Orland Park To Host Sixth Annual Taste of Orland Park

Orland Park To Host Sixth Annual Taste of Orland Park
Posted on 07/21/2009

The Village of Orland Park has announced a mouth-watering menu for its sixth annual Taste of Orland Park.

Sixteen Orland Park restaurants will sell a variety of food and drinks during the 3-day village sponsored event, July 31, August 1 and 2 at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

"The Taste is a salute to Orland Park where we're able to showcase some of the best eateries in town, enjoy local talent and where people can learn more about community groups and organizations," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.

Showcased Orland Park restaurants include Burrito Jalisco, Cafe Gaston, Cooper's Hawk, Fatburger, Kilwin's Chocolates, Kismet, Mo's Chinese Kitchen, Oberweis Dairy, Palermo's, Papa Joe's, Plaza Café, R.C. Mulligan's, Rock Bottom Brewery, Sam Maguire's, Taj Mahal and Taqueria Los Comales.

Menu offerings cover the gamut with American and ethnic dishes, including Irish, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Indian/Pakistani.

Culinary highlights include tacos, gyros, shish-ka-bobs, chicken biryanee, corned beef sandwiches, corn on the cob, turkey legs, beef tenderloin, pizza, egg rolls, riblets, grilled baby back ribs, crab cake sandwiches, prime rib sandwiches, spicy wings and more.

Sweets at the Taste of Orland Park include waffle cones, sundaes, fresh fruit smoothies, deep fried cheese cake, tiramisu and chocolate.

"It's a great summer festival, close to home, reasonably priced with great food and live entertainment," the mayor added.

Participating restaurants must be located within the Village of Orland Park. When restaurants register, they submit what they'll be serving and each "taste" is no more than $4.00 a dish. Six of the featured restaurants will also serve alcohol, including beer, wine and a number of specialty drinks. And, all food vendors will have pop and water for sale at their booths.

Village Trustee Kathy Fenton chairs the village's Special Events and Outreach Committee. "The Taste of Orland Park is a summer highlight because it offers so much," Fenton said. "You can try dishes from a number of restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and probably run into old friends and neighbors you haven't seen in a while," she added.

Two stages will offer continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend with the main stages showcasing a number of Chicago area bands playing all types of music.

"When we choose bands to play at the Taste, we look for those that offer the largest appeal. We have country on Friday night, the Beatles' band American English playing Saturday night, an Eagles tribute band playing Sunday afternoon and Libido Funk Circus closing the festivities Sunday evening," said Media and Special Events Manager Patty Vlazny who co-chairs the event with Civic Center Manager Gail Blummer.

Blummer added, "The Taste of Orland Park offers something for everyone, for the little ones at Kids' Day, the car buffs on Sunday, community groups getting their messages out and live entertainment and great food."

On Friday, July 31, the festival will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with One Foot In The Groove, performing on the main stage from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tin Horse, a Chicago area country band, will perform from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Free country line dancing instruction is offered inside of the Civic Center from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Community stage features for Friday include the village's dance program performing at 5:30 p.m., followed by Live Band Karaoke at 8:00 p.m.

Live Band Karaoke, the opportunity to sing with a live band for free, will be held Friday evening from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Those wanting to sing with the band can access the available song list at www.livebandkaraokechicago.com and access the Hootenanners Song List. Singing reservations can be made by calling 708/403-6235. Reservations for Live Band Karaoke are encouraged but not required. Those interested may also sign up at the Taste.

On Saturday, August 1, the Taste will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The Orland Park Lions Club will host a raffle game inside of the Civic Center when Bopology takes the main stage at 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday, the adjacent John Humphrey Complex will host Kids' Day from 1pm to 5pm. Sports skills and demos will be hosted by the Independence Winter Guard, Orland Park Soccer Club, Joon Lee's Taekwondo, Victory Martial Arts, Orland Knights Football and Cheerleading and the Orland Park Pioneer Football and Cheerleading Program.
Northwestern University Athletics is also participating in Kids' Day.

Jen Farrell, of the village's Recreation Department, coordinates Kids' Day each year at the Taste. "We're able to offer free activities all afternoon at the Humphrey Complex, which enables kids of all ages to come play in one of the biggest backyards in Orland Park."

Kids' Day also includes crafts, an obstacle course, moon jump, Orland Park Police vehicles, the Police Department K-9 demonstration at 1:30 p.m., the Orland Fire Protection District, Touch-A-Truck and the Family Water Balloon Contest at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Family Egg Drop Contest at 3:00 p.m.

Families are invited to create something in which to catch an egg dropped from a bucket truck. Pillows may not be used and the egg catching device must be no wider than two feet in diameter.

Pre-registration is not required for the Family Water Balloon Toss or the Family Egg Drop and the winner of each will receive a free pavilion rental at the Centennial Park Aquatic Center plus twelve free pool passes.

Main stage dance floor demonstrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be conducted by the Independence Winter Guard and Joon Lee's Taekwondo. Saturday's night headline band, American English, will perform from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

The community stage will feature a number of performance groups throughout the weekend. Saturday's schedule includes performances by the District 135 Band, Dance Workshop Dance Company, Creative Dance Center, the Music Connection and Teen Battle of the Bands.

Along with sponsors' booths, Orland Park's Village Center is filled with booths hosted by Orland Park churches and community groups.

"The Taste weekend is a great collection of all things Orland Park," said Maureen Wentz, of the village's Recreation Department. "We invite churches and community in groups in town to host booths where they offer free activities for kids throughout the weekend," she added, noting that nearly twenty community groups and churches are participating in this year's fest.

Groups hosting community tents at this year's Taste of Orland Park include Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, Faith United Methodist Church, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias , Orland Education Foundation, Orland Palos Reber-Tesmond V.F.W. Post #2604 , Orland Park Cub Scout Pack 383, Orland Park Public Library, Orland Township, SouthBridge Church, Special Olympics Illinois, U. S. Army Recruiting Station, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Village of Orland Park and the YMCA Adventure Guides. Each of the participating community groups will offer a free children's activity at their booth.

The fun continues on Sunday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the Showcase Classics Car Show at the adjacent Humphrey Complex. The restaurants will open at 1:00 p.m. when the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Chamber Bean Bag Finals and the Saturday June Band will perform on the main stage. Also at 1:00 p.m., the Orland Park Kiwanis Club will hold a raffle game inside of the air conditioned Orland Park Civic Center.

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, the twelve finalists from the summer long karaoke contests at a number of Orland Park establishments will take the community stage, vying for this year's top karaoke performer in Orland Park. The village's gymnastics students will perform on the main stage dance floor at 3:15 p.m.

On Sunday, the Eagles tribute band, Heartache Tonight, will perform on the main stage beginning at 4:00 p.m, followed by the Carl Sandburg High School Cheerleaders performing on the main stage dance floor at 6:00 p.m. Libido Funk Circus performs on the main stage, closing the fest, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Executive Chef Level sponsors of the Taste of Orland Park 2009 include Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd and the SouthtownStar Newspaper. Pastry Chef Level sponsors include Comcast and St. Xavier University. Apprentice Level sponsors include Brannigan Chiropractic, Bright Ideas, Crowley-Sheppard Asphalt, Health From Within Chiropractic, Healthy Connection Chiropractic and Rehab Clinic, Horton Insurance, McDonough Associates, Inc., Orland Park Crossing and Terry's Automotive Group.

In-kind sponsors for the Taste of Orland Park include American Bottlers, Fifth Third Bank, GFS Marketplace, Waste Management, Walgreens, Ecolab, the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce and the Orland Park Prairie Newspaper.

Complete schedules are available on the Village of Orland Park's website at www.orland-park.il.us. For more information, call 708403-6140.