Get your Pioneer Day nibbles at Layton’s Taste of the Town

July 21, 2014

Whether diners are looking for a refreshing drink, a sweet treat, or a selection of miniature sized main courses, they are sure to find it at the Taste of the Town.

Each year on Pioneer Day, thousands flock to Layton Commons Park to relax in the shade and grab a bite to eat from their favorite local restaurants — or to try a menu specialty from someplace new.

“The number of people who attend is significant, but we are able to get them through the lines fast. The ticket system makes it easy since there is no counting change,” Davis Chamber president and CEO Jim Smith said.

Attendees purchase tickets at the event for $1 each or 12 for $10. Small portions of food, or “tastes,” are sold at individual vendor booths, and range in cost from one to five tickets each.

“The key is to have a wide variety and a large number of vendors. That way, everyone has what they think is best for them and their family,” Smith said.

Twenty-four vendors fill up the park and serve some of their best food.

To beat the heat, Kona Ice and Little Cow Shaved Ice will pulverize ice blocks into snow cones and keep the sugary syrups flowing.

The Daily Rise helps people cool down with iced coffee, sugar-free blended chai and all-natural fruit smoothies. Trendy cake pops complement their delicious drinks.

Starbucks is also serving cake pops, along with cookies, brownies and refreshing drinks. If an ice cream treat is what you are looking for, Johnny Rockets will have a selection of its famous milkshakes.

Main courses from all over the world include calzones, pastas and Italian salad from Boston’s; penne pepperoni salad and rosemary chicken tortellini from The Brick Oven; and fresh Tex-Mex food from Costa Vida.

There are also plenty of meat dishes, such as tri-tip skewers from ParkStone Wood Kitchen, pork ribs and pork loin from Moon Dog’s Café, pulled pork from Texas Roadhouse, beef tenderloins and mini chicken cordon bleu from Legacy Village of Layton, pulled-pork sandwiches from Dickey’s BBQ, and chicken and beef satay with chimichurri from Harmon’s.

Twigs Bistro joins the festivities with bruschetta canapés — toasted crostini topped with bruschetta, Parmesan, basil and a balsamic glaze — and, cake-like drunken doughnuts with three housemade sauces, Irish cream chocolate, caramel apple pucker and amaretto anglaise.

Paige Helsel, with Edible Arrangements, said her operation plans to showcase what it does best. “We do fresh fruit arrangements and dipped fruit in boxes.”

Some of their tastes include apple truffles, bite-size balls of apples dipped in chocolate with white chocolate swizzle; pineapple pops, fresh pineapple dipped in chocolate; and fruit salads.

Face painters and balloon artists keep things interesting for the children, and the band Red Shot Pony has become a yearly mainstay to entertain everyone during the event.

“They have a good mix of high-energy songs that someone my age will recognize and people in their twenties will also recognize. There is something about an outdoor venue with good music and food that is just a good combination for everyone,” Smith said.

After the Taste of the Town event ends at 7 p.m., Layton city is sponsoring a free Riders in the Sky concert at 8 p.m. in the Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, also at Layton Commons Park.


WHAT: Davis Chamber Taste of the Town

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 24

WHERE: Layton Commons Park, 437 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

TASTING TICKETS: $1 each or $10 for 12