The second annual Taste of Great Falls drew even more residents out to try the myriad local restaurants than it did in its inaugural run last year. The event, organized by the Great Falls Business and Professional Association, was held on the Green at the Village Center. Neighbors and friends picnicked and enjoyed the culinary delights offered by more than a dozen restaurants.
ÒThis has actually been great. We got to eat a wonderful lunch, and the kids had pizza, which they always enjoy. ItÕs been a beautiful day to be outside, to people-watch and connect,Ó said Karen Grimes.
The day was so successful that some restaurants ran out of food before the close of the event, even though they had brought twice as much food as it was anticipated they needed. Chez Francois was one of the first tents to run out of food after diners clamored to taste the exclusive French cuisine.
ÒWe are thrilled. It is exactly, exactly what we want to continue building in Great Falls. That is that it is a small town and to preserve the character of the small town,Ó said one of the organizers, Jorge Adeler.
Cathy Glasgow attended the Taste of Great Falls with several classmates from Langley High School. ÒItÕs been pretty good. I went around and tried some food,Ó said Glasgow, who professed the pizza was the best thing there.
Event organizers created an old-fashioned Autumn picnic atmosphere by placing pumpkins and hay bales throughout the grounds to give people a place to rest and enjoy the fare. Children of all ages took delight in thumping the pumpkins and knowing that Halloween is just around the corner and they will soon be back at the Village Center collecting bags of candy from the merchants.