Award-winning foods featured at Gourmet Alley
The 4th annual Gourmet Alley will tempt the taste buds, reward the senses and invigorate the epicureans in all of us, as gourmet vendors, chefs and artisans from throughout the Midwest gather to celebrate the culinary arts. With vendors, cooking demonstrations, and a chef cook-off, Gourmet Alley, held on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Davis Park, is an epicurean extravaganza for all ages!
Located in the historic River District in downtown Rockford, this gourmet outdoor market invites patrons to stroll the grounds of Davis Park along the Rock River, while sampling and purchasing world-class wines, award-winning salsas and sauces, sumptuous chocolates and cookies, craft beers, handmade cheeses, fresh herbs and produce, delicious dips and vinegars. In addition, Hoffman House Restaurant will serve lunch entrees in the Concessions Garden with the backdrop of the Rock River and live music, including harpist Lisa Miller and the sounds of Jodi Beach. The Childrens Garden will also provide children and families fun, inter-active activities for all to enjoy.
Moreover, chefs and cooking professionals will showcase helpful tips of the trade and culinary skills in the Cooking Corner. Cooking demonstrations will be highlighted, including the art of brewing wine and beer, and the 2002 Gourmet Alley Cook-Off will feature four area premier chefs as they compete for the title of the 2002 Gourmet Alley Chef of the Year. Watch chefs from Tonis of Winnebago, the River District Café, Parisis Restaurant, and The KINGs Table Café & Catering prepare delicious entrees with ingredients from the Gourmet Alley market. The Cook-Off begins at 1 p.m. with judging at 1:45 p.m.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $11 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at All The BrewHa at 929 S. Alpine Rd. #101, Crimson Ridge at 735 N. Perryville Rd., Fritchens Nursery & Gift Gallery at 4472 S. Mulford Rd., On The Waterfront, Inc. office at 308 W. State St., Suite 115. For more information, call (815) 964-4388 or visit www.onthewaterfront.com.