The 15th annual Taste of Thornton Township will once again bring families and friends together and offers something for everyone to enjoy. The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 outside Thornton Township’s offices, has been entertaining south suburban and Chicago area residents for years. This year features more than a dozen local food vendors, crafts, free kids’ rides, bingo and live music with headliners Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.
“This is a great community event that really brings people together,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township supervisor. “We believe it’s important as a township to have families from all over our area come for a full day of activities that everyone can enjoy from kids’ programs to live music. What I like about this event is we have local businesses supporting us so it really feels like everyone is working together to put on a great Taste of Thornton Township.
“We feature a special breakfast with superheroes and princesses. For children two to nine-years old, the event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. So come and hang out with Spiderman, Princess Tiana and others.” Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 1-708-596-6040 ext. 3168.
For adults there will be live music throughout the day and more than 30 food and craft vendors.
The event takes place at 333 E. 162nd St. in South Holland. Parking and shuttle service will be available from South Suburban Community College.
Here are just a few of the food vendors.
Smoothies N Such – 55 E. Randolph St., Chicago
An all-natural smoothie pop café, the vision is to enlighten people about health and nutrition, and to offer junk food alternatives that are tasty, but not harmful to the body.
The Funnel Cake Man – South Holland, IL
The Funnel Cake Man puts a whole new twist on the original carnival snack. They haven’t shied away from classic funnel cake with ice cream but added peach cobbler as well as a gluten free option!
William’s Catering – 253 E. 159th Street, Harvey, IL
An inspiring story of a man who completely turned his life around and turned his passion into a career. Chef William Echols describes his Mediterranean cuisine as “farm fresh to plate.”
Good Burger – 634 Burnham Ave., Calumet City, IL
Good Burger has everything from a classic American burger to soul food. Their menu also includes finger food like onion rings but most importantly they have snow cones in over 5 flavors.
Idella’s Chicago Style Popcorn – 3328 W. 159th St., Markham, IL
This Markham located business has classic Chicago style popcorn but also constructs them into creative party favors for everything from weddings to baby showers
Keeta’s Kookies – The motto “Gourmet cookies with that homemade taste” says a lot about Keeta’s Kookies. The cookies are baked with love and packaged with decorative ribbons! They not only taste great but also look it.
Kingdom Krunch – South Holland’s own gourmet snack shop.
L J Concessions – Delicious elephant ears and a wide variety of fountain drinks
Amazing Grace – Infamous turkey legs paired with the usual corn and potatoes.
Nacho Citi – Markham located restaurant with delicious nachos.
CC’s Cary Catering – This South Holland catering company offers everything from catfish to ribs for any number of people.
I-94 Ribs & Soul Food – 236 E. 164th St., South Holland, IL
Its name proclaiming its location this South Holland restaurant offers some great ribs and rib tips.
Coleman’s Concessions – Located in LaGrange this concession stand themed business offers everything from hot dogs and fries to burgers and cheesy nachos. They started ten years ago and their fresh cut French fries are their bread and butter.
St. Victor’s Parish/Mexican Club – Located in Calumet City, they offer an authentic Mexican influenced cuisine with fresh steak tacos and corn in a cup.