The Taste of Melrose Park Delights Again

Thursday, September 7, 2017 || Photos by Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews

Feature image: Corinne Ariola Principe prepares her popular artichoke casserole during last weekend’s Taste of Melrose Park. | Shanel Romain/VFP

The 36th annual Taste of Melrose Park, held between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3 at the Melrose Park Village Complex in Melrose Park, was another opportunity for Corrine Ariola Principe to serve her popular artichoke casserole. 

She’s been making the dish for the Taste for the last 33 years. Twelve years before she started bringing it to the Taste, she said, she would bring it to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast.

I stopped the feast this year because we marched in the procession, so now I just do the Taste,” Principe said. “Sales are pretty good. A lot of people tell me they come here just for this.”

And a lot of people were pleased, said Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico.

We’re excited about the weather and it’s a nice turnout again,” he said. “We pride ourselves on the fact that it is a family friendly event and it’s affordable. To see families coming out here makes me proud.”

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Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico during last weekend’s Taste of Melrose Park. 

Noemia Silva, a Missionary Sister of St. Charles, was out serving her Sfinge di Ricotta recipe, a Sicilian delicatessen made of ricotta cheese, flour and sugar.

We do this every year and have been it since forever,” she said. “It’s a fundraiser for the sisters. Our Sfinges also come with a blessing, so you cant go wrong.”

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Sister Noemia Silva serves up Sfinge di Ricotta during the Taste of Melrose Park last weekend.

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Sfinge di Ricotta is a a Sicilian delicatessen made of ricotta cheese, flour and sugar. 

Eight-year-old Cody Adams may have been the youngest person working a food booth at last weekend’s Taste. The budding entrepreneur was manning a root beer station that his parents said was all his idea — down to the color of the spoons and straws.

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Cody Adams, 8, mans his root boor station. 

For Peggy DiFazio, the director of special events for Melrose Park, one highlight of the weekend festival was when a young girl won the pizza-eating contest, taking home a $3,500 prize — just one among the many spectacles that attract people the world over to the annual event, she said.

“I’ve got people who come in from England for this,” DiFazio explained. “I think we’re the most affordable family friendly event of this kind in Illinois.” 

With all of the dishes being $3 or less, she may have had a point. See more photos from the Taste below. VFP

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