A tasty break from the rain

By on June 8, 2016
Taste of Lititz was the toast of the town last Friday, as an estimated crowd of 3,000 attended the celebration of local fare. Food, live music and art dominated the night, and Nino Elia stirring paella at Zest! was one of the many attractions.

Taste of Lititz was the toast of the town last Friday, as an estimated crowd of 3,000 attended the celebration of local fare. Food, live music and art dominated the night, and Nino Elia stirring paella at Zest! was one of the many attractions.

There were hunks of bacon on sticks and deftly carved mango flowers. Spanish shrimp paella was being stirred in a huge pan while the good times rolled with mini New Orleans-style shrimp po’boys.

There were more than 25 reasons to say “yum” at the annual Taste of Lititz block party June 3.

It wasn’t just about food. There was bowling in the street, a massive drum circle, classic dinner music from the Warwick High School Orchestra, an art show with food-themed paintings, crafts for kids, local wines, craft beers, and a band that channeled Buffalo Springfield and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Sponsored by Moravian Manor and Warwick Woodlands, Taste of Lititz was a two-block block party with food and fun. From Lititz square to the Lititz Museum, East Main Street was a non-stop celebration of food that included sweet Madeleine cookies, pomegranate tea, barbecued brisket sandwiches, chocolate scones, lobster mac and cheese, chilled strawberry basil soup, crab bacon dip with pretzels, gluten free carrot cake, and pork tacos.

At Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant’s stand, Letitia was transforming fresh mangos into blossoms with a few expert knife strokes. Then she squeezed fresh lime juice and a dash of spicy ground chili pepper for a sweet and savory treat on a stick.

Nino Elia stirred shrimp paella with simmered rice and shrimp at the Zest! stand. Shrimp was on center stage with Spill’s tasty po’boy bites that had seasoned shrimp served on bread rounds with lettuce and remoulade. Appalachian Brewing offered a taste of Vietnam with bahn mi sandwiches with pork, cucumber, pickled vegetables and cilantro on French bread.

Max Carr was enjoying a bacon-lover’s indulgence from Rooster Street Butcher. It was a thick slab of cured bacon on a stick that was grilled with brown sugar. He had promised to share it with his family, but seemed reluctant to give it up.

“We have lots of events, along with the food,” said Donna Felton, member of the Taste of Lititz committee. “There’s silly seconds, the duck project, original artwork, a family drum circle and bowling right here on Cedar Street.”

Musical entertainment was provided by Matt Wenger and Jeff Bragg, Tonic for Dogma, the Lititz Community Band, and Melvin and the Overtones.

Food and drink were also provided by Café Chocolate, JoBoy’s Brewery, Bulls Head Pub, Scooter’s, Tomato Pie Café, Renewal Kombucha, A Tea Affair, Isabella’s Ice Cream, Isaac’s Deli, JB Kelly Seafood, Julius Sturgis Pretzels, Roma Pizza, Stargazer Winery, Sugar Whipped Bakery, Waltz Vineyards, and Dragonfly Café.

All proceeds from Taste of Lititz support the downtown improvement efforts of Venture Lititz.

Laura Knowles is a local freelance feature writer and photographer, and a regular contributor to the pages of the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback at lknowles21@gmail.com.

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