TROY — No amount of rain could stop spectators from coming out to the Taste of Troy on Sept. 19 and enjoying the variety of food available.
Executive Director of Troy Main Street Katherine Hayes said Taste of Troy started a little slow because of the rain, but the weather did not stop people from lining up five minutes until 11 a.m. to purchase tickets.
One of the big changes aside from the addition of the beer and wine garden was expanding the event layout. Last year Taste of Troy was reserved to a corner of Prouty Plaza. This year, a larger section of the square and Main Street was closed down for the event.
“We wanted to grow the event’s footprint a little bit and we wanted to accommodate our new beer and wine garden,” Hayes said. “I think the footprint gives people more room to move, makes the event feel bigger and gives everyone a little more space than being squished in in one spot.”
Ducky’s Snowballs and Ice Cream was the new vendor at Taste of Troy. Owner Donald Butler said Ducky’s, which opened this past month, has been doing well and that they had been having good sales at Taste of Troy.
“People are actually coming out in good numbers,” he said. “They’re bringing their umbrellas and they’re having fun.”
Butler said Ducky’s sold jambalaya and snowballs, the former of which Ducky’s is known for and the latter of which spectators were getting to learn about.
“A snowball is kind of like a shaved ice,” he explained. “It is literally the texture of snow and all of our own simple syrups. We have 85 (syrups) at Ducky’s and today we are featuring our Mudslide, DreamSicle, strawberry and sour apple.”
Next door to Ducky’s was Brittney’s Cakes, which was present for the second year and selling iced sugar cookies, salted caramel brownies, and slices of Neapolitan cake with buttercream icing.
Owner Brittney Tyler said her booth had a good turnout early and throughout the day.
“We’ve had more cookies and brownies than the cake, but the cake is also a bigger serving,” she said. “Most people have been buying the cake and sharing while getting three cookies for themselves. Last year we had a buttercream brownie, caramel apple cupcake and a chocolate chip cookie, so we decided to switch it up this year.”
Taste of Troy was sponsored by Gordon Orthodontics. Orthodontist Doug Gordon said this is the fifth year the office has sponsored the event.
“I think I’ve seen more and more people each year and it’s growing in popularity,” he said. “It’s a fun event for our community.”
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