo, bounce houses and face painting. For the first time, a tequila tasting booth and craft beer competition were also part of the festivities.

“Taste of Muskegon” isn’t just a feast for the community, but also a competition for the vendors who participate, with both people’s choice and juried awards. Rad Dads’ Taco and Tequila Bar was the big winner, taking first place in people’s choice, best restaurant, best appetizer (bulgogi masa fries) and best dish overall (BLT tacos). Rad Dads has recently said online that its grand opening will be this coming Friday, June 22.

Hamburger Mikey won the people’s choice for best booth and was second overall in voting. Awards for best seasonal beer and best IPA went to Unruly Brewing and Grand Armory Brewing, respectively.



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