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August 19, 2012

Taste of Kokomo brings in big crowds

More restaurants, better variety at this year’s event

After taking a lap around the Courthouse square, Robert Hawkins said he was ready to try some of the many treats offered at this year’s United Way’s Taste of Kokomo.

“I wanted to see what it’s all about,” Hawkins said near the event tent set on the north west side of the square.

“It’s a nice peaceful community gathering,” he said. “I made on lap around, now I’m ready to try something.”

Greg and Anita Ratcliff came to check out all the different restaurants at the event.

“They have a lot of different selections,” said Greg as he scanned the tents for something tasty. “We heard a lot of about it and decided to check it out. The advertisement for the event was a lot better this year.”

“I like having the events downtown rather than at the park,” Anita said.

Along with 35 area restaurants, the event featured some new not-so-well known restaurants and a few eating contests.

“This is good way to get local restaurants down here,” said Beth Rattray, of the United Way. “We’re trying to bring in those smaller places that couldn’t come here in the past because they run there own business and can’t afford to shut down to come down here.

“This is the second year for the event tent,” she continued. “It’s an opportunity to provide more entertainment.”

Some of the newer restaurants included Tokyo Cuisine, Gett’s Tacos, Plate Street Grill and pHresh! Interactive Juice Bar.

Smaller restaurants such as Ned’s Corner Pub and Artie’s Tenderloin also got their first taste of the Taste of Kokomo by entering the Tenderloin Throwdown.

“We came down to see Gypsy Revival,” said Joyce Clarkson, of one of the seven bands that performed throughout the night.

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