Oz Pizza, TCBY, and Margarita Momma’s Bourbon Street Grille won top honors at the 2018 Taste of Fayette held May 6 on the lawn of the Old Fayette County Courthouse in Historic Downtown Fayetteville. “Finest Taste” went to Oz Pizza, “Finest Treat” to TCBY, and “Most Amazing Booth” to Margarita Momma’s Bourbon Street Grille”.
This year’s event featured 17 food/beverage vendors and 45 informational/retail vendors. Main Street Fayetteville Program Manager Joyce Waits said nearly 80 volunteers teamed up to make the event a success.
This was the first year for Taste of Fayette to be held on the Old Fayette County Courthouse lawn, and Waits said it was a well-received change. “It was nice to have so much green space,” She said. “Everyone enjoyed the shade, which contributed to a fun day.”
Downtown Development Director Brian Wismer said The Mike Lowry Band was a hit with the crowd, which he estimated to have been about 3,000 people during the four-hour event. Also popular were the face paintings provided by the Whitewater High School Beta Club and the balloon creations made by Balloon Man.
Volunteers with the Fayette Rocks Kindness Project were also on hand to help young and old alike paint encouraging rocks, some of which are being set aside to replenish the small collection at the base of the Fayetteville City Hall flag pole.
Always an event highlight, artwork from public schools all over Fayette County was displayed in a temporary gallery. Participating schools this year included Starr’s Mill High, McIntosh High, Rising Star Middle, J. C. Booth Middle, Sara Harp Minter Elementary, Huddleston Elementary, Robert J. Burch Elementary, Braelinn Elementary, Inman Elementary, Peeples Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, and Kedron Elementary.