July 3, 2008

Comerica Cityfest Adds Flavor to Weekend Plans

By Kelly Kozlowski, Detroit Free Press

Jul. 3--It's festival season in Michigan, and one of the state's tastiest offerings has set up shop just north of downtown.

Comerica Cityfest, formerly Tastefest, shut down West Grand Blvd. between Woodward and the Lodge Freeway, lined the streets with tents and stages, and invited Michigan restaurants to fire up their grills on site for a family-friendly festival.

Complete with daily live music performances, a dessert district and a merchandise marketplace full of local store offerings, Cityfest is a snapshot of food and culture in Detroit.

Admission is free to all, and visitors can purchase food in "taste,""sample" and "meal" portions using tickets sold at booths throughout the festival. Ticket booths accept cash only and food cannot be purchased without taste tickets. Ten dollars will buy 16 tickets, and food prices range from 2-5 tickets for tastes, 6-10 for samples and 11-14 for meal portions.

For those walking in with a full stomach, Cityfest also hosts a number of free musical acts from jazz and R&B ensembles to African drum and dance performances.

A climbing wall and Radio Disney are on hand to keep the kids entertained while parents enjoy everything from chicken wings and nachos to crab cakes and chocolate-covered strawberries. The culinary offerings are dotted with tents featuring cocktails and beer, available for purchase with I.D.

Cityfest is surrounded by paid parking lots and most fees are $5, making the festival easy to access for everyone. Among the things to leave at home are coolers, bikes and all pets expect for guide dogs.

Festival hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, go to http://www.newcenter.com/cityfest/2008/home.html.


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