Village Presents Ninth Annual TASTE OF ORLAND PARK

Village Presents Ninth Annual TASTE OF ORLAND PARK
Posted on 07/26/2012

August in Orland Park means the Taste of Orland Park. The ninth annual event will showcase 18 of Orland Park's favorite eateries, selling a variety of food and drinks. The Village of Orland Park's three day food fest opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 3 and closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 5. Admission and parking are free.

"The Village of Orland Park has a great weekend in store for everyone," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We have 18 great restaurants, exceptional entertainment on two stages, community wide participation and something for every age group," the mayor said.

The Taste of Orland Park features a rich tapestry of culinary delights ranging from American classics to a variety of ethnic fare. Participating Orland Park restaurants include Baby's Steak and Lemonade; Beggar's Pizza; Blissful Banana Café; Burrito Jalisco; Café Gaston; Cooper's Hawk Winery; Culver's; El Pueblito; Hienie's McCarthy's; Mo's Chinese Kitchen; Oberweis Dairy; Old Town Pizza; Orland Park Bakery; Palermo's; Papa Joe's; Riviera Country Club; RoccoVino's and Rock Bottom Brewery.

Participating restaurants must be located within the Village of Orland Park and each "taste" is no more than $4 a dish. Select restaurants will serve alcohol, including beer, wine and a number of specialty drinks. All food vendors will sell pop and water.

"The village started the Taste of Orland Park in 2004 as a way to showcase the great restaurants we have in town," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "The village staff works on this event for months, lining up the restaurants, community groups, the entertainment and making sure that we put on a great event for the community. They do a great job every year," Gira said, "It's a nice weekend to try some of Orland Park's great restaurants, enjoy live music and see old friends," she said.

Along with indulging in a variety of cuisine, the three day fest includes live entertainment on two stages, community groups offering children's activities, Kids' Day on Saturday, a classic car show on Sunday, Bingo inside of the Civic Center both days and more.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. on August 3 with the 70s rock band, The Juke Box Band. That will be followed by the Orland Park Improv Team performing on the community stage with country line dancing instruction inside of the Civic Center. At 8 p.m., the village will host Live Band Karaoke on the community stage, inviting brave attendees to sing with a live band. The first day of entertainment will conclude with the country and western band,

Jin and Tonic, on the main stage from 8:30 p.m until 11 p.m.

Activities on Saturday, August 4 include Kiwanis Club Bingo inside of the Civic Center from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday is Kids' Day at the adjacent John Humphrey Sports Complex, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Activities include face painting, spin art craft, Thanks for the Memory Photo Booth, Pop A Shot Speed Pitch and Basketball, and "Touch a Truck." There will also be a moon jump, obstacle course and slide for kids to enjoy, provided by Moon Jump Inc.

The annual Family Water Balloon Toss contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Humphrey Complex and teams may include siblings or a parent and child. The Family Egg Drop Competition will follow at 3:30 p.m. Each team, which must include an adult and a child, must create and bring a device to catch the falling eggs. Eggs will be dropped from a cherry picker at increasing heights. The egg-catching devices must be no larger than two feet in diameter and pillows and hands may not be used. Pre-registration is not required for either of the free contests. Winners of each contest will receive a free Centennial Park Aquatic Center pavilion rental with twelve passes to the village's pool.

A number of Orland Park organizations will be present during Kids' Day, including the Orland Fire Protection District, Orland Park Police Department, Orland Park Pioneers Football and Cheerleading, Orland Park Soccer Club Soccer Combine, Orland Youth Association Girls' Program, Joon Lee's Taekwondo, the Village of Orland Park Karpov International Chess Institute and the Village of Orland Park Fencing Program.

Kids' Day participants will also include the Bulls/Sox Academy, Independence Winter Guard, ISU FireBirds Ground Quidditch Team, Micro-Reality Stock Car Racing, Team USA Martial Arts, and Victory Martial Arts.

Saturday's main stage entertainment includes Bopology performing at 1:30 p.m., the Chicago Tribute Anthology performing at 4:30 p.m. and the Journey tribute band, Infiniti, performing at 8:30 p.m.

The third and final day of the Taste of Orland Park begins with the Classic Double K Car Show at the adjacent John Humphrey Sports Complex from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Food vendors open at 1 p.m. with Confetti performing on the main stage, playing everything from 40s swing to pop.

The Orland Park Lions Club will host Bingo inside of the Orland Park Civic Center from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday. The final round of "Orland Park's Got Talent" will be held on the community stage at 2 p.m., with Five Guys Named Moe performing on the main stage at 4 p.m. American English, the Beatles tribute band, will close the fest Sunday night, performing on the main stage at 7 p.m.

"The Taste of Orland Park is a great showcase of the Orland Park community," McLaughlin said. "The restaurants, the community booths, the sponsors, the local performing groups, the school groups --- everyone makes it a great weekend showcasing what makes Orland Park the great town that it is," he said.

A full schedule of events, complete with restaurant menus, appears on the Village of Orland Park's website at with printed schedules available at all village buildings. For more information, call the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.