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Crowds Sated With Tastes Of Oswego

By Samuel Weisman, Contributing Writer

OSWEGO, NY- Hundreds of visitors were able to sample the flavor of the Port City Sunday afternoon.

Bill Hubel, owner of the Blue Moon Grill in Fulton is hard at work at this year's "Taste."
Bill Hubel, owner of the Blue Moon Grill in Fulton is hard at work at this year's "Taste."

A variety of area restaurants and others took part in the 2010 edition of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Oswego, sponsored by Alliance Bank.

The event was located behind the Econo Lodge on East Linear Park. From noon to 6 pm. patrons were able to purchase samples from 15 different restaurants for $1 per item.

Among the various vendors at “The Taste” was the Oswego City School District.

They offered samples of school lunches as well as a full turkey dinner.

People got a sample of good weather and fine dining at the Taste of Oswego.
People got a sample of good weather and fine dining at the Taste of Oswego.

Bill Crist, superintendent, and member of the chamber, said, “It’s a great event. There are a number of restaurants here and our school district is too. It’s great exposure for what we have in Oswego. We have some unique restaurants and stores and this gives them a chance to show what they have.”

Karen Huble, owner of the Blue Moon Grill in Fulton, agreed.

“It gives us a lot of exposure, people come up after the event and say this is when they saw us,” she said.

Joshua Lane, 8, of Oswego enjoys a sno-cone at the Taste of Oswego.
Joshua Lane, 8, of Oswego enjoys a sno-cone at the Taste of Oswego.

She ran the Blue Moon stand with her husband, Bill.

The owner of Cam’s New York Pizzeria, Larry Miller, added, “It’s also a good way to introduce new menu items.”

The Cam’s Pizza stand offered spinach and feta cheese pinwheels to customers.

“A lot of people don’t even know we have these,” Miller said.

Beth Hilton, executive director of the chamber and one of the organizers of the event said, “It’s really a win-win situation for the community and for the businesses. New restaurants have an opportunity to show what they have, and restaurants that have been here a while like Rudy’s and Canale’s get to keep their restaurant in the community’s mind.”

A spinach and feta cheese pinwheel display at the Cam's Pizzeria Stand.
A spinach and feta cheese pinwheel display at the Cam's Pizzeria Stand.

Food aside, there were plenty of activities for kids at this year’s event, including face painting, animal balloons, blow-up bouncy rides, a super-modified race car on display and the bubble man who entertained children with his unique bubble blowing gadgets.

There was also live music provided by Jimmy D and the Jury from noon until 3 p.m., and The Billionaires, who followed and played until 6 p.m.

The feedback from the patrons was positive.

Hannah France of Sterling gets her face painted like a butterfly.
Hannah France of Sterling gets her face painted like a butterfly.

Lynn Morris of Hastings said, “I like that it’s family oriented. It’s on the water and a lot of fun.”

Tom Delahunt of Syracuse also liked the focus on families.

“It’s small and family oriented and the dollar samples were great,” he said.

His wife, Arlene, added, “We were going to stop for dinner on the way home, but not anymore.”

“It’s not just good for business itself, but it’s good for the community,” said Michael Coon, manager of G.S. Steamers.

3-year-old Natalie Battles of Brewerton gets help making bubbles from her grandmother Lynn Morris of Hastings.
3-year-old Natalie Battles of Brewerton gets help making bubbles from her grandmother Lynn Morris of Hastings.
Oswego race car driver Andy Noto displays his super-modified race car at the Taste of Oswego.
Oswego race car driver Andy Noto displays his super-modified race car at the Taste of Oswego.
Tom and Arlene Delahunt of Syracuse enjoyed the family atmosphere at the Taste of Oswego
Tom and Arlene Delahunt of Syracuse enjoyed the family atmosphere at the Taste of Oswego

2 Comments

  1. I wasn’t a fan of the event. I took my wife and two children (2 yr old, 8 month old), and it was not as good as the last time I went. Weather did play a factor, it was HOT! But since it was behind Steamers and not Best Western, there seemed to be much less room which made it incredibly crowded. There wasn’t enough shade, there was 4-5 tables with umbrellas where everyone was to escape the sun, and no one moved from them for 20 minutes. My kids (and I to a lesser degree) were frying on the concrete and after about 3 food samples we left.

    Needed more room and more shade. Way too packed. And a large tent or something to escape the elements.

  2. I heard the reason they had it behind the Econolodge was because there was suppose to be construction for the new convention center next to the BW… I was down there and there were definitely more than 4 picnic tables with umbrellas down there. it was a bit crowded, and it was hot but you cant help the weather. But all in all congrats to the people who put it together… Im sure it’s not easy planning something like that. I’m just glad there are events like that that the community can go to.. Job Well Done!!! :)

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