Region restaurants star at Taste of LaPorte

2013-08-14T00:00:00Z 2013-08-15T13:37:11Z Region restaurants star at Taste of LaPorteEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Food fans interested in taste testing some new dishes won't go wrong planning a trip to LaPorte this weekend.

The Taste of LaPorte descends on downtown LaPorte Saturday and promises a plethora of appetizing dishes. Festivities will be held at the Chamber Square, 803 Washington St.

"It's a great way to not only showcase a taste of our community with other communities but a good way to (showcase) our downtown area," said Tiffany Bley, downtown director for the City of LaPorte.

Bley said restaurants located in LaPorte's downtown as well as other eateries from outside the downtown area will star on the taste roster. The one-day event, she said, received positive feedback last year.

"This is our second annual event and last year we had about 1,000 people," she said. The idea for the tasting extravaganza was Bley's who said, "I've always enjoyed taste events in other communities."

Bringing some of their most popular dishes to the festival will be Spire Restaurant, featuring items with a farm to table theme; Albano's Villa, which specializes in pizza; Seven restaurant; Cookery Tried & True; B & J's American Cafe and others.

"It's a great way for people to come out and enjoy dinner and get to sample foods they may not have tried before," Bley said.

Live entertainment will also be featured at the event as well as a dunk tank. Proceeds from the dunk tank will benefit Stepping Stone Shelter, an area shelter for battered women. Also highlighted will be the American Red Cross' Corvette Raffle.

Attendees interested in enjoying the LaPorte County Blues Festival also happening on Saturday can take a shuttle from the Taste of LaPorte to the Blues Festival in Fox Park.

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