This Weekend: Taste of Minnesota!

The 26th annual Taste of Minnesota, began in Saint Paul on Thursday, July 3! This annual event, which remains open through Sunday, July 6, offers fun and entertainment for all ages. With its combination of fantastic music and great food, the ears tingle and the tastebuds tremble at the thought of attending the state’s largest free festival.

“A Taste of Minnesota prides itself on offering free entertainment that combines a variety of musical styles to suit the whole family,” said John Labosky, president of the Capital City Partnership, which owns A Taste of Minnesota. “This year’s Taste is providing a wider range of acts to satisfy all ages than ever before. We are looking forward to once again providing great music, delicious food, and family fun.”

Located at Harriet Island Park and along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, big acts this year include REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money, Seether, gb Leighton, the Trashmen, Badfinger, Cosmo, and more. 22 acts in total will include a variety of genres, such as rock, gospel, reggae and contemporary, played by musicians from several ethnic backgrounds. There will be fireworks displays at 10:20 p.m. each night of the festival.

Anyone looking for something new among the 43 food vendors and 30 sponsors will find lobster on a stick, organic pancakes, crab cakes on a bun and even peanut butter and jelly, said Linda Maddox, Ron's wife, who handles many of the festival details.

The Taste of Minnesota originated more than 15 years ago in the area of the State Capitol Mall. The past five years it has been at its Harriet Island location. Taste of Minnesota typically draws 200,000 to 400,000 people, but attendance is difficult to measure because admission is free.

Please visit the Taste of Minnesota Web site for more information.

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