ORLAND PARK, IL – The annual Orland Park Village Taste of Orland Park returns to the Orland Park Village Center August 5-7.
Now in its 19th year, the Taste of Orland Park features Orland Park restaurants, community organizations and several groups throughout the weekend. Special events within the festival include a two-day children’s zone, the annual Taste of Orland Park car show, themed Q&A competitions and performances on two stages. New this year is a Battle of the Bands which includes a performance by the winner on the main stage on Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m.
“The Taste of Orland Park is the event of the summer at Orland Park,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. “People look forward to the Taste of Orland Park every year,” he said. “It’s a great way to sample food from some of Orland Park’s best restaurants, listen to great music, and take part in family activities.”
The tea party will be held at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Friday, August 5 from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 6 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission, parking and festival activities are free. Participating restaurants will offer their signature dishes, beverages and desserts at individual food stalls located throughout the resort.
Participating restaurants include 101 BBQ, Barraco’s Pizza, Beggars Pizza, The Brass Tap, Buona Beef, City BBQ, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Mo’s Chinese Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant, Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill, Pueblito, The Rainbow Cone, Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery and Tradycja Polish Fusion Cuisine.
“While many participating restaurants are long-time local favorites, some are relatively new to the event,” Pekau said. “It’s great to see the wide variety of local offerings from local franchises as well as many independent restaurants.”
The Kids’ Zone is a two-day event, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 6 and 7 on the Village. All activities are free.
Hillbilly Rockstarz and Electric Avenue will perform on the main stage on Friday night. Saturday’s entertainment will include Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings, Motor City and headliner 7th Heaven.
Saturday’s events will also include a tribute to veterans beginning at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the fun continues with Peter Oprisko’s Pop & Jazz group, Mellencougar, and then American English brings the event to a close from 7-9 p.m.
Free parking is available at a number of sites around the center of the village, including the parking tower at 143rd Street and Ravinia Avenue.
Customers may bring one sealed bottle of water per person. No other outside food or drink will be permitted in the event. Bags will be inspected at entry points. Attendees are requested to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and are reminded that no tables are permitted on the event site.
The presenting sponsor of the event is the University of Medicine of Chicago. Sponsors also include Mazda of Orland Park, Waste Management, Comcast, Northwestern Medicine, The Human Race, Brannigan Chiropractic, Bath Planet, Com Ed, Mercedes Benz of Orland Park, Northern Illinois Coatings, V3 Companies, Asurion, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union and Duluth Trading Company.
Full details of Taste of Orland Park are available online at www.orlandpark.org/taste.