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Taste of Chicago 2009 gets underway

By Natasha Roman

The Taste of Chicago is back. It starts today at 11 a.m. in Grant Park.

As one of the country's largest food festivals, Chicagoans and tourists alike look forward to sampling some of the best cuisine the city has to offer, but this year the Taste is slimming down. According to WGN Radio, there will only be 54 food vendors this year compared to last year's 63.

Festival organizers say vendor participation decreased in an effort to better control city traffic and was not related to the economy.

Per, all 54 food vendors are required by the city to "serve a minimum of two 'taste-of" portions,'" as part of the festival's emphasis on healthy eating. Some vendors will even team up with festival sponsor Humana, and display a "Healthy Choices" logo on their tents to promote the cause.

The Twitterverse doesn't seem to mind any of the changes. It's been buzzing about the return of the Taste of Chicago since yesterday.

  1. John Rigney
    aeturnus In the louisville airport on the way to The Taste of Chicago!
  2. Tammy Mz Coco Bryant
    MissCocoT Im ready to be in Chicago TODAY for the taste of Chicago....I cant wait for Friday!
  3. Jason Sicat
    jay_sicat Taste of Chicago opens up tomorrow, gimme gimme food and hot sweaty weather.
  4. Laurelle S.
    QueenLS im ready to hit up da Taste of Chicago tomorrow...FINALLY GEESH!!!
  5. XtremeNights
    XtremeNights So excited we are loading the plane for a trip to Chicago for the taste of Chicago starting this weekend!!!! Come and join us!!! FOOD!!
  6. Mindi Capp
    MCapp22 Stocked up on tickets for Taste of Chicago today! Get them ahead of time at Dominick's to avoid the lines and get a discount! Woot!
  7. Rosalee Inendino
    RoroGoNono sitting at school not doing work, but salivating at the potential for Taste of Chicago eatings for tomorrow...mmmmmm
  8. Ciara
    ciaramichelle Checking out all the booths for Taste of Chicago... I need to be prepared!
  9. Erin L. Thiele
    erinlthiele @spickney cool! Thanks. We're definitely hitting up Taste of Chicago. Love it!!!
  10. prisnBfan2
    prisnBfan2 waiting for the taste of chicago to start this weekend!

Here's some of the first Taste tweets today.

  1. falana bradford
    faliec getting ready to take my kids to the taste of chicago
  2. Chicago Sherpa
    funsherpa Prevent food coma, go early! Taste of Chicago opens today, 11am $8/strip of 12 food/drink tix. Grant Park, can't miss this!
  3. Home Run Inn
    HomeRunInn Anyone attending the Taste today? Check out HRI at Booth 23 and tweet us your experience!
  4. Fab Ricia
    MzFabRicia THE TASTE starts today....who going with me????? I wanna eat up everything;-P

@janrx posted this TwitPic of the soon-to-open scene, which he encountered along his bike path:


Related link: Taste tips for parents at Wee Windy City

Are you going to Taste? Tweet your thoughts from the event or afterward to @BTChicago. We'll be compiling tweets as the event goes on.



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