CANTON, OH (April 13, 2009) - The City of Canton is excited to announce a new downtown festival coming to our community this spring. The first annual Taste of Canton will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m.Taste of Canton to 9:30 p.m. on the Kresge Lot in downtown Canton. This incredible spring festival, featuring local flavor and local fare, is brought to you by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Repository.


"We are excited to launch what is sure to be an incredible new event in downtown Canton," said Mayor William Healy. "Our local restaurants are second to none, and I can think of no better place to showcase their talents than in the heart of our city."  

Stark County food enthusiasts will join together in the beautiful Canton cityscape to enjoy the tastes of the area's restaurants and other food vendors, while enjoying quality time with friends and family. Guests will get a true taste of Canton as more than 20 restaurants from Stark County will showcase their delicacies in the form of small sample plates, available for $2 to $5 per plate, the perfect price to sample an assortment of dishes! 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 from Leo A. Dick & Sons and beers from Anheuser-Busch.


"Fishers Foods is pleased to partner with The Repository and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to make the first Taste of Canton a huge success," said Jeff Fisher, president of Fishers Foods. "This event will bring thousands of people to the downtown Canton area and will help all of the businesses in a tough economic climate!"


The delectable local fare comes complete with local entertainment. The U2 Incident will perform your rock favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jeff Poulos Blues Revue will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., along with other performers throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests can enjoy the local flavor along with local art by strolling the artist's row on Court Avenue and many of your First Friday favorites will be on-hand throughout the day.


Taste of Canton is sure to join the ranks of other popular Canton favorites like Canton Blues Fest and Vintage Canton - whether your heading downtown for family-friendly fun, or looking for a night out, it's going to be a don't-miss downtown event!


All dishes will 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 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 $25! Beverages can be purchased separately with cash. Taste of Canton will be held rain or shine, and the entire Kresge Lot will be tented for the occasion.


"The Repository is proud to partner with the Chamber in presenting this inaugural event to the city of Canton and the entire Stark County community," said Kevin Kampman, publisher of The Repository. "Taste of Canton will have something for everyone and is an ideal way to experience all types of cuisine available to us in our community."


The first annual Taste of Canton event is made possible through generous donations by: Fishers Foods, Leo A. Dick & Sons, Lipari Foods, Nash Brothers Trading Company, Park Farms, Sugardale Foods, Superior Dairy, Thumans, Canton Chair Rental and Anheuser-Busch Company.