The Taste of Sheridan is a relative newcomer on the Sheridan stage of summer events, but it has taken August by storm.

In 2011, more than 1,000 people attended the tasting held at Thorne-Rider Park, smacking their lips on a variety of local and cold beverages from area restaurants and catering businesses.

In 2014, nearly 20 local vendors fought for the “Best Taste” award given out by a panel of local judges. The competition — and lip smacking — is sure to be even more fierce this summer as the event enters its fifth year.

The competition energizes local businesses to cook the best food possible, but it is the attendees who get to reap the benefits as they eat up to ten “taste” portions of each dish.

While tasting to their stomach’s content, attendees also get to judge the dishes for the “People’s Choice” award.

The North Main Association hosts the event each year as a way to raise money for the nonprofit organization’s mission of revitalizing North Main Street and surrounding neighborhoods.

The event also features live music, games for kids, food demonstrations and plenty of mingling with tourists and locals on a summer evening.

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