Hundreds sample Lititz’s best restaurants Friday

By on June 6, 2018

Even Divine Wind, the colorful orange and yellow Sun Conure, was having a great time at Friday evening’s Fifth Annual Taste of Lititz event.

The little tropical parrot was sipping blue raspberry Italian ice from a spoon that her owner Kirk Hornberger was holding. It was just one of the tasty and refreshing treats offered at the annual outdoor block party along East Main Street. Fresh strawberry shortcake was another treat on the steamy June evening. Zig’s Café and Bakery had baked the shortcake, which was topped with local farm picked strawberries and a scoop of cool vanilla ice cream. While rain clouds hovered overhead toward the latter part of the evening, the heavy storm held off until after 9 p.m. when Taste of Lititz had wrapped up for the night.

Nino Elia makes paella at Zest! stand during Friday evening’s Taste of Lititz

“We’re hoping it won’t rain until later. So far, so good,” said Sharon Peffer, who was on hand to demonstrate her weaving skills, as she made loom woven table runners and other kitchen and dining items. Taste of Lititz was a great opportunity for some of the food and restaurant newcomers to make their debut. The new Slate café set up their stand across the street from the 43 East Main Street location.

“We just opened a few months ago,” said owner Lisa McCoy, as she iced fresh cinnamon rolls and offered chocolately brownies to people at Taste of Lititz. The new Slate offers breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, salads and smoothies in the former location of Spill Café. Based on the response to the cinnamon rolls, the new restaurant is already gaining in popularity.

Another newcomer to Taste of Lititz was Café 21, a new café that offers coffee, tea, fresh pressed fruit juices and baked goods. The café is located at 21 South Broad Street in Lititz, operated by Angelo Rusciano and Matthew Armand.

Then there was Fifth Month Farm, which is a new arrival at the newly relocated Lititz Farmers Market in Lititz Springs Park. Devon and Kristi Barto actually run their small vegetable farm near Mount Joy. At Taste of Lititz, they offered mixed green salad with pickled radish, sourdough baguette and green goddess dressing.
There were plenty of tried-and-true Taste of Lititz stands, like Zest’s popular Spanish paella, which drew a long line of hungry foodies who wanted to indulge in chef Nino Elia’s traditional Spanish rice dish with chicken, sausage, peas and seasonings. As Elia stirred the huge flat paella pan, the aroma filled the air.

At Scooters, Chef Tim Whitmyer dished out nachos with guacamole, tomatoes, cheese and more. Chilango’s Mexican restaurante was serving up something Mexican, of course, with tacos filled with seasoned meat. Leticia Martinez was busily stirring a pan of meat with peppers, onions and tomatoes, which she served on crispy tortillas and topped with lettuce and cheese.

Tim Whitmyer of Scooters offers a sample at Friday evening’s Fifth Annual Taste of Lititz event

Wilbur Chocolate had chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies, while Isaacs had their speckled lemonade and pterodactyl salad. Danner’s Deli offered tasty crabmeat pretzel sliders, while people lined up nearby for Jo Boy’s Brewery’s barbecue sandwiches. Music was provided by the John Beck ukulele band, along with rock ‘n roll hits and jazzy standards along East Main Street. For a rousing array of patriotic tunes, the Lititz Band performed at the drive-up lanes for BBT Bank. There was food-related art and lots of fun activities for kids, like Lego building and street bowling.

Ken Kulakowlsy of Heritage Press Museum helped people make their own printed coasters, which were just the thing for the refreshing beverages that ranged from lemonade to beer to wine to whiskey.

Taste of Lititz was sponsored by Venture Lititz, the non-profit organization that fosters the local culture and many flavors of Lititz.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the Record Express. She can be reached at 

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