Live music and booths representing 18 Highland Park restaurants opened Highland Park’s .
More than 2,000 people packed onto the one block stretch of Central Avenue between First and Second Street as two bands——performed. Attendees purchased food from the vendors.
“This is a great opportunity for our community across all ages to come together for good food and good music,” said as she opened the weekend. “The this weekend is an event that will be a treat for the senses,” she added about the annual art fair opening at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Former City Councilman was partaking as well. Silberman was part of the Council five years ago when it negotiated with all relevant stakeholders to combine the Taste of Highland Park with the art fair.
“I’ve very proud of our community,” Silberman said. “This (the gathering of thousands of Highland Parkers) is what makes Highland Park different from any other city on the North Shore.”
Restaurateurs like Adam Nieto, 33, of sees participating in the weekend festivities as an opportunity to further engrain himself into his city. “This is a chance to be part of the community, to give back and be involved,” he said.
, a local property owner and promoter of downtown Highland Park was thrilled with what he saw. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I’d like to see these eight days a week."