ADDISON — Taste Addison has been a 21-year institution. The three-day family-friendly festival included dozens of restaurant chains, but also local establishments, plus music and entertainment for all ages.
But that event as we know it is no more.
The town announced Monday that it is time for Taste Addison to evolve. This May, it will host instead a new culinary fest called Fork & Cork – A Celebration of Taste.
This will be a two-day event for ages 21 and up only. The focus this time is more chef-centric, with food and drink being provided by what the town called some of the top restaurants in the area.
There will be cooking classes and music, and while some we talked to say they’ll check it out, they’re disappointed to lose Taste Addison.
"I was a little shocked," said Elizabeth Bell of neighboring Carrollton. "I'm surprised. I don’t know why they would change it."
Her family attended Taste for years. She said the age limit is the most surprising change.
“Even young people that have little kids, you can’t enjoy walking up and down Belt Line Road trying the food and having a good time,” she said.
This also means local sports bars like Addison Point will no longer be part of the party. The restaurant has served food at Taste Addison for years, and Manager Jacob Ott said they counted on that event to bring in more business.
"We’re going to be very disappointed not do it because it gave us a time to be very busy, especially with Kaboomtown following it," Ott said.
The town said the change aims to meet the needs and wants of people who live in, work in, and visit Addison.
Fork & Cork is set for May 16 and 17.