Last summer’s inaugural Taste of Leesburg was an overwhelming success, drawing a massive crowd to the historic district where scores of vendors served up yummy dishes and craft beverages.             

         The event was conceived by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department staff to offer a summertime bookend to its extremely popular spring Flower and Garden Festival. The result surprised organizers and participants alike, with many vendors and even downtown retreatants scrambling to refill empty supplies. 

         “I think they were completely blown away and overwhelmed but happy and excited,” Events Coordinator Barb Smith said at the time. 

         This year, the staff and participants expected an even bigger crowd—and they’ll be ready to meet that demand. 

         Taste of Leesburg will be held from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 on Market and King streets downtown. 

         Admission to the festival area is free.

         Food can be purchased directly from food vendors at the tasting rates of $5, $6, and $7. On the beverage side, patrons can purchase tickets for unlimited tastings of local beer, wine and cider. There is a limited number of those tickets, available for $45—with advance purchase strongly recommended.

         There also will be live music performances on two stages. The lineup includes the King Street Kats, Hard Swimmin’ Fish, Hungry on Mondays, Lost Locals, Emma Rowley and Something’s Brewing.

         For details go to tasteleesburg.com.