The heck with state fair food. The Taste of Woodbury will have much better food to choose from, and it’s food visitors can get all year long.
With somewhere around 20 vendors already signed up, and more still coming in, the Taste of Woodbury is a showcase of many of the community’s restaurants, according to Taste of Woodbury chairperson Kim Swanson.
All of the vendors will be placed under a giant tent at Ojibwe Park, and will be open for the duration of Woodbury Days, Swason said. While many of the same, long-time vendors are coming back, this year will offer a few new vendors. Plus, for the first time ever, the taste of Woodbury has been opened up to food truck vendors -- without the trucks, that is -- who will bring in their specialized fare, too.
Generally, Swanson said, the vendors offer a nice mix of food, from pizza to ribs, and popsicles to sushi.
“The goal is to have about 22 to 24 vendors,” Swanson said. “It’s just really a chance for them to showcase what we have here and what we do in Woodbury, and hopefully feed people a lot of really excellent food.”
Generally, about 30,000 people make their way down to Woodbury Days, she said, and a good portion of those folks stop in to visit the Taste of Woodbury at one time or another. Hours at the Taste are 4-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
While Woodbury Days offers a number of free events, the vendors do charge for their food. However, many vendors offer discounts if visitors are wearing their Woodbury Days button, Swanson said.
Buttons can be purchased for $5 at businesses around Woodbury prior to Woodbury Days, or $6 at Ojibwe Park during the city celebration. The buttons also get visitors into the events at Woodbury Days for free.
Swanson hopes to see many residents out for Woodbury Days, and the Taste of Woodbury, again this year.
“I just really want people to come out and enjoy the food and support their local businesses,” she said. “Many of these vendors are at Woodbury Days the entire time. II think it’s really important to show them that we support them.”