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posted: 7/16/2012 1:53 PM

Antioch's 22nd annual Taste of Summer starts Friday

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  • Antioch's Taste of Summer festival kicks off Thursday, July 19.

       Antioch's Taste of Summer festival kicks off Thursday, July 19.
    GEORGE LECLAIRE | Staff Photographer

  • Visit the food booths and take in the entertainment during Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival.

       Visit the food booths and take in the entertainment during Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival.
    GEORGE LECLAIRE | Staff Photographer

 
Antioch Chamber of Commerce submission

Antioch's Taste of Summer celebrates its 22nd year in the downtown area with food, shopping, entertainment and fun.

The summer festival brings an opportunity for restaurants to bring their great tastes to the outdoors Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 22. The Taste has grown through the years, bringing even more delicacies to the community.

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This year's event also features new entertainment, with Antioch IDOL for Scholarships awarding a total of $3,500 toward any type of future education.

Students ages 12 to 21 in five counties may register online at AntiochChamber.org to guarantee their spot in the IDOL auditions. Only 300 students will be accepted to audition at Antioch's Taste of Summer's Antioch IDOL.

Students are encouraged to register early. If there are still registration openings, students may come to the Taste Thursday, July 19, at 4 p.m. to register on-site. A complete list of registration rules is available on the Antioch chamber website.

The Taste offers food, entertainment, a carnival, sidewalk sales, and many other activities that make up the four-day family fun festival.

Enjoy strolling through Antioch's downtown, while browsing through sidewalk sales.

Headline entertainment includes Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday; Suburban Cowboys from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday; Hi Infidelity from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and the Antioch IDOL semifinalists, Live Band Karaoke and the IDOL Top 10 Finale from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Food booths offer visitors an array of foods and drinks featuring Mexican, Chinese, American, BBQ, and many others. Wander under the big top tents while enjoying the many delicacies.

Taste hours are: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Carnival hours vary, so check the entertainment schedule.

Carnival wristband specials ($20) are available for 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit the Antioch Chamber website at www.AntiochChamber.org or call (847) 395-2233.

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