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Originally published Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

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Plenty of fun and food at Taste of Edmonds

A Taste of Edmonds, Aug. 10-12, includes food, entertainment and kids' activities, as well as beer and wine gardens and three music stages.

Seattle Times staff

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This event really isn't a "taste". all the food is basically a full meal MORE
i haeve a feeling that Edmonds tastes like PoliDent and Gold Bond Medicated Foot Powder MORE

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Food, entertainment and kids' activities fill scenic downtown Edmonds at the 30th annual A Taste of Edmonds festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of local and regional food vendors offer choices for all tastes and there's a wine garden and a beer garden with entertainment.

Blake Lewis, the 2007 American Idol runner-up, performs on the Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday features tribute bands from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with music of Santana by Mantra; the Beach Boys by the Pendletones; and the Beatles by British Exports. Sunday features Celtic music and dance by the Gothard Sisters at 2:30 p.m. and Heart by Heart music of Heart (including some original members of the band) at 5:30 p.m.

The Beer Garden Stage lineup includes mariachi, country, rockabilly, reggae and tribute bands, with the Beatniks on Friday night, Whiskey River Band on Saturday, and Shane Cobane's Elvis Tribute, Randy Hansen's Jimi Hendrix tribute and the Afrodisiacs on Sunday.

Activities for kids include pony rides, inflatable bouncers, a rock wall and Kids Stage entertainment with daily reptile shows and the popular local band The Not Its at 4 p.m. Saturday. Kids can get into the act themselves at the daily kids' karaoke stage.

New this year, admission is free until 3 p.m. on the festival's opening day Friday. The $3 admission charge the rest of the weekend benefits Edmonds Chamber of Commerce activities. Free parking and shuttle-bus service from Edmonds-Woodway High School provide easy access to the festival site.

A Taste of Edmonds

Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: $3 admission, ages 12 and younger free; free admission for all before 3 p.m. Friday. No pets.

Location: Civic Playfield, Seventh Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds.

Getting there: From Interstate 5 take the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry exit and follow the signs to Edmonds and the Kingston ferry terminal. Turn right on 100th Avenue West (becomes Ninth Avenue South) to Main Street, left on Main Street to Seventh Avenue. Metro Transit info, 206-553-3000 or tripplanner.kingcounty.gov. Free parking and free buses shuttle approximately every 15 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds.

More information: 425-670-1496 or www.atasteofedmonds.org.

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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