Festivalgoers have crazy good time during annual Taste of Westmont

Photo by Andrea Earnest | Bugle Staff

By Andrea Earnest | Bugle Staff

Area residents headed to downtown Westmont this past weekend for a taste of summer during the village’s annual summer fest and carnival.

Running along Cass Avenue from Chicago to Burlington, Taste of Westmont had something for everyone July 7-10. Hosted by Westmont Special events, the fest featured live entertainment, dozens of food vendors and business booths, carnival rides and games, and even a bingo tent.

McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, the famous Blues musician, called Westmont his home from 1973 until his death in 1983. Taste of Westmont honors him each year by hosting Blues artists on the last day of the festival.

It wasn’t all the Blues, however. Festivalgoers were treated to a variety of additional music acts throughout the weekend, including Derringer & Rye, Spoken Four and Lava Rock.

Families enjoyed a “Kidzapalooza” event on the opening night of the festival. Kidzapalooza included an all-night special on carnival rides, a car show and a Battle of the Bands.

For those craving food, Tropical Sno, Taco Express, China Chef, Neat Kitchen+Bar, and several other restaurants were on hand. Sponsors for the event included Hilton, Waste Management, Uncle Bub’s, Westmont Park District and Uncle Jon’s Music.

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