LAYTON -- Thousands of hungry people stood in line to sample fare from some of the area's best restaurants Tuesday at the annual Taste of the Town event at Layton Commons Park.
The event, sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce, attracted 20 area restaurant owners and food operators, who showcased menu items to those who dined underneath leafy trees.
Between 4,000 and 6,000 people were expected to attend, said Jim Smith, executive director of the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
The event helps local restaurants connect with new customers and serves as a fundraiser for the chamber, Smith said.
"For the chamber it enables us to keep dues down," he said.
Phil Beck, chairman of the Taste of the Town that has been held for 17 years, said the event is a phenomenal way for restaurants to gain exposure.
Those who attended Taste of the Town had a wide variety of food choices that included pastries, smoothies, barbecue, sandwiches and other items.
Phillip Helms, of West Point, who sat under a tree munching on pizza, a calzone and a salad, said he enjoys the variety that is offered at the Taste of the Town.
"I get to try a lot of different food at restaurants that I've never been to before," he said.
Sherylan Mann of North Salt Lake, said she it was her first time at a Taste of the Town event but plans to attend again. "I like it," said Mann, who attended with her family. "We will be back."
One of the most popular vendors was Holy Smoke Barbecue, 855 Heritage Park Blvd, Layton, which served up pulled pork and beef sandwiches along with grilled hot dogs.
Jeff Ray, the owner of Holy Smoke, said he wasn't worried about running out of food despite long lines.
"Running out is not the worse thing," he said. "It just means people like you."
Davis Hospital and Medical Center showcased its bistro by serving Cantonese chicken lettuce wraps, shrimp skewers and a fruit tartlet. The food isn't typical hospital fare and is popular with patients and visitors to the medical facility, said Thomas Nicholson, who is the bistro's executive chef.
The bistro is also a favorite of the hospital's staff, who can always find a good meal there at any hour, Nicholson said.
"The hospital's staff works so many hours (which makes the bistro popular)," he said.