WESB on Facebook
If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love on July 24th. Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 67th Annual Art in the Park and the 26th Annual Taste of Olean on July 24, from 11 AM – 5 PM at the new location of War Veterans Park, 551 East State Street, Olean. The Taste Of Olean, co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 49 corporate sponsors provides an affordable and enjoyable festival in a socially responsible manner for families of the greater Olean area, enhances the quality of life in Olean, and promotes downtown. The Taste of Olean is a festival filled with great food and entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Pay as you eat!
THE TASTES — The restaurants will present “tastes” of foods, not whole meals or sandwiches – smaller portions with affordable costs between 50 cents and $3.50. Restaurants are encouraged to promote their famous dishes, to introduce a new menu item or a specialty drink. Restaurants that will be appearing at the Taste include:
Maple Ridge Bison Ranch, Inc. — Bison Slider Burger, Bison Kabobs, and a Hickory Smoked Bison roast Slider;
Ann Marie’s Homemade — traditional Baklava, flavored Baklava, coffee, and cookies;
Certo Brothers Distributing and Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce — Ellicottville Brewing Co. blueberry and Hamburg Sweet Tang on draught Yuengling, Miller Lite and Coors Light cans
Sinfully Delicious — fried dough, funnel cakes, churros, sundaes and more!
Robyn & Ravyn’s — menu TBA;
JCC Alumni Association — Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Iced Tea, Water.
Also their ‘semi-famous’ popcorn will be popped and served up for all to enjoy!
Brothers Bistro — Chicken Curry over rice, Coconut Grouper with caramel sauce, and Hummus and pita bread;
Hammer Back Bar & Grill — Texas Chicken Fried Steak, HammerBack Burrito, Rafis Texas Hot, and HammberBack Chips n’ Salsa. Also enjoy a fruit smoothie!
Sanzo Beverage and Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce — two of Four Mile Brewing Co. Draught, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Ultra and Southern Tier Brewing Cans.
Tandoor — Beef Vindaloo, Garlic or Plain Naan, Butter Chicken, and Samosas and Rice;
Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino — Chocolate and Peanut Butter Decadence
Parfaits and Cannoli Pizzelle;
Four Mile Brewing Co. — Jackfruit BBQ, Fish Tacos and a Little Bit of Cuba! (Their beers will also be at the Taste!);
Mirchi Bar-N-Grill — Butter Chicken over rice, Chicken Curry over rice, Gyro plate, and Crab Cake. Also, they will be serving up mango or strawberry lassi;
THE ARTS — Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) held in conjunction with the Taste, is a juried fine arts show with a long standing tradition of showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The artists include: Kumbha Moon Soap; Kay Brooks; Dutch Hill Pottery; Bev Fehringer; Pinnacle Pottery; Eileen Weishan; Danette Wightman; Laura McCormick; Maria Welka; Southern Tier Symphony; Miranda Turner; John Balacki; Jennifer Mutton Topliffe; Theresa Heinz; Michael Weishan
Cindy Pascatore, Daniel Gonska, Sandy Pickert, and Mary Kay Worth. Three awards will be presented: Best of Show; Best New Entry; and Best Presentation.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS — The music never stops with Theater Workshop of Olean lining up continuous entertainment. It will include the songs from the production of Little Mermaid; Olean Area Irish Dancers; Bent Brass Ensemble; Olean Theatre Workshop; Neighborhood School of Dance; Nancy Hefti Select Students; and Olean Community Theater.
FAMILY FUN — The Taste is a festival for the entire family. Olean Family YMCA will bring their bounce house and slider with all-you-can-bounce wristbands for $5 each. The Girl Scouts of Western NY and the Arts Council will have kids’ activity. Eric Jones will be drawing some complimentary caricatures from 1:30-4:30 PM and Balloon Lady Design will create balloon animals from 12 – 3 PM. Colonial Radio Group/The Mountain will be down with a live remote from 12:30-2:30 PM.
TASTY RAFFLES – Five dollars gives you 20 chances to win gift certificates to area restaurants, the newest Santa Claus Lane ornament, Southern Tier Diesel and Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby tickets and more!
NEW THIS YEAR – Genesee Valley Central School will bring their ROBO-JAGs to the Taste of Olean. The team creates robots that are then entered into competitions. The robots will be on hand at the event. The William O. Smith Recreation Center swimming pool will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. and will have FREE admission courtesy of the GOACC’s 50 Corporate Sponsors. The City of Olean Youth & Rec Staff will be hosting Basketball Challenges and games during the Taste on the basketball courts!
MARKETPLACE at the TASTE — The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association will showcase local food and catalog vendors during a new event, Marketplace @ The Taste. Vendors include Lularoe, Dom’s Butcher Block, Initial Outfitters, Don’s Air Brush, Gourmet Creations, and D’Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars and more!
WALL OF FAME PRESENTATION — The winners of the Taste of Olean Hospitality Awards will be recognized during the Taste of Olean, 1:45 PM under the big tent down at War Veterans Park. The tenth class of inductees is: John and Karol Long, Anthony Fratercangelo, and the late James ‘Jim” Hastas. Past inductees to the Hospitality Wall of Fame include: Guerino “Butch” Butchello and Chef Anthony Lentola from the Castle Restaurant; Chef Pasquale “Patsy” Piccioli; John Sawaya; Sr.; Carl Iseman; Louis and Nancy Giannechini; Lucia “Lou” Bardenett; William “Bill” Augostini; Quinto and Dora Bagazzoli; Nicholas “Nick” Fratarcangelo; Louis Marra; Daniel Fessenden, Robert Styles, Tony Bassano, Jim McAfee, Neil and Denis Goodemote; Paul and Mary Psathas; Anthony Zampogna; James Pappas; Lou Russo; Nick Livoto; Steve Hollowell; Jackie Attard; John Malara; Richard Marcus; Louis V., ‘Little Louie,’ Marra; Eugene Stopha, Jack Coffey, Louis Frungillo Sr., Richard ‘Richie’ Piccioli, Joe Marra, MarLayn Robinson, John ‘Mac’ Sue, and Tom Weatherell.
For more information on the Taste of Olean, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email email@example.com.
VFW Auxiliary “Christmas in July” Noon – 6 pm Vendor Fair and cookout, VFW Events Center, 94 Barbour Street. Sunday only Noon – 6 pm. Free Admission, kid friendly. Over 20 vendors with specials and door prizes. Cookout foods and soft drinks available all day. Summer Santa appearance around 2:00 pm with some cool treats for the kiddos! Parking available on Barbour St. in Stoney North Lot, Please use Barbour Street entrance.
Doors open at 6; games start at 7 p.m.
A story and a craft to spark your child’s imagination before bedtime.