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Thousands Gather for Annual Taste of Galesburg

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 280

7-24-14 Taste of GalesburgEast Simmons Street in Galesburg looked a little busier than usual Thursday.

That’s because of the 28th annual Taste of Galesburg event that saw restaurants and live music in one place.  This year, 24 vendors participated; that figure is up from last year’s number of 18.

Area residents looking to participate could purchase tokens that are used at the various vendors.

Event organizer Bill Morris tells WGIL the turnout this year was pretty nice.

“It’s a great community event,” Morris said.  “It’s a way for restaurants to showcase what they have to area residents, and those that might be visiting our community as well.

Travis Peterson is a Galesburg resident. He says he and his wife come for one specific reason.

“We’re both foodies,” Peterson said, “so it’s a great change to sample and try all the different wares of the restaurants.”

Kevin Kniker is a Galesburg resident. He says he had already planned just what he was going to try.

“I just thought we’d come out, enjoy anything new at places we haven’t been before,” Kniker said.  “So, we thought we’d try them.”

Some of those in attendance say the atmosphere keeps them coming back.

Volunteers work to put on Taste of Galesburg after meeting about once a month throughout the previous year.

Live music and local bars also were among those in attendance.  Area personalities judge what the best foods were from this year’s event.  For a complete list, CLICK HERE.