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May 24, 2011

Taste of Ann Arbor

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by Marissa McNees

Photo Credit: Gloria Rzucidlo,

It’s always great to be a part of a community that has so many unique restaurants to offer, but boy is it hard to get a taste of them all.

Thankfully, the Main Street Association is bringing back a Taste of Ann Arbor this summer. On June 5, attendees will be able to sample dishes from over 35 different Ann Arbor restaurants.

“The Taste of Ann Arbor got started more than 20 years ago,” said Maura Thomson, executive director of the Main Street Area Association. “It used to be an ethnic festival here in Ann Arbor. That sort of evolved into this Taste of Ann Arbor. [Before,] it was a little more dance and cultural activities. Now, it is more focused on food and some entertainment.”

According to Thomson, the event runs two blocks of Main Street, and food tickets will cost 50 cents each. Food will be priced anywhere from 50 cents to four dollars.

This year, with 38 restaurants participating, patrons will be able to taste dishes that range from seafood from The Real Seafood Company, Italian favorites from Palio and Mediterrano and desert from The Cupcake Station, just to name a few.

With a focus on entertainment this year, the Main Street Area Association, with sponsorship from the Bank of Ann Arbor, has put together a lineup that is sure to please the growing crowds.

“It just keeps growing into a better mix of music,” Thomson said.

“Our community area has grown a little bit, and it just keeps getting better.”

The Taste of Ann Arbor 2011 will be June 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. For more information, please visit

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One Comment

  1. I’m going to buy one hundred 50 cent tickets…I can’t wait!

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