PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP)- Important, popular, and delicious.
“The Taste of Parkersburg is one of the premiere events for Downtown Parkersburg. It’s a wonderful food wine, beer festival that they put on and it brings out a great crowd for the City of Parkersburg. It truly exhibits a lot of our vendors that are here, local restaurants, breweries. So it’s a great place for people to come hang out for the evening as well as try some different things,” notes Justin Raber, the Title Sponsor of the 2019 Taste of Parkersburg.
Large crowds filled downtown last Saturday all looking to taste the city.
“We’re doing out local pork belly that we get here. We’re doing little sliders with our 304 barbecue made with our award winning 304 beer,” explains Sebastian Walker with Parkersburg Brewing Company.
“We have a range from dry whites to very fruity Lambrusco…I think that a wine program in a restaurant is very important. It makes food taste better,” adds Louis Jindra of Country Vendor of West Virginia.
The annual tradition displays local business at one of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s biggest social events of the year.
“For me personally, I think the best thing about this is that it does showcase locally owned and sourced restaurants and wineries. In a town that is very heavily reliant on chain restaurants and such, having an event that really showcases what the local community has to offer I think is a great thing to have. It’s definitely unique in our state and honestly, the nation,” Mike Lutz, Brunello Executive Chef.
“This event is super important for not only Parkersburg, but Wood County as a whole,” says Downtown PKB Chairman Lindsey Piersol. “People want quality of life events to enjoy. You can’t get much more exciting than down here. We have live music and great food and drinks. It gives people a chance to try all the food and wineries and beer vendors that they might not otherwise get to try. Plus, it’s just a great time to socialize and network with people throughout the community.”
If you couldn’t make it to the 2019 Taste of Parkersburg, it always takes place the first Saturday in June, so you can begin planning for next year.