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Preparing for Taste of Downtown Springfield

Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 10:39 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Later today, over 14 area restaurants will be showcasing some of the top culinary treats off their menus, and it's all for the public to enjoy.

Preparations for the event have been underway for a few days now.

Specialty pizzas, New Orleans pulled pork, jerk chicken and wrapped shrimp are just a few of the options that will be available.

After sampling a great variety of food choices, attendees can vote for their favorite foods and the most festive booth. The winning restaurant will receive an award later in the evening.

"That's one of the reasons why we do it so that people who haven't been here before have an idea of what we're about."

The Taste kicks off tonight at 5pm on 5th Street between Jefferson and Adams; and on Washington, between 4th and 6th Street

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The Taste of Downtown will showcase 14 food vendors with more than half being brand new businesses in the Springfield area.

Sillie Slices and the Dew Chilli Parlor are just two of about 7 new businesses to come to the city of Springfield within the last year.

This will be the first Taste of Springfield they are participating in, which organizers say is a great way to showcase your new business.

"When you have the opportunity over two days to have potentially 7,000 people or so come by your booth and sample your product, and you can also hand out menus, business cards and things like that so they can actually go out and visit your restaurant."

An estimated 7 to 8 thousand visitors attend the Taste of Downtown, which organizers say continues to grow year by year.

And it's not just about the food. There will also be live music performances throughout the event.

Preparing for Taste of Downtown Springfield

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