Village gearing up for 4-day ‘Taste’

After years of declining to participate, Nottoli and Son, known for its freshly made sausage, will have a booth at this year’s Taste of Elmwood Park.

Elmwood Park native George Nottoli, owner of the sausage shop and deli at 7652 W. Belmont Ave. across the street from Elmwood Park, said he was impressed with last year’s event and decided to participate.

“I like what they’ve been doing with it and all the local places there,” he said. “They approached me again and the time was right.”

Nottoli added more exposure about his business doesn’t hurt and being a part of this year’s Taste of Elmwood Park will help him get it. The event is to run Aug. 7-10, one day longer than the past. It will be open to the public Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

The event will take place around Central Park at the corner of 75th and Fullerton avenues, with the majority of food and craft vendor booths stationed along Fullerton Avenue. There will be 22 food vendors, 27 craft vendors and nine informational booths.

Village Manager Paul Volpe said the majority of food vendors are based in Elmwood Park.

“We try to stay local,” he said. “We’re lucky that they all wanted to participate.”

Live entertainment will be offered on two stages instead of the one they’ve had in the past. There will be bands performing country music, jazz ala Frank Sinatra, ‘90s rock and more. There also will be rides, games and other activities for children.

Jim Parenti, program director of the event, said there’s even a bingo tent.

Another location has been added to the event for beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano said he has had a lot of people asking him about the “Taste” and hopes the weather will be cooperative. He said he is ready to live up to the event’s name as well.

“Last year I sampled just about everything and I’m ready to do it again,” he said.

He said proceeds will go to next year’s event to help keep it free to the public.

“It’s our community and it’s a good way for the village to showcase these businesses,” he said. “It’s a great promotional tool for local restaurants.”

Nottoli said that’s what he hopes it will do for his business.

“I’m part of the community,” he said. “I grew up there. Still, we have to keep getting the word out, keep the community presence.”

Volpe said everyone he knows is looking forward to the “Taste.”

“Morale is high, everyone is excited about it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be that and so much more.”

For more information on Taste of Elmwood Park visit the village’s website at www.elmwoodpark.org.

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