This summer’s 23rd annual Taste of Omaha festival has been rescheduled for Aug. 14-16 and will take place in Elmwood Park, near 67th and Pacific Streets. Traditionally, the festival is in May on the downtown Omaha riverfront.
The festival is in the process of working with the city and volunteers to pull the festival off with changes related to the pandemic. The festival will this year focus on local restaurants that can use the support, said festival organizer Mike Mancuso.
“The top priority is the safety of those attending,” he said.
Festival organizers will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and work with local and state authorities on how to best proceed in the coming months, he said.
Changes to the current schedule, or any other changes for 2020, will be posted on the festival’s social media pages.
Restaurants of all sorts will serve at the three-day festival, and a world pavilion will highlight cuisine from around the world.
The culinary arts stage will be back, and will take place in the park’s pavilion. In the past, it has included cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef cooking battles and chefs demonstrating food technique and trends.
This year’s festival will offer free parking in garages and surface lots on the Scott Campus, at 67th and Pacific Streets, with a free shuttle. UNO main campus parking lots and garages will also be available for event parking.
The festival will remain in midtown until the riverfront redevelopment project downtown is complete, scheduled for 2023.