Taste of Troy returns to downtown Saturday

With organizers’ inability to close the entire Public Square to accommodate the day’s usual offerings of food, entertainment and artists, the 2011 Taste of Troy was scaled back to exclude the artists. They, instead, had a new showcase in Troy Main Street’s Streets Alive event unveiled in 2011.

The response was positive, said Karin Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street, the downtown advocacy group behind both Taste of Troy and Streets Alive.

With the bridge still closed, this year’s Sept. 15 Taste of Troy again will focus on food and entertainment. The artists were featured during a Streets Alive event on Aug. 31.

“We will probably continue to keep the art and the food separate when the bridge reopens. The restrictions posed by the bridge helped give birth to a new event,” Manovich said. Live music will be showcased on Prouty Plaza throughout the day.

New this year will be downtown’s Unrefined Café, which offers homemade items from scratch; Kuzzinz’ Bar and Grill, located north of Troy on County Road 25A; and Tin Roof, also off County Road 25A. Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. returns after a year off.

“The thing that always amazes me about this event is Troy has so many independent restaurants … and the majority are downtown,” Manovich said. “This event is just underscoring what downtown already is known for: being a dining destination.”

LaPiazza again will offer wine tasting and The Caroline beer tasting, both on their patios.