Central Maine Ready For the 21st Taste Of Greater Waterville 

Back in 1992, Jeff Corey, owner of Day’s Jewelers, and some other local business people were trying to think of a way to promote all that downtown Waterville has to offer.Their plan? Close down Main Street and partner with local restaurants to showcase the fine cuisine Waterville has to offer. Just like that, The Taste of Greater Waterville was born.”We wanted it to be a family event. And food is the common denominator. Everyone loves good food,” Corey said Monday.21 years later, it’s evolved into one of the biggest one-day events in the state. One that features all sorts of entertainment including a petting zoo and face painting for the kids and of course music.”We’ve got six bands playing. They’ll start around 11:00 in the morning and run right through the day. Our feature band this year is Rustic Overtones,” said Corey, who also chairs the Taste of Greater Waterville committee this year. The event is a welcome sight for restaurant owners as well. Candace Savinelli, owner of Holy Cannolis on Main Street, experienced her first Taste of Greater Waterville last year. This year, she says they’re ready.”We have been cooking for two weeks solid making enough,” Savinelli said. “Our cheesecake might sell quite a bit too so we’ve been making them. We’ve been making strombolis. We’re trying to make it so there’s enough to go around and we don’t run out. Who knows?”Parking for this year’s Taste of Greater Waterville will be available at Head of Falls on Front Street. Parking and shuttle service downtown will be available at the Elm Plaza on upper Main Street and the Evangelical Church on Kennedy Memorial Drive. It all kicks off Wednesday morning at 11:00.For more information you can visit: