Taste of Lincolnshire draws more than 5,000 people over three days

Nearly flawless weather helped ease the transition, as the long-running Taste of Lincolnshire enjoyed a huge crowd last weekend, in its first year with a new operator.

The three-day summer festival that started on Friday in Village Green had always been the project of the Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. That entity no longer exists, though, since it merged at the start of the year with the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lincolnshire Village Hall assumed show-runner duties this year, putting economic development coordinator Tonya Zozulya in the lead — and she said at the event’s conclusion that she enjoyed putting it together.

“Obviously, we felt a responsibility and we wanted to do as good of a job as we could,” Zozulya said.

She said on Monday that the crowd estimates were really rough, but that anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 visitors came for the 15-restaurant, five-truck, nine-band affair. About 500 came on Friday for the food truck lunch — an improvement from the 350 of last year, the food trucks’ first year.

“With the weather being perfect and just having greater awareness of Food Truck Friday, that portion of the weekend went great,” Zozulya said.

The event even put shuttered restaurants back into use. The long-closed Flatlanders building’s patio became the site of cooking demonstrations, from Eddie Merlot’s on Saturday and a chef from the Stevenson High School Foundation on Sunday.

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