-Feastin' at locals favorite festivals
In a land where food and festivals are a plenty and thus food festivals are a weekly happening when its not winter there are too many too choose from. The list goes on and on but whenever I'm asked my favorite, some people are shocked to learn it is not the Taste of Chicago which has outgrown me but rather the Taste of Melrose Park. That's right the Western suburb long with a history of Italian Americans and now also the home to many Mexican Americans puts out Chicagolands best food fest. Its not hard to see why when you got those two ethnic culinary backgrounds prevalent in your area. Let me take you around the park during last years fest and suggest you make a real life appearance at it this years Taste of Melrose fiesta from September 3rd-5th, 2010.
The choices seem endless on food
Plenty of pasta for the people
The Taste of Melrose dates back to the 70's and features over 70 different food vendors except these arent restaurants or the same food stands you see at every festival. These are for the most part, families dishing out their recipes that have been around for generations. It makes for a unique festival with a few thousand people and plenty of hearty and wholesome divine food items to eat. Another great part to this festival are the prices. Everything runs from $2-$3 per item. Pictured below are some of my favorite items from the past and a few new ones I tried out last year. I always have to get the artichoke casserole and a fried bologna sandwich or two.
My favorite non meat dish out there, they've been here since the start
best part is the items go fast and thus they are always hot out the oven
Always a favorite of mine to eat
another new favorite non meat dish
zucchini stuffed with cream cheese
Maybe this might be my new non meat dish undisputed champ...
The most beautiful servers...
...and great pasta
Cant get enough
What beholds inside?
The best three bucks you'll spend this year
Baked stuffed clam
fried peperoni bread...great kids serving it up at this booth
The Silciliano's old fashioned fried bologna sandwich is a must get item
Scatchell's stuffed pepper sandwich
neckbones in gravy
Teriyaki steak on a stick
There is no doubt Mexican cuisine plays a major role in Melrose Park these days and there's a nice selection of it at the fest. Tacos, tamales and sugar treats are just a few of the items you'll find. Looking forward to trying more this year.
these tamales reminded me of the ones that made me love them
Whats a food fest without funnel cake?
But the star of the show each and every year are the Little Sister's of St. Charles and their amazing sfingi or Italian fried donuts. You will know where their booth is by where the biggest line is at. Don't you dare miss these treats or your belly and God himself will curse you to hell.
The best of the best and worth the trip alone. God Blessed y'all...
...and me with your fresh fried donuts
When hot out the fryer these are heavenly...
As always I saw quite a few characters and the whole squad on the grounds last year on opening night, but its the same as it ever was...best food fest in Chicagoland. You cant beat the free admission, the highest priced food item is $3, while everything else is $2 and the most expensive thing is the $4 Peroni's and 'Sconsin beer. I'm glad I made it back after a four year absence.
2010 Taste of Melrose Park
Sept. 3rd: 5p to 10p
Sept. 4th: Noon to 11p
Sept. 5th: noon to 11p