In 1995, the Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce, through the leadership of President Glenda Conley, decided to develop a signature event for the chamber that would highlight the city’s rich cultural heritage. It was then that the Taste of Oviedo was born.
The inaugural Taste opened for business on a gloomy spring morning on the grounds of the historic Lawton House, which formerly housed the chamber’s corporate offices. In fact, the inclement weather that day cast doubt as to whether the event would ever come to fruition. However, as the day wore on, the clouds dissipated and patrons began arriving. It is estimated that nearly 12,000 area citizens attended the first event, which featured 16 restaurants, 24 businesses and 14 artists displaying their wares.
Various incarnations of the event have occurred over the past 25 years. From venue changes to accommodate our ever-growing vendor requests, to the addition of top-notch entertainment and our beloved Kids Taste area, the Taste of Oviedo has witnessed tremendous growth and success, as has our community over the same time period.
In true Oviedo fashion, the Taste Committee has made it a priority to add new features and accommodations that will make the event a more satisfying experience for our many visitors. This year, we are proud to introduce “Oviedo Roots: Agricultural Area” sponsored by A Budget Tree Service and A Duda & Sons Inc. This is a brand new element introduced to Taste of Oviedo in order to connect with our citrus and celery roots. The area will include various vendors selling locally sourced produce, plants, and much more! Think of it like a farmers market! We are also proud to partner with the Oviedo Historical Society for this area to further incorporate Oviedo’s past into our 25th anniversary.
We didn’t stop there with new elements, it is a big anniversary after all! For the first time ever we will have a completely FREE Kids Area. Rides, games, and kids activities will be cost-free to our attendees thanks to our generous sponsors, Oviedo Medical Center and Oviedo City Church. “As someone who grew up attending Taste of Oviedo, a free kids area seemed like the perfect enhancement. With the generous support of our sponsors, I am so excited to open up the 25th anniversary celebration to all local families at no cost to them.” says Paige Grasso, the Director of Sponsorships and Events for the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.
As the event celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019, the Taste of Oviedo continues to reflect all that has consistently made Oviedo a “Top 100 Place to Live” and a “Family Friendly” city through furtherance of the chamber’s mission of being an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities.
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- On February 27, 2019
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