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Residents, guests get a real Taste of Bellwood

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Sherise DuBose

BELLWOOD |  By the endless sea of residents and visitors who took to the streets in the Village of Bellwood, the 1st Annual Taste of Bellwood might be measured no less a massive success than Chicago’s festival franchise Lollapolooza.

Mayor Andrea Harvey hit a homerun, according to residents and vendors.  “We’ve been killing it [vendor sales] all day,” Bob

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by Anzaldi said.  The co-proprietor of Minchia Meats Honey Hot Boneless of Melrose Park added, “We’re on track to do what we’ve done at other similar events.”

Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey said the two-day event, which started on Saturday, Aug. 5 and commenced along Washington Blvd. (between Eastern and 25th Avenues), was the best attended event of its kind in nearly two decades.

In an interview with West Suburban Journal, Harvey described himself post Taste of Bellwood, “more than satisfied” and “delighted with the results of the 1st Annual Taste.”  Harvey estimates about 5,000 people in the two-day span attended the event.  Among the activities for Taste

-goer’s young and old were amusement rides, the antique car show, the Jesse White Tumblers, a Gospel music concert, and ample food and beverage supplied by local vendors.

Sylvia Hiner, owner of Hillside-based MaSyls Delights, said her banana pudding was a real crowd-pleaser.  Her other sweets for sale included chocolate cake and caramel candies.  Hiner said the Taste gave her business good exposure by allowing her to showcase samples to people from a variety of walks and locations.

G.W. Skipper, of Skipper’s Clippers Beauty and Barber Salon, 236 Mannheim Rd. in Bellwood, was on hand Sunday introducing patrons to the Carol Skipper Hair Care System, a natural hair care line of organic shampoos, conditioners and leave-in hair treatments.

Harvey said that along with over a dozen consumer vendors, the event also featured non-merchant vendors, including governmental bodies and the local school districts 88 and 209.  Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle joined the village and Harvey in the Taste kick-off celebration.  “It was my great pleasure to attend the Taste of Bellwood, meet and speak with residents, and spend time with Mayor Andre Harvey. Bellwood has a bright future and we look forward to collaborative efforts between the village and Cook County.” Preckwinkle said.

Harvey said the Taste was for many residents nostalgic. “People in the neighborhood said the event felt like a family reunion.”  Harvey added, “There were people who came out that haven’t seen each other in years… who reconnected with old friends.”  According to Harvey, plans for the 2018 Taste are in motion.  “This is the humble beginning of many more [Taste’s] to come, because residents deserve it.” Harvey said.

Photos Village of Bellwood

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