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Taste of Canton – May 21 & 22, 2014

Taste of Canton – May 21 & 22, 2014

Taste of Canton 2014

**Contest is now CLOSED**

Things only get better with age, right? The Taste of Canton, a two-day food festival in downtown Canton, is no exception. Now in its 6th year, Taste of Canton has more restaurants and specialty vendors than ever, plus locally-loved entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere.

Nothing makes me as immeasurably happy as food and drink in the sunshine, and I’m sure the same goes for you. This is the kickoff to our beloved season of warm-weather festivals. And if the forecast holds, we’re looking at two days of absolutely perfect weather.

To make this kickoff even sweeter, I have $15 to give someone for the Taste of Canton. More on that in a bit.

What you can expect at ‘Taste’ is a range of options from farm-to-table cuisine (Lucca) to ethnic treats (Kabab & Curry), from homemade ice cream (Almost Heaven) to decadent donuts (Peace, Love & Little Donuts). Regardless of culinary expertise or foodie-prowess, there is a vendor (….or four) that is sure to be a perfect match for you palate.

Participating restaurants include 91 Restaurant Group (Table Six, 91 and 3 Brothers), Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Baja Pizzafish, Benders Tavern, Bombshell Cupcakes, The Canton Club, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, Chocolates by Erin, Danny Boys Pizza, Deli Ohio, Harry London Gourmet Chocolates, George’s Lounge, Kabab & Curry, Loby’s Bar & Grille, Lucca, Mack’s Custard, Nom Nom Popcorn Company, Old Carolina Barbecue Company, Papa Gyros, Peace Love & Little Donuts, St. Haralambos, Tapas 218 and Two Fat Guys BBQ.

Each dish will be between $2-$6; the idea being to try several vendors during a lunch or dinner. For smaller appetites, 2-3 ‘tastes’ are perfect; those with larger appetites can fill themselves with 3-5 dishes. An idea of cost/portion: you’ll walk away with an appetizer portion of scallops or crab cakes for $5-6, sandwiches and sliders for $3-4, breadsticks & marinara for $2, and cannoli for $2 – all of which are a phenomenal deal.

Those who love an adventure, or aren’t accustom to trying items “outside of the box,” this is PER-fect. With small portions at small prices, there isn’t a commitment to a full meal unless you want it. Never tried arancini (deep fried balls of risotto)? Visit Lucca’s booth and give it a try. Not sure if you like fish tacos? Try just one at Loby’s table.

DEAL ALERT: Buy 30 tickets for the price of $25 at any Fishers Foods location or The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce until May 19th. Can’t buy beforehand? Tickets can also be purchased at the event, dollar for dollar.

I shutter to say it, but if you’re not “into food,” don’t worry, Taste of Canton will have a craft beer garden with five unique brews, whisky cocktails from Cleveland Whiskey, and wine. So — drink and be merry.

Live music will ultimately marry the delish food and libations. DJs during the day for the lunch crowd and the evening shows will be fantastic. The Bearded Lady with Elec Simon and Saxy Rob is up at 6pm on Wednesday, and Yankee Bravo performs at 6pm on Thursday. A caricature artist and kids’ area will keep the little ones entertained, as will a live “street art” demonstration by local artist David McDowell.

Taste of Canton starts at 11AM (hello, lunch crowd) and runs until 9PM on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rain? No problem. This year the majority of the event has been moved to Market Street (think Vintage Canton) and is covered. Plenty of seating will be provided (new this year), and you’ll have to option to eat and walk, sit communal style at a picnic table or stand at a high top.

We kind of want to show off our downtown area, so don’t feel shy if you’re outside of the 330 area code. Just plug in 301 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44702, to find the event.

Getting outside to enjoy the fresh air + live music + edibles keeps most of us kicking throughout the colder months. Lucky for you – you have a chance to enjoy all of these things for… well, FREE, if you enter our contest:

Entry Rules | There are four ways to enter and win!

Enter daily, but make sure to come back and leave a comment for each entry. Contest deadline is May 19th.  We will contact the lucky winner by email and also announce on Twitter.

1. Leave a comment telling me what vendor or food you’re most looking to try.

2. Tweet about the event and link to my post:  I want to win funny money for the Taste of Canton from @amusedinohio! #canton

3. ‘Like’ the Taste of Canton on Facebook.

4. Share that you would like to win funny money with your friends on Facebook, and tag the Taste of Canton.

**Please leave a separate comment for each entry**

Disclosure: I was given $15 in Taste of Canton tickets for myself and $15 to give away to one of my fabulous readers. All the words here are my own.

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  1. Thanks to everyone for playing! **CONGRATS to our winner, Rose Geib, selected via a random number generator,** Hope to see everyone on Wed & Thurs!

  2. and I facebooked :)

  3. Liked Taste of Canton :)

  4. I want to try Lucca!

  5. Peace love and little donuts!!!

  6. Liked them on FB

  7. I want to try some Tapas 218 grub!

  8. So many choices! I can’t wait to sample the food from Lucca.

  9. So many choices! I especially can’t wait to try the risotto balls from Lucca…

    • This is their first time doing Taste of Canton, and the menu looks amazing. :)

  10. Even though I’ve eaten there many times, I probably can’t stay away from Old Carolina! Love that place.

  11. Liked Taste of Canton on Facebook

  12. I tweeted!

  13. I’m excited to try out Kabab & Curry and sample some of my favorites from George’s Lounge. Also looking forward to Yankee Bravo on Thursday!

  14. Tagged Taste of Canton to win funny money :)

  15. Can’t wait to try Mack’s Custard. I work downtown and look forward to this event every year.

  16. Liked on FB

  17. I am really eager to try food from Tapas 218 and Kabab and Curry! Great list of the participants- sounds delicious! Really enjoyed the blog- look forward to reading more!

  18. I can’t wait to try Empanadas from Tapas 218!!!

    • We were able to ‘taste test’ them a few weeks ago. Yum!

  19. I’ve never gone before but I love some of the vendors you mentioned and have been wanting to try most of the rest!

  20. I can’t wait to try Peace, Love & Little Donuts – I am going to have to research where they are located as well!

  21. I haven’t tried loby’s fish tacos yet!! I would love to :)

  22. I have tried almost all of the restaurants listed except Tapas 218! I really want to try it!

  23. Taste of Canton is where I discovered my deep love of all things Baja Pizzafish! You haven’t steered me wrong yet (think Retro Ward, Gasoline Alley) would love some free tickets! I can’t wait to try PLLD as well as NOM, NOM Popcorn Company!

  24. Your words, my tweet.

  25. Pick one vendor? Too tough. I would like to try them ALL but my known fav is Peace, love and lil donuts

    • I’m in the same boat Christina… and PLLD, I died and went to heaven after trying their coconut donut :)

      Thanks for entering, we’ll announce the winner on the 19th!

  26. Taste of canton “liked”

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