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I hope the Taste of Westmont Comittee takes the time to read the post Fedakin wrote on the 2008 Taste of Westmont. Fey and his wife drive a couple of hours each year to visit us and attend the taste so take it heart Westmont.

First things first… The Cuban Pork sandwiches Feydakin pointed out were from Absolutely Delicious. Very appropriate company name given the sandwiches.

Having grown up in Westmont, and a long time resident, I really look forward to it every year. I’m saddened to say that overall, it’s gone downhill. My own personal opinion is that the “taste” part of it has been pushed aside. Don’t get me wrong. We had a nice time but it really could have, and should have been so much better.

I echo your suggestions for 2009…

Food

I’ve talked to a lot of the vendors that have been there over the years. Many simply hoped to break even. I knew after speaking to many last year, it was going to be slim pickings this year. Why in the word would the “TASTE” of Westmont drive food vendors away over a few hundred dollars? Wake up Westmont! Cutting the booth price in half would have cost you about $6K based on the numbers I heard. Even the KofC with their discounted (cough) price lost money last year from what I heard.

Now the set up… what a joke. For 2 years running you’ve created a nightmare by the vendor set up/arrangement. I can only speculate but I’m guessing it’s for safety concerns. I don’t know whose brilliant idea it was but they need to call a “mulligan” and start over.

Entertainment

Let’s start with Sunday first… For the first time in a long time I didn’t even bother to attend the Taste on Sunday. Firstly, there are only so many Italian Beef-Sausage Combo’s and Cuban Pork sandwiches I can eat over a three day period. So, if you missed the earlier comments about the food go back and reread them would you please. Second, yes, I’m well aware Muddy was a long time Westmont resident and am well aware of the history, dedications, etc. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the tribute to him, but when is enough, enough?

Scheduling… Ok… you bill Friday as the ATTACK OF THE KILLER TRIBUTE BANDS! The taste doesn’t start until 4 pm, is billed to go until 10:30 PM and you pack 4 bands into that time span. We got there at 4:20 and the majority of food vendors weren’t even set up. Whoopee. The place was almost empty. What a shame to have “wasted” that entertainment lineup.

You want to do the Muddy Waters tribute, fine. Kick off the Taste with that on Friday. There’s a really good start to the festival. Saturday would have been the perfect day for tribute bands. And for Sunday, how could American English not have been a great way to end the festival?

So Westmont, I hope you’ll take the time to take a serious look at what you want the “Taste of Westmont” to be. Because in my book you’ve taken the taste for it out of my mouth.

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4 Comments

  1. Feydakin on the 17. Jul, 2008 remarked #

    Dave – I love the Taste.. The couple hour drive to go every year is even worth it.. But I’m pretty sure that this is the first year that we had chili dogs at the house rather than go there for lunch on Saturday because there simply isn’t enough variety of food vendors to be able to eat there for three days..

    It’s strange.. The music seems to be getting better but the food is getting worse.. I thought this was the “Taste” of Westmont, not the “Music” of Westmont..

    You go NOW!! Food all Gone!!!

  2. CrankyDave on the 17. Jul, 2008 remarked #

    Yeah, it was. Although the chili dogs hit the spot, we did normally hit the Taste for lunch on Saturday and then dinner during the evening entertainment, and again for lunch on Sunday. Just not enough there for that.

    The article I read in the local paper yesterday, raved about it. Here’s a link to the story they printed…

    Westmont Progress

    I agree, the entertainment has gotten far better over the years but the number of food vendors has clearly declined. I can go down the list of places that used to have booths that don’t any longer…

    DJ’s is the first that comes to mind. Made a great burger and I knew from talking to them last year they weren’t going to be here this year. Walshes was there before. Vincitori’s made a terrific chicken panini. There was Amber who made a fantistic steak sandwich. Pappadeaux’s was there before with another “taste”, I could continue.

    About the article and the “lines”. You bet there were lines. Lines at food booths that you could count on one hand and blocked foot traffic something horrible. On the flip side the Jaycees for example, were serving burgers and grilled cheese. I never saw a line and if they were “pleased” I’d be shocked.

    I see the Taste of Westmont as just that… a “taste” of what Westmont has to offer. What they told me was that Westmont doesn’t have a whole lot to taste which couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Dave

  3. Emily on the 01. Aug, 2008 remarked #

    Hey Dave this is Ted’s oldest daughter – he just mentioned that you blogged and I pulled up your site for him. I’m sure he’ll talk about me being in the Middle East, so if you’re interested check out my site. Enjoy the show tonight and hi from my Mom too! 🙂

  4. CrankyDave on the 02. Aug, 2008 remarked #

    hehehehehehe… Hi Emily and “Mom”!

    Yeah… Problem Child ROCKED! BOC… Great music but the vocals were weak.

    I will say this though, after having attended, it really does make you appreciate what Westmont has done for the taste. That being said, I hope they’ll work even harder to improve it.

    Dave

    BTW… Will go and check out your blog.

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