ROSELLE – Thirty-two years ago, the Taste of Roselle was a simple street dance for local residents.
It since has grown to include the bells and whistles of a full-fledged festival, but it remains rooted in tradition. The event still is in the heart of the city, the downtown area, and it still is a celebration by residents and for residents.
“For over 30 years, the Taste of Roselle has been the Roselle community’s ‘hometown block party,’” Taste of Roselle Chairman Jake Tumminaro said. “There is always something for everyone, and you are bound to see some of your friends and neighbors in the mix along Main Street,”
The 32nd annual Taste of Roselle will be Friday to Sunday at the corner of Main and Prospect streets.
“The Taste of Roselle supports local businesses, local bands and is made possible by local volunteers,” Taste of Roselle Publicity Chairwoman Kathie Fitzpatrick said.
More than 20 food vendors will offer dishes including pizza, Italian ice and egg rolls. New vendors include Cape May Crab Cake Factory and Toasty Cheese Mobile Factory.
“Whatever your taste in food may be,” Fitzpatrick said, “the Taste of Roselle will certainly satisfy.”
This year, international visitors will come from Roselle’s sister city, Bochnia, Poland, to attend the Taste.
More than 50 crafters will sell jewelry, dog treats, lawn art and more. Several area bands will perform rock, pop and folk music.
Taste-goers can meet members of local organizations, clubs, churches and businesses at information booths along Main Street between Prospect and Park streets. The police and fire departments will provide safety tips and information for families and will have a child seat safety check and seat belt demonstration, a first aid station and a Special Olympics booth.
The Roselle Park District will hold a bags tournament and a three-on-three basketball tournament in the Roselle Public Library parking lot off Park Street. Participants must preregister for both activities by calling 630-894-4200.
Also in the library parking lot, Trinity Lutheran Church will sponsor a teen inflatable joust tournament, as well as a bounce house for kids. The church will sponsor youth karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, as well.
The Taste of Roselle is independently funded. Profits from the event are donated toward community projects the government can no longer support. In the past, the event has assisted in providing energy-efficient lighting on Main Street and raising money for the Roselle Public Library, the Roselle Historical Foundation and the Roselle Park District.