Discover Downtown

A Taste of Downtown in Review

Downtown Harrisonburg’s most delicious event, Taste of Downtown, kicked off on March 4th and was a huge success. In case you missed it, then you’re in luck! Taste of Downtown will be happening again August 12th through the 18th, so mark your calendars. What is Taste of Downtown, you ask? This mouth-watering event “showcases the diverse culinary culture of downtown Harrisonburg’s local restaurants – from Ethiopian to Greek to new Americana.”

Taste of Downtown encourages the community to come downtown and try out new restaurants and cuisines that they may not be familiar with. For March’s event, 22 restaurants and eateries (the largest participation for this event yet!) throughout downtown opened their doors and provided great specials, such as a Cuban-style burger, fries, and a glass of wine for $10 from Wine on Water or a three-course dinner and a glass of wine at the Joshua Wilton House for $39.

The March Taste of Downtown event also welcomed new businesses like PULP, Wine on Water, Kline’s, Court Square Coffee, and Capital Ale House to their line-up, and introduced a new category – “Sweets, Treats, and Other Eats.” Downtown Wine & Gourmet and Kline’s were featured in this category. Kline’s was “excited to be able to join with fellow downtown restaurants in the Taste of Downtown event” and to have the opportunity to promote their new item, “the Junior dip.” The Junior dip is the 4 oz. version of their customer favorite dips and is available in a cup or a cone for only $2.28! If you’re a Kline’s lover like myself, then you will definitely want to take advantage of this deal.

Jeremiah Young of Court Square Coffee decided to participate in Taste of Downtown because “as a member of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Court Square Coffee supports the continued development of downtown Harrisonburg. Taste of Downtown provides us an opportunity to support other downtown businesses and hopefully attract new customers.”

Jeremiah was most excited about Taste of Downtown bringing more people out to see what locally-owned downtown restaurants have to offer. He loves being a small business owner in downtown Harrisonburg because of the great community atmosphere. Jeremiah said that he has “met many interesting people and [is] thankful for [his] regular downtown customers. There is no place I would rather be!”

Katrina Hudy of Wine on Water was excited to be participating in Taste of Downtown to show the community their new additions. The business is carrying and tasting more wines than ever before, and their list of local vineyards and wine selections is continually growing. Wine on Water now has 20-24 wines available to taste and their “by the bottle” list is even longer! CubanBurger is the newest addition to the wine bar and will be preparing delicious gourmet tapas dishes to enjoy while wine tasting. Many ingredients used in the food preparation will be available for purchase in All Things Virginia, the store adjacent to Wine on Water.

Katrina’s favorite part of being downtown is “being surrounded by all of these amazing independent shops and restaurants. A town’s “Main Street” is what gives the area its flavor, and we hope [Wine on Water] adds to that. We are looking forward to creating many great partnerships and relationships with other downtown businesses that will hopefully help promote the whole downtown area.”

HDR is also thankful for Taste of Downtown’s March Media Sponsors – Comcast Spotlight, Digico, and WMRA-WEMC –  for their generous support of this event!

I hope that you all take advantage of this beautiful weather and discover downtown this week!

Kerri DeVries is the Visual + Social Media Intern for Spring 2012. She is a senior Media Arts & Design major at James Madison University. 

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