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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2:00 pm | Updated: 8:46 pm, Tue May 27, 2014.

The entertainment scheduled for Thursday’s 9th Annual Taste of Northfield has Ray Coudret’s stamp of approval.

Coudret, a musician in his own right, believes that taking the entertainment aspect of the annual downtown Northfield festival that features delicious food and beverages from local businesses and many children’s activities to a new level will only draw more people to an “already fantastic event.”

Coudret said that the idea behind signing Chad Johnson, Barb Piper, Relativity (featuring Toby and Sandy Jensen) and the band Why Not? (featuring Carey Langer) as the entertainment lineup in the beer tent was to get more people involved in the annual downtown event.

“By having a variety of acts, we hope to draw a variety of people,” said Coudret, who is on the Taste entertainment committee. “There will be a huge variety of song selections and styles. All four are people you will want to see. I’ve never seen a show with all four of these acts together.”

Taste of Northfield has been called a downtown block party and a big downtown picnic, among other things. Food is king as several Northfield restaurants offer food and drinks from their menus.

Organizers like those monikers as they feel they accurately describe the feeling Northfielders have when they come downtown and around Bridge Square, including Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza along the Cannon River, to take in the popular festival.

Jerry Bilek, the president of the Northfield Downtown Development Corp., says the 2014 version of Taste will not only feature more entertainment on two stages (beer tent and on the Showmobile), it looks as though Northfielders will have better weather than in the past (one year had to be postponed because of heavy rainfall). He’s also excited about added activities for children and families.

“There’s a lot going on,” said Bilek, owner of Monkey See, Monkey Read in downtown Northfield. “We enhanced the entertainment and added more food vendors and activities for kids and families to keep it fresh. I think the town really enjoys this event. I look at this and all of the events and festivals and culturally they just enhance our town.”

According to the release sent out by the NDDC, performances on the City of Northfield Showmobile will be by long-time favorites Anna Marie Mitchell and The Bridge Square Band.

There also will be a bank raid by the James-Younger Gang, and new this year, there will be a local talent show from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Showmobile stage.

Local restaurants will be set up around Bridge Square and the Wine and Beer Garden will be on the Legacy Plaza next to the Cannon River.

For kids and families, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership will be offering Rain Barrel Painting and BikeNorthfield will be providing bike tire repair hands-on training. The popular MOM Brands’ Create-A-Snack is also back again this year. All of the kids’ activities will be located together on Water Street, between the post office and the riverside park.

“We really like to bring visitors to Northfield and residents to downtown and give them a ‘taste’ of our great town,” said NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier. “The Taste is a community-scaled event that highlights local food, local music, and local fun and has something for everyone.”

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  • Thehuntison posted at 8:16 pm on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    Thehuntison Posts: 406

    Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."

  • Thehuntison posted at 4:11 pm on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    Thehuntison Posts: 406

    Well there you are ya little bugger!! Who ya pickin on now with you irrational thoughts? Shoot, gotta admit I dont know much about this argument but give me time to research it,and I will bring back the real facts!!

  • Ofsilence posted at 2:49 pm on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    Ofsilence Posts: 559

    I was wondering about the "over saturation" of this as well. I was thinking about going until I found the list of vendors and realized that these are all establishments I already go to on a regular basis so it's not like there's anything new going on in regards to new food items for locals to try out.

    I can see the appeal to make this a family night out since it looks like the event is heavily catering to this crowd.

    The River Walk Arts Fair has its own niche since the vendors seem to change every year and a lot of people that run booths are regular people just trying to sell their wares as a hobby. I dont see any harm in this.

  • steakholder posted at 12:52 pm on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    steakholder Posts: 1366

    My understanding is that Water Street was shut down all day yesterday, it''ll be shut down all day today, and most of tomorrow.

    Apparently , at least according to the NDDC director we have a parking problem downtown,l but it doesn't seem to matter if we lose 60 parking spots for three days.

    This seems like a lot of disruption for a 5 hour event to raise money for the NDDC

    I missed it, but I guess the city council must have approved essentially turning this into a 3 day event, because that's how long water street is closed?

    Also....it used to be that the reenactment was special, because they only did at DJJD. Now it's done how many times a year?

    We have a riverwalk arts fair evey weekend...

    We Know from the NDDC publishing the U of M extensions study of retail that most of the people going down to these things are local

    So at what point are we essentially over saturating the market?

    Should we have 5 DJJDays, or just one? 8 Reenactmets, or 1 15 art fairs, or two?

    How much do I have to go downtown, and how much money do I have to spend downtown before it's enough?

  • steakholder posted at 8:15 am on Wed, May 28, 2014.

    steakholder Posts: 1366

    In case anyone doesn't realize it, this is why we're drawing up plans to spend 1.5 million dollars on Bridge Square.

    So Taste of Northfield has more room. Let's see, the NDDC is our partner right, ...like how we're partnering with the Skateboard Coalition in town to make a skateboard park..

    (partnership means they have to contribute money)

    So as our partner, how much is the NDDC/Taste of Northfield contributing towards the remodeling of bridge square?

    Oh, what's that you say, we already give THEM money? $35,000 a year and in kind donations for Taste of Northfield? So they can use it as a fundraiser to raise more money for the NDDC?



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