Taste of St. Louis 2014 was this past weekend. This was the first year that it was located in Chesterfield rather than downtown which made it a lot easier to get to than before. I actually had never been, but because itz new location, I went this year with my mom and baby William. For those of you not from St Louis, Taste of STL is a three-day festival featuring food from tons of different restaurants, some of which pass out samples and others where you purchase their food, crafts, music, and various activities. Itz a family friendly event and there was beautiful weather this year!
We parked fairly close and took a short walk to arrive. Upon crossing a major street, there was a trolley running back and forth dropping people off so they didn’t have to walk as far with the sun low in the sky.
I babywore William the whole time which was perfect. I didn’t have to worry about pushing a stroller through the crowds, and he was able to look around at everything. The weather was perfect for babywearing – not too hot and not too cold.
William was very content as there was so much to look at! And several strangers came up to us to take a closer look at William, comment how cute he was, ask how old he was, or just say hi. People being nice.
look at those chubby cheeks!
Now for the food part, the main event. While we had samples of many items, here are the highlights:
- Chicken and Vegetables from Fit Flavors: Fit Flavors prides themselves on using all natural ingredients, hormone and antibiotic free proteins, and everything is made fresh daily. They individually package the meals for portion control. The chicken was juicy and there was a little bite of their dessert “fit turtle” with whey protein, peanut butter, oats, pecans, and a chocolate protein topping.
- Crispy Meatballs from Basso at the Cheshire: These included marinara, radicchio agrodolce, and pecorino. They were flavorful and the sauce was good enough to eat by itself!
- Dark & Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels from Kakao Chocolate: They said these were their most popular item. The owner who we spoke to said they buy three different chocolates from all over the world and hand-dip their confections in small batches with all-natural ingredients. Right when I opened our caramels, I dropped them both on the ground… oops. They kindly gave us another, and we were glad because they were awesome!
- White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake from Hank’s: I’m a dessert girl, and this did not disappoint. It was served on a chocolate crust which was perfect. The cheesecake was smooth, creamy, and rich.
- Cereal Assortment from Post: It was a cereal lover’s dream! They had many different classic cereals and were passing out trays with small cups of six cereals. I told you, this was a family friendly event! Something for everyone.
We also tried Jerk Pork Kabob from The Rice House. It was messy to eat, but delicious all the same with a little bit of a kick. There were some samples of burgers and chicken, and we received a couple bottles of Beano’s Wasabi Sandwich Sauce and Smokey Bacon Sandwich Sauce. The last thing we tried was the Vermont Maple Glazed Jumbo Shrimp from Annie Gunn’s. Needless to say, we didn’t leave hungry.
After walking around for an hour and a half, William got a little wiggly and I thought he was getting hungry, so I found a semi-private place to try and nurse him. I turned my back and attempted, but he was so distracted by what was going on behind us that he wouldn’t nurse! He was wiggling and squirming to get a view of what was going on. I tried to turn every which way, but there was just too much to see!
Silly baby. Eventually, I wrapped him back up, he slept for the remaining time there, and we headed home. All in all, it was a fun event with tasty food, and it was a nice evening with my momma and baby!
Does your city host an event like this? What’s the last festival you went to?
Linking up with Katie @ Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!