This year’s Taste of Arvada saw the event turn from an October tradition to a summer festivity as the annual restaurant competition took place on June 13. Along with the date change, this year …
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This year’s Taste of Arvada saw the event turn from an October tradition to a summer festivity as the annual restaurant competition took place on June 13.
Along with the date change, this year marked a number of firsts for the event, with 16 new restaurants joining in and several booths setting up outside the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave.
“The outdoor area allows us to have live music and even more vendors,” said Samantha Geerdes, events director for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. “In the last two years, there were restaurants that wanted to be in the event that we didn’t have space for. It was nice not having to turn anyone away this year.”
Outside, event-goers visited booths and food trucks, determined who to cast their votes for and danced to live music performed on stage.
While visitors hopped from booth to booth, business owners like Ken Ziegler — who owns Taunaz Tavern and Breakfast on Ralston at 9604 Ralston Road — enjoyed the publicity and atmosphere the event provided.
“The best part is just the community,” said Ziegler, who has participated in the event six times. “We definitely want to make our presence known.”
Employees John Bear and Audrey Wilson, who work at bakery La Patisserie Francaise at 7885 N. Wadsworth Blvd., agreed.
“This is our first time here,” Bear said, “and getting to chat people up has been pretty fun.”
With more than 100 businesses participating, Geerdes said she expected those in attendance would get a good sense of what Arvada is all about.
“Arvada is becoming a pretty popular place and has a ton of great restaurants,” she said, “so we’re excited for people to see everything the city has to offer.”
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