Friday, September 5, 2008

Taste of Olean this weekend

Date: August 22, 2008
Contact Person: Meme K. Yanetsko
Subject: The Taste Ladles Up the Food, Fun and Festivities

Olean, NY -- Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 59th Annual Art in the Park and the 18th Annual Taste of Olean on September 7, 2007, from 11 AM - 5 PM at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. The Taste Of Olean, co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 41 corporate sponsors provides an affordable and enjoyable festival in a socially responsible manner for families of the greater Olean area, enhances the quality of life in Olean, and promotes downtown. The Taste of Olean is a festival filled with great food and entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Pay as you eat!

THE TASTES -- The restaurants will present "tastes" of foods, not whole meals or sandwiches - smaller portions with affordable costs between 50 cents and $3.50. Restaurants are encouraged to promote their famous dishes, to introduce a new menu item or a specialty drink. Restaurants that have signed up to date include: Baldwin Hill Farms; Bistro 188; Beef n' Barrel; Canticle Farms; Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation; Green Acres; India Fest; Karol’s Kitchen; Linger Longer Cafe; Main Street Pizza; Napoli Pizza; Old Library Restaurant; Pit Stop Restaurant; Pizza Hut; Whispering Mountain Lodge Restaurant; Wrapped in Dough; and JCC Alumni’s PEPSI Booth.

THE ARTS -- Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council held in conjunction with the Taste, is a juried fine arts show with a long standing tradition of showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. Art in the Park will recognize several of the artists in the following categories: Best of Show; 1st Place; 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Honorable Mention; and Visitor Choice. Artists signed up to date include: Cheri Antle; William Capozzi; Robin Zeffers Clark; Nadine Dyskant; Eileen Finn; Dawn Fletch; Michelle Hoff; Annette Horn; Zachary Horn; Sean Huntington; Sarah Larson; Kimberly Light; Cattaraugus County Literacy Volunteers; Lea Matthews; Shawn Erin McGuire; Betty Meierjurgen; Amy & Ron Peterson; Todd Plough; Robert Ring; Shannon & Emily Seybert; Dee Smith; Southern Tier Quilting; Jill St. Ledger Roty; Lori Tiller; Heather Ullman; Michael Weishan; Lorraine Welsh; Wild Heart Unlimited with Gary Cucklev and Cindy Pascatore.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS -- The music never stops with three stages providing continuous entertainment. Theater Workshop of Olean will be lining up the entertainment that will include the Olean Brass Quintet; Trombone Quartet; Allegany Alumni and Friends Band; Olean’s Blues Brothers; Olean Area Irish Dancers; Enchanted Mountain Barbershoppers; Nancy Hefti & Broadway Review; and the Olean Chamber Group Children Concert.

FAMILY FUN -- The Taste is a festival for the entire family. There is a children's area with rides, face painting, the Chalkin' Proud America contest, and more. From the Balloon Man, to caricatures done by Ericatures, to childrens games, the Taste has the magical power to bring out the child in everyone. Back again this year, CUTCO Cutlery Corporation will host two chef demonstrations under the CUTCO tent. Alfred State College Culinary Arts Program will feature Associate Professor and Chair John Santora with several of the program’s students with chef demos at 1 PM and 3 PM. The Annual Michael Parks 3 on 3 Tournament ill be held on campus. Enjoy a competitive FOOTBALL FAN -- WPIG-FM Radio Station and Shurfine are sponsoring the Buffalo Bills tailgate area where the Bills football game will be broadcast, as well as sign-ups for the Shurfine BBQ basket loaded with goodies for the winner to have their own tailgate party.

KICK-OFF TASTE EVENT-- SAVE THIS DATE: The 5th Annual "Tour of Interesting Homes," presented by the Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County, will be held in Ellicottville on September 6, 2008, from 11 AM to 5 PM. Take an unhurried, self-guided tour of eleven local homes, ranging in style from rustic country to "ski-out" chalets. Pre-sale tickets of $25 are available at the Olean Public Library, the Ellicottville Memorial Library or by calling (716) 372-8627. Tickets may also be purchased FOR $30 the day of the event at the Ellicottville Library, Maples Road.

For more information on the Taste of Olean, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email

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