Thousands come out to Taste of Syracuse, even in the rain

Taste of Syracuse


or nearly 15 years, thousands have been coming out to Taste of Syracuse in Clinton Square. This festival is a way for people to sample different foods, drinks and cultures all in one place. For only a dollar you can have a piece of lamb, or sample some wine. Being able to taste many parts of Syracuse is just what brought out many even on this rainy weekend.

With thousands out, waiting in line to order food from dozens of local vendors, eager to get a taste of what places around Syracuse have to offer. They came prepared, umbrellas in hand, not letting a light rain keep them from enjoying the annual taste of Syracuse.

Pam Levine is the director for Taste of Syracuse. "The rain was horrible yesterday during load in that was tough, but today it has not been bad people came out. During lunch we had a huge lunch and people are still here. It doesn't seem to have dampened anything, they'll come out tonight for Marshall Tucker, they always do," says Levine. "This is a time when we can come together be as one, be a global community it doesn't matter if you're from Baldwinsville or Skaneateles or the south side of Syracuse. We can all come together and enjoy our community inexpensively."

Joe Todisco owns JJ's Miss Syracuse Diner and he was out today sampling his food. "It's been a circus atmosphere, it's been a lot of fun we hear all the music here, all the smells of the food. The food just smells all delicious no mater if it's coming from an Italian place, a Greek place, everything just meld it all together. That's what brings people down here. It's the opportunity to eat 20 different things for a dollar a piece. There's no where on Earth you can do that," says Todisco.

Food vendors from all different parts of Syracuse came together in Clinton Square, seeing the opportunity as a way to attract new customers, hoping they will come to their stores after getting a taste of what they offer under their tents.

Luke McNanui was out with his friends enjoying the festival today. "

We went to Dominick's and they had great chicken riggies. I also went to the fried oreos and the fried cannoli's that was great too

," says McNanui.