Taste of Joliet
BY BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2013 2:36PM
Updated: August 2, 2013 6:55AM
Hundreds of people were taking advantage of three hours of free admission after Taste of Joliet opened at noon Friday.
“We decided to do this today,” said Joyce Selfridge of Joliet, who was making her first trip to the Taste since the 1980s. “It’s free admission. I said, ‘Let’s get our lunch there and walk around.’ It’s very nice. Everything is clean and well-organized.”
Plus she had a chance to try a stuffed burger from Just Toni’s for the first time.
“It’s good,” Selfridge said.
Barbara Brown of Joliet had her first slice of Jet’s Pizza. She liked it, and said there were a number of vendors whose food she was eager to try for the first time. But, “Deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies — I’d have to think long and hard about that one.”
There were deep-fried pickles, too. One Greek food tent had salad. But there were lots of high-calorie options, especially “The Heart Attack.” The paper plate stacked with homemade potato chips, cheese and bacon is probably the best seller at oudoor events for Genoa’s Italian, said employee DeJa Moore.
Nicki Wachs and her son Aaron of New Lenox had just bought a plate of it. Nicki said it was her first trip to Taste of Joliet.
“It’s cool,” she said.
Aaron enjoyed walking on the field turf and track at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium. His mom liked the atmosphere.
“Friends have told us it’s amazing. We thought we’d try it out,” Nicki said.
Jesus Sosa of Shorewood and his two grandchildren, Rachel and Jason, were the first ones in the gate when Taste opened.
“This is the first time (at Taste), and we’ve been here seven years,” Sosa said. “We didn’t have the little guys before.”
He and his wife were watching the grandkids and thought the Taste would make a nice outing.
Rita Pacenta of Joliet had the same idea when she brought grandson Jacob Tyderek over to the Taste after his class at the Inwood Athletic Center.
“We were just killing time,” Pacenta said. “He was able to play in the bounce house, got a free balloon, and we’ll be back tonight.”
Pacenta said she was looking forward to Friday night’s performances by the bands 7th Heaven and REO Speedwagon.