Taste of Land Park

Benn Hodapp

A vicious heat wave threatened to turn the 12th annual Taste of Land Park into a dreadful affair, but the area was spared from the blistering heat that struck just 24 hours prior. Instead, the event on Sunday, June 9 was a rousing success. The day before, temperatures in some parts of Sacramento reached 110 degrees. Much to the relief of everyone involved, Sunday’s weather barely reached 80.

“It was supposed to be 90, but the high was actually only 80. It was even better than we expected,” said event coordinator Kelly Mishell.

As it was, the pleasant weather made for great times on 14th Street between 3rd and Market where the event took place.

The Taste of Land Park is a major fundraiser for the Land Park Community Association (LPCA) to bring in money for park improvements and local beautification efforts, according to Mishell. More than 600 Land Park residents showed up to lend their support, eat some great food, drink some great wine and browse the booths set up all over the grounds.

Mishell was thrilled with the large crowd, as she was hoping for at least 350 attendees. With the number of great attractions on the premises it’s no wonder that it was well attended. In addition to the unusually mild temperatures, attendees were greeted by 24 local food vendors, 20 wins and beer vendors, and one homemade soda vendor.

For the second consecutive year, the event played host to a showcase of local artists in a section called Artisan Corner. Eight Land Park artists were on hand to show off and sell their various works that included everything from paintings to jewelry.

Patrons were also free to partake in the always popular Wall of Wine. A number of wineries donated bottles of wine worth anywhere between $20-100. The labels were then covered up and people could buy any bottle on display for $20. While some walked away with a $20 bottle of wine for their $20, some managed to grab a $100 bottle for their $20. According to Mishell, some 50 bottles were sold from the selection.

A raffle was done with prizes ranging from microwaves, River Cats tickets, a barbecue grill, free landscaping consultations, and wine tours.

The money raised by the LPCA will go into the installing of new bike racks outside of Fairytale Town and Funderland Park as well as a “prettying up” of the pony rides nearby, according to Mishell. Mark Abrahams, President of the LPCA, said that any leftover money after those projects are completed will go towards funding music and art programs in local schools.

For anyone wishing to join the LPCA, a fee of $25 (or $35 for a business) gains you membership for a year. Members can attend monthly board meetings, voice concerns, and receive the LPCA’s monthly newsletter.

“It’s a great way to stay in touch with the community,” Mishell said of the LPCA. “It keeps people up to date on park issues and beautification efforts.”

As far as next year’s version of the Taste of Land Park is concerned, well, it has a lot to live up to.

“It was a raging success. People were having a really great time,” said Mishell.

All pictures by Maura Abrahams

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