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Taste of Olean Announces Sked and Vendors

OLEAN, NY - Regional artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their work at the 67th annual Art in the Park on Sunday, July 24 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Art in the Park is a one-day juried outdoor art exhibition that is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the visual arts and the talented artists and artisans in the area. 

There is something for everyone at Art in the Park / Taste of Olean 2016: visitors can tour the various tent galleries, talk to the artists about their work, and purchase pieces while children play in the bounce houses or on the playground. Get something to eat at Taste of Olean and hear live performances on the stage. Wander through this beautiful park of mature shade trees, eat at the many picnic tables, or in the dining pavilion, and take a dip in the public pool. This is a family-friendly destination to spend the entire day.

TASTES – The Taste Of Olean, co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 49 corporate sponsors provides an affordable and enjoyable festival in a socially responsible manner for families of the greater Olean area, enhances the quality of life in Olean, and promotes downtown.  
The vendors will present “tastes” of foods, smaller portions with affordable costs between 50 cents and $3.50.  The participating restaurants with their respective dishes include:

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Maple Ridge Bison Ranch — Bison Slider Burger, Bison Kabobs, and a Hickory Smoked Bison roast Slider;
Ann Marie's Homemade — traditional Baklava, flavored Baklava, coffee, and cookies;
Certo Brothers Distributing and GOACC — Ellicottville Brewing Co. blueberry and Hamburg Sweet Tang on draught Yuengling, Miller Lite and Coors Light cans
Sinfully Delicious — fried dough, funnel cakes, churros, sundaes and more!
Robyn& Ravyn’s — Tiramisu, Tagliatelle, Ravioli Burro and Lasagna;
JCC Alumni Association — Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Iced Tea, Water.  Also their 'semi-famous' popcorn will be popped and served up for all to enjoy!
Brothers Bistro — Chicken Curry over rice, Coconut Grouper with caramel sauce, and Hummus and pita bread;
Hammer Back Bar & Grill — Texas Chicken Fried Steak, HammerBack Burrito, Rafis Texas Hot, and HammerBack Chips n' Salsa. Also enjoy a fruit smoothie!
Sanzo Beverage and Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce — two of Four Mile Brewing Co. Draught, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Ultra and Southern Tier Brewing Cans.
Tandoor — Beef Vindaloo, Garlic or Plain Naan, Butter Chicken, and Samosas and Rice;
Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino — Chocolate and Peanut Butter Decadence; Parfaits and Cannoli Pizzelle;
Four Mile Brewing Co. — Jackfruit BBQ, Fish Tacos and a Little Bit of Cuba! (Their beers will also be at the Taste!);
The Nutty Bavarian
Mirchi Bar-N-Grill — Butter Chicken over rice, Chicken Curry over rice, Gyro plate, and Crab Cake. Also, they will be serving up mango or strawberry lassi

THE ARTS — Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), is a juried fine arts show with a long standing tradition of showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.  The artists include:

Artisan Soaps — Kumbha Moon Soap;
Ceramics — Kay Brooks, Dutch Hill Pottery, Bev Fehringer, Pinnacle Pottery;
Fiber Arts - Eileen Weishan;
Gourd Painting - Danette Wightman
Jewelry — Laura McCormick, Maria Welka - Jewelry & Recycled Belt Chairs;
Music - Southern Tier Symphony;
Painting — Miranda Turner, John Balacki, Jennifer Mutton Topliffe, Theresa Heinz;
Photography — Michael Weishan, Cindy Pascatore, Wildheart Photography, Daniel Gonska, Realtime Photography;
Watercolors - Sandy Pickert; and
Writing - Mary Kay Worth - Children’s Books.


MUSIC TO YOUR EARS -- The music never stops with Theater Workshop of Olean lining up continuous entertainment. It will include the songs from the production of Little Mermaid; Olean Area Irish Dancers; Bent Brass Ensemble; Olean Theatre Workshop; Neighborhood School of Dance; Nancy Hefti Select Students; and Olean Community Theater.

1000 Taste of Olean / Art in the Park opens
1100-500 Genesee Valley Central School ROBO-JAGs
1100-500 Girl Scouts of WNY will be doing kids' art projects
1200 Little Mermaid
1200-300 Balloon Lady Designs
1200-400 Catt. Co. Arts Council will be doing kids' art projects
1200-500 FREE Swimming at the William O. Smith Recreation Pool
1230 Olean Area Irish Dancers
1230 - 230 The Mountain Radio LIVE Remote
100 Bent Brass Ensemble
100-400 FREE Basketball Challenges at the Basketball Court
145 Hospitality Wall of Fame Award Ceremony
200 Olean Theatre Workshop
200-500 Eric Jones CARICATURES
245 Neighborhood School of Dance
300 Nancy Hefti Select Students
315 Olean Community Theater


Balloon Lady Designs – Go crazy with Balloon animals
Olean Community Theatre
The Mountain Live Broadcast
Eric Jones Caricatures – Get a caricature done of you and your friends!
YMCA Inflatables – Enjoy the inflatables from the YMCA.  The fee is each Ride $1.00, or an All Day wrist band $5.

FAMILY FUN -- The Taste is a festival for the entire family. Olean Family YMCA will bring their bounce house and slider with all-you-can-bounce wristbands for $5 each.  The Girl Scouts of Western NY and the Arts Council will have kids' activity. Eric Jones will be drawing some complimentary caricatures from 1:30-4:30 PM and Balloon Lady Design will create balloon animals from 12 – 3 PM.  Colonial Radio Group/The Mountain will be down with a live remote from 12:30-2:30 PM.
TASTY RAFFLES – Five dollars gives you 20 chances to win gift certificates to area restaurants, the newest Santa Claus Lane ornament, Southern Tier Diesel and Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby tickets and more!

NEW THIS YEAR – Genesee Valley Central School will bring their ROBO-JAGs to the Taste of Olean. The team creates robots that are then entered into competitions.  The robots will be on hand at the event.  The William O. Smith Recreation Center swimming pool will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. and will have FREE admission courtesy of the GOACC’s 50 Corporate Sponsors.  The City of Olean Youth & Rec Staff will be hosting Basketball Challenges and games during the Taste on the basketball courts!

MARKETPLACE at the TASTE -- The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association showcase local food and catalog vendors during the Marketplace @ The Taste.  Vendors include:

LulaRoe, Arcade, NY
Fat Root LLC, Hinsdale, NY
Gourmet Creations, Smethport, PA
Initial Outfitters, Allegany, NY
Don’s Airbrush Tattoos, Irving, NY
Water, Mary Sturdevant, Olean, NY
D’Avolio Oils and Vinegars, Williamsville, NY
Dom’s Butcher Block, Ellicottville, NY
Burning Asphalt Sauces, Forestville, NY

WALL OF FAME PRESENTATION -- The winners of the Taste of Olean Hospitality Awards will be recognized during the Taste of Olean, 1:45 PM under the big tent down at War Veterans Park.  The tenth class of inductees is: John and Karol Long, Anthony Fratercangelo, and the late James ‘Jim” Hastas. Past inductees to the Hospitality Wall of Fame include: Guerino “Butch” Butchello and Chef Anthony Lentola from the Castle Restaurant; Chef Pasquale “Patsy” Piccioli; John Sawaya; Sr.; Carl Iseman; Louis and Nancy Giannechini; Lucia “Lou” Bardenett; William “Bill” Augostini; Quinto and Dora Bagazzoli; Nicholas “Nick” Fratarcangelo; Louis Marra; Daniel Fessenden, Robert Styles, Tony Bassano, Jim McAfee, Neil and Denis Goodemote; Paul and Mary Psathas; Anthony Zampogna; James Pappas; Lou Russo; Nick Livoto; Steve Hollowell; Jackie Attard; John Malara; Richard Marcus; Louis V., ‘Little Louie,’ Marra; Eugene Stopha, Jack Coffey, Louis Frungillo Sr., Richard ‘Richie’ Piccioli, Joe Marra, MarLayn Robinson, John ‘Mac’ Sue, and Tom Weatherell.

For more information on the Taste of Olean, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email
Online Auction Begins This Wednesday!  The St. Bonaventure Athletic Department is hosting an online auction beginning this Wednesday, July 20, and continuing through 11 p.m. on Aug. 3. Bonnies alumni and fans will not want to miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of St. Bonaventure and Reilly Center history. Items that will be available include pieces as well as complete logos from the Reilly Center court, scoreboard signage, game-worn jerseys, a 2008 Team USA signed basketball, dinner and tickets to a Mets or Yankees game with New York Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro, and much more! All proceeds from the auction will benefit the St. Bonaventure Athletics Department.
GO TO for the complete list of auction items and to bid on your piece of Bonnies history. For questions, please contact Director of Marketing and Promotions Seth Johnson at
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