The Taste of Bloomington 2011 was a record breaker! It was a wonderful day with attendance at 12,000 (a 22% increase over last year), two music stages and over 50 local restaurants, catering companies and local beer and wine vendors.
One World Catering & Events had a great time spreading Kimchi pancake love and serving Cuban sandwiches to all. Our Watermelon Mint Cooler was a huge hit and we sold every last refreshing cup. We enjoyed serving Taste patrons and received a request (more than once) to “open our own restaurant” in which we politely steered them to our BIG SIS company Lennie’s!
The Herald Times stopped by for sampling and interviewed a mother/daughter duo. They gave us a great review! The ladies said they loved our food and commented on our South Beach decor and eco-friendly bamboo plates and bowls. Once the quotes made the paper we received great feedback in the online comments (thanks readers!). Our Mango Pineapple slaw was mentioned as being a great value and super fresh.
On the big day, 500 volunteers were onsite to coordinate the event. Last year I was on the planning commitee and can tell you from experience it is a massive undertaking. A big thanks to all everyone who particpated in the intense planning that made the Taste such a success this year.
One of my favorite moments was when Leo Cook set the Country stage on fire with the Clayton Anderson band. He played the washboard to “Wagon Wheel” and really WOWED the crowd.
We are already looking forward to next year’s event! It was so wonderful to see the beautiful booths and taste the great food that Bloomington has to offer.