Photo: Susu and Joey Love of Irving take a few moments to relax with their puppy, Cowboy, a St. Bernard mix during the Taste of Irving festival. /Photo by Teri Webster
Food, music, activities for kids and a craft show were just some of the attractions at the second Taste of Irving festival at Cimarron Park in Valley Ranch on Saturday, May 16.
Food was one of the main attractions with a variety of restaurants selling menu items for $5 or less.
“I think the food is the best part,” said Valley Park resident Susu Love, who was at the festival with her husband Joey and their mixed-breed St. Bernard puppy, Cowboy. “We plan on trying a lot of different things.”
They had plenty of choices. A total of more than 20 restaurants served up specialties ranging from barbecue to Japanese food and gourmet sandwiches.
Ballroom dance enthusiasts Clair Jameson of Denton and Mark Estrella, visiting from Los Angeles, Calif., enjoyed some dancing during live music provided by the Texas Gypsies at the festival. Jameson and Estrella were previously dance partners in Los Angeles.
“He was down here visiting and we decided to come to the festival,” Jameson said. “This is the kind of music we dance to, so when we hear great music, we just can’t help ourselves.”
Northern National and Brave Combo also performed on the Valley Ranch Association Main Stage. Covered seating was available. Although skies were cloudy and at times overcast, rain held off for the day.
Linda Brown of Irving was impressed by the diverse crowd and activities at the festival.
“It’s fantastic to see the families as well as the individuals here,” Brown said. “It’s a very diverse crowd and this is a diverse area. They’ve done a great job in providing something to interest people from a lot of different backgrounds.
“It’s also laid out very nicely. There are a lot of people here, yet it is not crowded like it is at a lot of other area festivals.”
Brown also admired the handmade jewelry made by Donna Patton, one of the vendors at the festival.
“Beautiful,” Brown said. “Just beautiful.”
Patton, a Grapevine resident and owner of Butterfly Creek Jewelry, displayed leather bracelets, handmade metal jewelry and beaded bracelets and jewelry, just to name a few.
Parking was full throughout the neighborhood surrounding Cimarron Park. Free parking was available at Ranchview High School, which also offered continuous shuttles to the festival. In all, a total of several thousand people from Irving and surrounding areas were expected to attend. There was no charge for admission.