Taste of CantonCANTON, OHIO (May 9, 2011) Taste of Canton, a downtown food festival now in its third year, will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the Kresge Green in downtown Canton (near 301 Market Ave. N). This incredible spring festival, featuring local flavor and local fare, is brought to you by the Canton Development Partnership (a department of the Canton Regional Chamber) and The Repository. Stark County food enthusiasts will enjoy an expanded event at this year’s Taste of Canton, including more seating, a greater variety of restaurants and more entertainment. Best of all, it is all happening in the beautiful downtown Canton cityscape! Guests will get a true taste of Canton as more than 30 restaurants from Stark County, including Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro, Bender’s Tavern, The Brownstone Steakhouse, Thorpe’s Market Avenue Grill, Napoli’s Italian Eatery, Sheri’s Sweets, The New Peter Shears Downtown, Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Loby’s Bar & Grille, Bombay Sitar, Donatos Pizza, Bluebird Farm Winery, and many more, showcase their delicacies in the form of small sample plates, available for $2 to $6 each. Selections will include appetizers, entrees and desserts from a variety of cuisines. In addition to these delicious “tastes” of Canton, the event boasts fine wines and beers. The delectable local fare comes complete with local entertainment and other performers throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests can enjoy the local flavor along with local art by strolling the artist’s row. Many First Friday favorites will be on-hand throughout the day! Whether you are heading downtown for family-friendly fun, or looking for a night out, it’s going to be a don’t-miss downtown event! For more information about participating restaurants and other event details, visit All dishes and beverages may be purchased with Taste of Canton tickets, sold individually for $1 per ticket and redeemed at each vendor booth. Tickets can be purchased onsite the day of the event, or in advance until May 25 at all seven Fishers Foods locations, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce or online at Buy before the day of the event, and you’ll receive 30 tickets for just $25! Taste of Canton will be held rain or shine, and the entire Kresge Green will be tented for the occasion.

This year’s Taste of Canton event is made possible through our sponsors (to date): Fishers Foods, Gasser Fine Jewelers, Sugardale, Superior Dairy, Lipari Foods, Fifth-Third Bank, Canton Chair Rental, Superior Beverage and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District.