We are missing the mark on the Taste of Edmonds
I am sitting here in my house at 7:30 p.m. looking at the wind up of the “30th” Birthday of the Taste of Edmonds.
I have probably been to most all of them and I must say that we have not learned much from the past. Many of our Edmonds neighbors were polled on their thoughts of this yearly festival.
If anyone has been to the Mountlake Terrace festivities, there would be agreement they have it “right” and we have it “wrong” or we could do much better.
They have a covered tent with a dirt-free enclosure that allows families to sit down, eat, ( they serve snacks) and yes, have a beer. No one is walking around a filthy dirty track kicking up dust all over clothes, feet and food.
There are not enough tables to sit at and eat. There is no food in the beer garden and people who do not want to “lose their place” in the beer garden and have to stand in line to get hammered, will forgo the food and proceed to do just that.
Taking all the long tables out years ago that allowed people the opportunity to eat and visit was a huge mistake.
The “Taste” has gone stale and stagnant. Put plastic down on the dirt track if the City won’t fix the track or cover with something more appropriate.
Serve food and set up tables in the beer garden so people will be encouraged to eat as they drink.
As I am cleaning the dirt off my floors, windows and feet for the last time this weekend- please consider input and some fresh ideas from others in planning a next year’s taste.
I have heard and seen, the attendance is down this year. Many vendors say they did not break even.
Have a town hall meeting and start to gather some fresh ideas for next year.
It was far from the 30th birthday celebration it should have been. It was the same old thing.
Katherine and Nick Stojkovic