Visitors to the 2012 Perry Chalk Art Festival can rest assured that both their fine art and their fine foods requirements will be fully met with the return of “Taste of Summer” to this year’s event. Taste of Summer takes place in downtown Perry from noon to 3pm on July 14th. Festival-goers can sample succulent seasonal dishes inspired by local, in-season ingredients simply by purchasing “Taste” tickets at participating restaurants and other outlets.
Jacquie Billings Barlow of the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge is the event coordinator. “This year’s Taste of Summer features seven restaurants, two wineries, and an herbal tea maker,” states Billings Barlow. “We’ve also expanded our event by an hour to better accommodate our guests and chalk artists.”
According to Barlow, a $1 Taste ticket purchases a sample of each dish. “For your ticket, you will get a one or two bite meal from each chef. We’ll have appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts, with each dish showcasing the signature design of its culinary creator. It’s an exciting opportunity for diners to experience the work of our region’s most talented chefs in one beautiful and festive outdoor setting.”
Participating restaurants include the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge, Piffard’s Yard of Ale, Natural Oasis of Rochester, Questa Lasagna and Rainy Days Café and Bakery in Mount Morris, The Club at Silver Lake, and the Glen Iris Inn of Castile. Samples of locally made beverages will be available from Lakewood Vineyards, Standing Stone Vineyards and from Garden Faerie Creations, an herbal tea maker.
Perry designer Scott Safford will return to enhance the tented event with festive elements, and the elegant setting will be complete with a musical performance by Derek Rechberger.
“I have personally experienced the culinary talents of these chefs,” states Billings Barlow, “and know that you will enjoy what they create for the Taste of Summer!”
Pre-sale tickets are available at $15 for 20 Taste tickets at participating restaurants, at the Perry Town Hall, and on-line via PayPal at www.perrychalkfestival.com ($.75 surcharge per ticket applies). Tickets can also be purchased at $20 for 20 tickets on the day of the event.
The Perry Chalk Art Festival will be held from 8:30am to 4:00pm in downtown Perry, New York on July 14th. Festival-goers can enjoy the temporary outdoor works of an estimated 35 professional artists, cheer on teen artists competing for prizes, marvel over the creations of the featured chalk artist or chalk their own square in the Festival’s Chalk Quilt.
There will be music from Kelly’s Old Timers, Creek Bend and Emerald Isle, demonstrations, projects and activities for kids and delicious homegrown produce and unique gifts at the extended Farmers’ Market and Perry Public Market. Other dining options, including the Perry United Methodist Church Chicken Barbecue and many food vendors will also be available.
This special event is made possible through generous contributions from the Village and Town of Perry, from the Perry Chamber of Commerce and from local businesses, volunteers and organizations. The event was also was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Post, photos courtesy of Meghan Hauser.