Taste of Lititz had something for every palate

By on June 7, 2017

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When you’ve got a good thing going, why mess with success?

Back by popular demand at Friday evening’s Taste of Lititz block party, there was a massive pan of Spanish paella being stirred and meat-eaters were clamoring for their bacon on a stick. Tacos were being stuffed with grilled meat and melted cheese. Tomato pie with its puffy cheesy topping was being savored.

There was no doubt that Zest!’s paella was once again the hit of the night. By 7 p.m., the line to get a taste of Nino Elia’s Spanish-style paella stretched almost to the square. The traditional rice dish with chicken, sausage, peas, and seasonings was a big attraction. The steam was so intense that Elia got cooled off with a glass of wine from neighboring Waltz Vineyards.

What kind of wine pairs with paella? Red, of course, said Elia.

In an event that celebrated the flavors of Lititz, there were plenty of tried-and-true favorites, as well as new items on the menu.

“Everyone expects that we will have our pretzels and cheese dip,” said Chef Tim Whitmyer of Scooters.

They did, but this year, the dip was a rich crab and cheese dip that was dished out by Chef Tim and Piper Hepler to rave reviews.

Isaac’s had its popular speckled lemonade, plus its very seasonal chilled strawberry soup for a refreshing take on warm weather dining. Chilango’s Mexican Restaurante was serving up something Mexican, of course — tacos filled with meat. Appalachian Brewing Company had walking tacos, a crowd pleaser, with their award winning chili, cheese and lettuce served in a bag of tortilla chips.

Rooster Street Butcher Shop and café had bacon on a stick — a thick slab of bacon cooked to crispy perfection. JoBoy’s had its tender brisket and pork barbecue sandwiches. Roma’s had pizza. Isabella’s Ice Cream did ice cream, and Zig’s did strawberry shortcake topped with fresh berries.

There was wine and beer provided by Waltz Vineyards, Stargazers Vineyards, JoBoy’s Brew Pub, Appalachian Brewing Company, and Bulls Head Public House.

As for new things to eat, the recently reopened Log Cabin was there is full force with their tasty lobster tacos on a crispy shell with mango salsa. Another newcomer was Gravie Kitchen and Commons, who wowed the crowd with peach gazpacho, shrimp tacos, chicken tacos and roast beef with frizzled onions. Kababish Indian restaurant from Camp Hill was another new stand for this year, with chicken tikka masala, tandoor grilled chicken and other Indian foods served by by Wish Wasi and others from the restaurant.

The full lineup of food vendors also included The Dragonfly Cafe, Spill Cafe, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Rabbit Hill Kettle Corn.

As for entertainment, the ukulele band from John Beck Elementary School had the audience applauding as they brought the sounds of Hawaii to Lititz strumming on their ukuleles and singing favorite songs.

Up the street, Irish dancers were doing reels and dances to the tune of Irish fiddles and pipes, thanks to the talented youth of Hooley School of Irish Dance. There were also drummers, a New Orleans style marching band, a string quartet, barbershop quartet Three Dads and a Lad, and mandolin player Wade Yankey.

Bowling in the street was back, and so was fun with Legos. Youth archers had the opportunity to hit the target safely with a fun stand that let them channel their inner Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen.

The Lititz Art Association showcased original mini works of art, most featuring food such as pretzels and ice cream, and auctioned to the the highest bidders. There was also handmade jewelry, crafts and other items.

Taste of Lititz was sponsored by Moravian Manor and Warwick Woodlands as a benefit for the Venture Lititz, the non-profit organization that fosters the local culture and many flavors of Lititz.

Laura Knowles is a freelance reporter who covers the Warwick Township municipal beat for the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com.

 

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