Taste of Michiana 2015 celebrates 25 years of tasty local food

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By: Tabitha Waggoner
twaggoner@flavor574.com

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Chef Bela Szalay wants to make sure no one will forget what it was like to be at Taste of Michiana’s 25th anniversary on May 6.

“I’m going to make it a memorable event,” Szalay said. 

About 40 different restaurants and wineries will be present at the South Bend Century Center, serving up tastes of the finest food, wine and beer that the region has to offer.

“If they want to know what the Smokestack Brew is like, then they’re going to get to know it here,” Szalay said. “They’re able to taste all these different restaurants and local wines that are made — and be able to have a good time.” 

Taste of Michiana is for kids, too.

Taste of Michiana
5 to 8 p.m. May 6, 2015
Century Center, 120 S. Saint Joseph St., South Bend

Tickets: $25 adults, $10 children

There’ll be mini burgers and mini sandwiches for children to munch on, he said, and frozen yogurt shop sweetFrog will be on hand with delicious frozen treats for all. 

“I’ve got a 6 foot chocolate fountain from the South Bend Chocolate Factory,” Szalay said. It’ll be perfect with fresh strawberries. 

Although all of the participating restaurants are in the Michiana area, Szalay said that the food genres offered aren’t limited to a specific region. 

Javier’s Bistro is one of my favorites, it’s got a taste of Puerto Rican,” he said.  

Tickets are $25 at the door for adults and $10 for children.

Once inside, you can “eat all you want and drink all you want,” Szalay said. Rock band Alligator Blackbird will entertain festivalgoers with live music, and the South Bend Roller Derby girls are volunteering for the event.

Proceeds from Taste of Michiana benefit Life Treatment Center, the nonprofit substance abuse treatment center where Szalay works as executive chef.

Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, contact Szalay at 574-233-5433, extension 225. 

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