Residents get their fill during Taste of the Town

Jul 25 2013 - 12:12am

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Dave Egbert (center) serves a patron pineapple-shrimp during the Taste of the Town event in Layton.

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Dave Egbert (center) serves a patron pineapple-shrimp during the Taste of the Town event in Layton.

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LAYTON -- Just minutes before the official start time of 4 p.m., Layton Commons was already full of hungry people for the 2013 Taste of the Town, organized by the Davis Chamber of Commerce.

Angie Osguthorpe, director of sales events for the Davis Chamber, said Taste of the Town draws 3,000 to 4,000 people from Northern Utah to Layton Commons to taste what Davis County restaurants have to offer.

"We've got good music. We've got face painters and balloon artists. It's a nice family event. People love food, they love to be outside, there's a lot of shade here. This is a great way for us to give a little bit back to our restaurants and get them exposure that they need and encourage people to shop locally."

David De La Rosa, general manager of Mejor Que Nada in Layton, said this is his restaurant's first year belonging to the Davis Chamber of Commerce. He said he was eager to attend the event when he heard about the average annual attendance, but he was still surprised by the number of people he found lining up at his booth at 4 p.m.

Jeff Ray, self-proclaimed "BBQ artist" for Holy Smoke BBQ in Layton, was serving up some very popular green chili and frozen chocolate-

covered bananas.

"We call them Balboa Beach bananas. That's sort of where they originated," Ray said, "and we just think they're fun, so we made them."

Rock Jeffries, a resident of South Jordan, made the trip to Layton for the second year in a row to visit Taste of the Town. "We came last year, and we loved it."

With the variety of vendors available, Jim Smith, president and CEO of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, can't imagine anyone going hungry at Taste of the Town.

"You just get every kind of food you can imagine. If you can't find it here, there's something wrong with you."

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