Why isn’t Edmonds in A Taste of Edmonds? | Guest View

By Jan Nicholas | Jul 31, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel

“Why isn’t there any Edmonds in A Taste of Edmonds?”

I have heard this question over and over.

Being new to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, producer of the 35th annual event Aug. 11-13, I took it upon myself to bring Edmonds back to A Taste of Edmonds. After all, how hard could it be? Clearly it’s what the people want.

I was on a mission.

After speaking with many, many local business and restaurant owners, I learned why only four of the 35 food vendors at the Taste – Demetris Woodstone Taverna, Scott’s Bar & Grill, Kafe Neo and Moonshine BBQ – are local.

In addition, I discovered why many local stores pass on having a booth at the Taste.

While our local restaurants are sympathetic and understand that people would love to see them in the Taste, most just can’t participate. Here’s why:

  • They don’t have enough staff to operate a booth and the restaurant at the same time;
  • They don’t have a mobile kitchen to prepare food away from the restaurant;
  • If a chef cannot prepare a signature dish to their standards, they don’t want to sell it;
  • They can’t store all the food and supplies they will need for the Taste; and@
  • There are all the other items you need for the event: tent, insurance, tables, signs, etc.

The same is true with our local stores. Between staffing, bringing in enough merchandise to sell, getting insurance, tents, tables and display racks, it is a lot to ask a small-business owner.

Lucky for us, we can frequent our wonderful local restaurants and businesses any time of the year.

So there you have it. Yes, it is called A Taste of Edmonds, and you may feel like there should be local food available to make it feel more like Edmonds.

But the truth is, A Taste of Edmonds is one of the highest-rated festivals in the state, and people are coming from all over to see our wonderful city. And when greeted with a warm welcome, they are certainly going to want to come back to explore more “tasting” what Edmonds has to offer.

Visit our new website, www.TasteEdmonds.com, for more information about the 2017 A Taste of Edmonds.

 

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