Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Taste of St. Louis Is Coming Back to St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 12:29 PM

Taste of St. Louis in 2013, its last year downtown. - STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Taste of St. Louis in 2013, its last year downtown.
Five years after Taste of St. Louis fled the city for Chesterfield, the festival is coming back to downtown St. Louis.

In fact, it's returning to the very spot it once abandoned: Soldiers Memorial.

The fifteenth annual iteration of the festival, organizers announced, will be held September 13-15 at the downtown site. In an email, they explained simply, "Our growth in attendance and continued support from the community means we needed more space."

We might be tempted to translate this as, "Hey, we messed up. The Taste of St. Louis belongs in St. Louis, not a boring, far-flung suburb that can't be reached by MetroLink. So we're coming back to our roots." But who are we to put words in someone's mouth?

The festival's decision to move way out west was met with considerable derision at the time. "Friends don't let friends Chesterfield," NextSTL tweeted. Added Brian S., "I'm giving up @TASTESTL for Lent and permanently thereafter."

Will city dwellers now decide all is forgiven and welcome back an event that left them for a newer, richer model? Beyond any lingering ill will, there are many more food festivals these days, and Taste of St. Louis may find increased competition. Still, we're not about to try to stand on the moral high ground here at the RFT. We too left the city for a good many years. We too came back. And dammit if we're not hungry!

Check out the Taste of St. Louis website for event details.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com

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