Celebrate start of summer at Taste of Rockford!
The third annual Taste of Rockford, the official start of the Rockin Rockford summer festival season, is kicking off from 4 p.m. to midnight this Friday, June 20, and 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, June 21, in the Forest Plaza (Media Play) parking lot. Presented by the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce and First Northern Credit Union, this annual event showcases fabulous fare from a variety of area restaurants, entertainment from top regional bands and entertainers, and much more.
Friday night, join the crowd for Rockford favorite, the Fabulous Janes, who will kick off the Taste with a 9 p.m. show. Tres Elliot will open for the Janes at 6 p.m.
Sample distinctive creative menu items from 21 area restaurants, in addition to the traditional festival fare of burgers, brats and barbecue.
Saturday is packed with fun things to do for the family. Mr. Stevethe pied piper of local kidswill perform his crowd-pleasing show, Jubilee Theatre will do a selection from the new production, Follies, Steppin Out, and Kamokunani Hula Halai will entertain the crowd Hawaiian style.
Saturday evening will take a country focus as Working Class and Stampede take to the stage.
Entertainment schedule is as follows: Friday4 p.m., gates open; 6 p.m., Tres Elliot; 9 p.m., The Fabulous Janes; midnight, gates close. Saturday11 a.m.gates open; 1:30 p.m., Mr. Steve; 2:30 p.m., Jubilee Theatres Follies, Steppin Out; 3:30 p.m., Kamokumani Hula Halai; 8:30 p.m., Stampede; midnight, gates close.
Ticket prices are $4 (cover both Friday and Saturday). Children 12 and under are free. Advanced tickets are now available at First Northern Credit Union and the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce. For event information, please call Annie at 987-8100, ext. 137.
Presenting sponsor is First Northern Credit Union. Supporting sponsors are: AAT Infrared, Inc.; Collier RV Center, Inc.; Cumulus Broadcasting97ZOK, Q98.5, Oldies 96.7 and WROK AM 1440; ECOWATER Systems; Gordon Food Service; LaMonica Beverages, Inc.; Lorden Distribution Company; Pepsi-Cola of Rockford; Rock River Ford; Simon Property Group; TDS Metrocom; Velasco and Associates; WTVO Channel 17.