Taste of Ellicottville This Saturday and Sunday

By Eva Potter

It’s finally here — this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16–17, the annual Taste of Ellicottville will light up your taste buds like never before. Local eateries will be serving up tasting-size portions of delectable dishes to an eager crowd of foodies — you know who you are!

The Taste of Ellicottville, one of the most popular events of the season, attracts visitors and locals from around the region as well as Canada.

What better way to explore the offerings of Ellicottville’s fine restaurants than by sampling a little bit of everything café style along the village’s historic streets?

From noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, you can savor new flavors or indulge in old favorites all along the sidewalks of Washington and Monroe streets, where establishments will set up tables and tents to create a festive, carnival-like atmosphere.

This year’s “Who’s Who,” as listed on the menu: Katy’s Café, Katy’s Catering, the Gin Mill, The Birdwalk, The Barn, Ellicottville Cheese Company, Tim & Bonnie’s Pizza, Centerplate at Holiday Valley, Bike ‘N Bean, Tips Up Café, Madigan’s, Balloons, The Country Store, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Riley’s, Watson’s Candy, Dina’s at the Mont and Dina’s restaurant.

Take a leisurely walk up and down Washington and Monroe streets to hit them all, or follow your nose toward an irresistible aroma no doubt leading to a delectable appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert prepared by Ellicottville’s talented chefs. Then, make it a point to come back for the complete dining experience.

With goodies like Southern Sweet Potato Soup, Blue and Golden Cheese Plate, Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya, Shrimp Pernod, Carmel Vanilla Bread Pudding, Grandma’s Baklava, Real Fruit Smoothies and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, there’s a flavor to tickle just about any taste bud. You just might want to bring a doggie bag to take some of your favorites home.

Tickets cost $1 each and are available at three conveniently spaced locations throughout the village — one across from the 1887 Building, and two at the intersection of Washington and Monroe streets. Samples cost 1-4 tickets each. Please note that alcoholic beverages are not permitted outside or in other public areas.

And don’t worry about sticky fingers holding you back from some fabulous shopping. Hand washing stations will be set up on Monroe Street (toward Elizabeth Street), in front of Mud, Sweat ‘N Gears at the blinking traffic light, and across from the Ellicottville Brewing Company. For on-the-go convenience, Porta-Johns will be set up on both ends of Monroe Street.

The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce organizes and runs the event, and according to its Executive Director Brian McFadden, last year brought the second largest turnout in the event’s history. This year, Sysco, a food service supplier to area restaurants, is back as presenting sponsor for the 29th annual Taste of Ellicottville.

Salivating  yet? Then carve out a few hours to taste your way to nirvana.

For a full menu listing and map, see below in this week’s Ellicottville Times, or visit the chamber’s website at www.ellicottvilleny.com.