Large crowds, ‘lots of long lines’ and a light show | City and State

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This year’s Taste of Tippecanoe contained the typical musical performances and food vendors, as well as a light show.

The festival, Saturday night in downtown Lafayette, is one of the Arts Federation’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

“(The turnout is) spectacular,” said Brian Leung, TAF board member and English teacher. “I was personally worried about the weather like three days ago and everything lined up and it’s beautiful. I think we’re all happy to be together downtown for Taste and to support the arts.

The temperature started at 78 degrees and dropped to 65 later that night.

Tony Carero, a Purdue Global student who lives in West Lafayette, noted that while there was a high turnout, there were also “lots of long lines.”

“There are a lot of options to choose from, but the good ones are the busiest, so it takes a lot longer to get to them,” Carero said. Carero said he would like to see more supplier diversification.

The festival brought together 24 food vendors, as well as seven beer and wine vendors. Some of those with the longest lines were Hoosier Daddy BBQ, Mamà Inès Mexican Bakery, Digby’s Pub & Patio, Wildfire 348 Pizza, and Nom Nom Tacos & Tequila.

“It’s just a fantastic vibe here,” said Big Woods Brewery employee Grant Woods. “There’s great music. As a seller, we meet a lot of cool people and spread our name as a business across the river.”

Also present at the event were six groups and artists, spread over two stages, the market stage and the depot stage.

The market scene included Clave Caribe, a Latin band from Lafayette, Jennie Devoe, an American and blues artist, and Ritmos Calientes, a Latin dance DJ.

Being invited to one of Lafayette’s biggest events “means a lot to us,” said Clave Caribe lead singer Jorge Perez de Jesus. “We like to play for our community.”

Crowd members danced in front of the stage as Clave Caribe performed various Latin songs.

Instead of the usual fireworks, this year’s flavor featured a light show projected onto the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. The show featured various animations created by Purdue students and a professor.

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