Best Festival (Non-local)

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Best Festival (Non-local) nwitimes.com
May 19, 2013 12:00 am

Taste of Chicago

July 10 to 14, 2013

Grant Park

Chicago, Ill.

Tasteofchicago.us

Attracting more than one million visitors last year, the Taste of Chicago remains a hit. The free food festival underwent a makeover in 2012. It was shortened to five days and no longer coincides with the Fourth of July.

Pop-Ups, booths that feature new restaurants each day, were added and were so popular that the feature will expand this year. These changes improved the event and made it more user friendly, Mary Slowik, Taste of Chicago manager, said.

The Taste is the only place where you can enjoy food from all the areas of Chicago in one location, Slowik said. Attendees can try different types of ethnic cuisine, cutting edge restaurants and the tried and true icons.

In addition to great eats, the festival offers distinguished musical entertainment like the band fun., which headlines this year.

“We are still in the planning stages of the event but we will have plenty of new restaurants and performers and attractions for people to enjoy,” Slowik said.

SECOND PLACE

Marshall County National Blueberry Festival

Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2013

Plymouth, Ind.

blueberryfestival.org

THIRD PLACE

Frankfort Fall Festival

Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2013

Frankfort, Ill.

frankfortfallfestival.info

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