Posted: August 19th, 2010
Taste of Erie is underway!

My favorite part of any festival is the FOOD. I’m a little bit of a foodie, and let me tell you, I’m excited for this fare we have at CelebrateErie’s Taste of Erie. All through the weekend, a collection of Erie’s fine dining establishments have gathered to offer some mouthwatering munchies.

Even better? These restaurants are also competing for YOUR vote: the ERIEsistable Entree of 2010. According to the city of Erie, winners receive $1,000, a trophy, and ultimate bragging rights for the best dish of 2010.

Options from LaBella's menu

Options from LaBella's menu

The ballot includes these 5 Erie restaurants and theses entrees:

-The BrewErie at Union Station: Macaroni and Cheese Steak

-Matthew’s Trattoria & Martini Lounge: Seafood Cakes

-Victor’s Restaurant in the Bel Aira Clarion Hotel: Jambalaya

-La Bella: Butternut Squash and Sausage Lasagna

-Sluggers Sports Bar and Grill: Smokehouse Burger

Check out our Taste of Erie photo gallery and see some of what the vendors have to offer in Perry Square. As of tonight, the other side of Perry Square by the fountain is still in the midst of set up. Looks like they’ll have the standard festival fare. I’ve seen signs for sweet potato fries, funnel cakes, Chinese food, gyros, freshly squeezed lemonade, smoothies, and my all-time favorite, chicken on a stick.

Also on fountain side, there are vendors setting up their booths, with all sorts of items to buy. So far, I’ve seen an Native American booth with necklaces and pipe flutes. I’m sure they’ll be something for everyone by the time their up and running.

As for the Taste of Erie, you have until Sunday to vote for the ERIEsistble Entree. If their entrees don’t sound appetising, they have plenty of other menu options from which to choose. Vegetarians still have plenty of selection. Personally speaking, I’m a vegetarian, so I’ll be checking out some of Taste of Erie’s delicious-looking side salads. LaBella’s Thai Seared Sea Scallops sound especially good.

And who can forget dessert? Each vendor has their own selection, and Connie’s Ice Cream has a stand waiting with all kinds of treats.

Come down for dinner, stop by tomorrow on your lunch break to test some of Erie’s best.

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