Taste Of Oswego Draws Large Crowd

OSWEGO, NY – Um-um good!

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Taste of Oswego received rave reviews from a large crowd this weekend.

Megan, left, and Sarah Halstead sample some of Canale's food.
Megan, left, and Sarah Halstead sample some of Canale

Megan Halstead and Sarah Halstead enjoyed some pasta at Taste of Oswego.

“It’s from Canale’s,” Megan said.

“It’s really good,” added Sarah.

The girls said they were going to try several more samples.

“Everything looks so good. We don’t know what to try next,” Sarah said.

They had plenty of options.

Jason Livesey of Rudy's Lakeside Drive-in prepares another Texas hot at Taste of Oswego.
Jason Livesey of Rudy

Pulled pork, turkey drumsticks, pizza, spicy chicken, Texas hots, chicken wings, sausages and ice cream were just some of the many items visitors could sample.

The treat for the taste buds, held on East Linear Park behind the Best Western Captain’s Quarters Hotel, was sponsored by Alliance Bank.

“If you leave here hungry, it’s your own fault,” one visitor exclaimed. “I’ve already gone around to all the booths and a going back for seconds!”

Attendance may have been down slightly this year, due to the threat of rain, according to Jennifer Hill, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

“We have a good crowd on hand and they’re enjoying some delicious food,” she said shortly after the vent got under way.

“This smells great,” said Barb Bateman of Alliance Bank. “I could smell the hot dogs up on (East) First Street!”

Heidi Bush liked the seafood bisque from Steamers.

“It’s good, very good,” she said. “I just wanted to try it, now I’ll have to try it again.”

Marlene Robinson agreed the bisque was very good.

Tessa Smith said the pasta was "very good!"
Tessa Smith said the pasta was

“We just got here and it was our first stop. It’s really good,” she said. “Now, I can’t wait to sample everything else. It all smells so good. We’ll have to try a little bit of everything!”

The 2008 event featured nearly 20 food booths including Rudy’s, Blue Moon, Stewart’s Shops, P&C, Theresa’s Catering, and more.

There were also eight non-food booths, according to Gail Goebricher, special events coordinator for the chamber.

“We have a special Power for Kids tent (sponsored by Constellation, Entergy, Novelis, and NRG) for the children, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors,” she noted.

The Power for Kids Tent featured a variety of children’s activities including air hops and sno-cones.

WSEN 92.1 FM provided music from noon to 2 p.m. with the Cortini Brothers Jazz Band playing from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dr. Boogie closed the day, performing from 4:30 – 7 p.m.

The Benefits Consulting Group sponsored the entertainment stage.