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Posted on Tue, May 28, 2013 : 1:45 p.m.

Taste of Ann Arbor coming to Main Street on Sunday, June 2

By Jessica Webster


Michigan Theater volunteer Katy Blackhall sells tickets during the annual Taste of Ann Arbor along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor in 2011.

Melanie Maxwell I file photo

Ann Arbor's Main Street will be bustling with the sights, sounds and smells of Taste of Ann Arbor Sunday, June 2. This annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street between William and Washington streets.

Area food fans are invited to sample dishes from more than 40 area restaurants, whose booths will line Main Street. The event is free, but tickets for food can be purchased for 50 cents each. Most dishes will be priced between four and six tickets.

Each year area restaurants put their best foot (and food) forward during Taste of Ann Arbor, hoping to wow customers at this outdoor event organized by the Main Street Area Association. A crew of local judges — including yours truly — is also tasked with crowning winners in a variety of categories, including best appetizer, entree, dessert, and overall best of show.

In addition to delicious food, there will be live music, courtesy of Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch concert series, with hosts Matthew Altruda from 107.1FM and Tim Adkins from iSPY magazine. Scheduled performers include Crane Wives, The Outer Vibe, Finer Things, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Dan Henig, and Keri Lynn Roche.

Kids will have fun with a booth from The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, and the Ann Arbor District Library will be on hand to sign school-aged children up for the library's annual summer reading program.

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for, a part of the MLive Media Group. Reach her at You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.



Wed, May 29, 2013 : 1:55 a.m.

One of my favorite "summer" activities in town. A fun and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy a variety of great food, and for my kids to indulge in the many dessert options.


Tue, May 28, 2013 : 11:18 p.m.

Good event. Restaurants should use this event as a showcase and put their best foot forward: modest prices, good quality and good portions. Restaurants perceived as not a good value will only lose future customers. Looking forward to enjoying the samples from some of the new places in town!


Tue, May 28, 2013 : 9:52 p.m.

Just as importantly, this event follows the Dexter-Ann Arbor run. So run, then eat!

Jessica Webster

Wed, May 29, 2013 : 3:42 a.m.

You're right. The juxtaposition of the two events is one of my favorite aspects of Taste of Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Nurse

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 11:57 p.m.

I agree. I was a little disappointed there was no mention of the run. I'll be running the half this year and can't wait for some food and beer at the finish line. Maybe there will be a separate article about the race.

Susan Montgomery

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 8:11 p.m.

Always a great event. PS A couple typos - First line, "Streeet," and fourth paragraph, "magazinie."

Jessica Webster

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 8:52 p.m.

Thank you, Susan. I've made those (embarrassing) corrections. Much appreciated.

The Finer Things

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

Woohoo! We'll be playing the Main St. stage around 11:40 along with a bunch of other great musicians. Come along and enjoy some AA treats, eats, and beats!