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 Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016

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Friday, August 19, 2016 ● Saturday, August 20, 2016
5:00 – 11:00 pm ● 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

West Side Park


Festival Information

Taste of CU is the area’s premiere outdoor summer festival featuring delicious menu items from CU’s best restaurants, frosty beer, diverse arts and crafts from local artists, the 3.14 mile Pie Run, and high-quality music and entertainment for the whole family – in Champaign’s beautiful West Side Park. All proceeds from the festival go towards our youth scholarship fund which provides hundreds of local youth with the opportunity to go to camp, learn to dance, take swimming lessons, play baseball, and much more!

Cash & credit accepted for purchasing Taste Tickets needed for food, alcohol, and some activities. Arts & Crafts may be purchased using cash, checks, or credit at the discretion of the artist.


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Click the map for full map, vendors and offerings, entertainment schedule!

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Headlining acts include Kurtis Blow for Friday night (August 19) and Vertical Horizon for Saturday night (August 20)! See full announcement here. Full entertainment schedule below! Questions: Zoe Stinson or call 217-819-3931

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Full Illinois American Water Stage schedule:

Friday, August 19
5:30-6:30pm – Alex and the Xos
7-8pm – New Souls
8:30-9:30pm – Tell Mama
10-11pm – Kurtis Blow

Saturday, August 20
3:30-4:30pm – CUperStars
5-5:45pm -Katie Flynn
6:15-7:15pm -Elsinore
7:45-8:45pm – Dirty Feathers
9:15-11pm – Vertical Horizon

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It’s official!  Local craft breweries Triptych Brewing, JT Walker’s Restaurant and Brewery, DESTIHL Champaign, and White Oak Brewing will be joining us for ‪#‎TasteCU‬ with a special COLLABORATION brew! Each of these Craft Beer vendors has created a special Taste of CU beer. They worked together to create the foundation and took it back to their breweries to put their own spin on it. This special collaboration beer is available only at the Taste of CU on Saturday (August 20) from 1-5pm!

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We are looking for some help this year at Taste of Champaign-Urbana!  It takes volunteers like you to make this event happen, and we are so appreciative of your time!  There are tons of volunteer opportunities at many times to fit into your busy schedule.

  • General Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer to help with Vendor Check-In, Ticket Sales, Volunteer Table, and Vendor Loading Attendant.
  • Beer Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer to work in the beer tent.  PLEASE NOTE – All volunteer in the beer tent MUST be TIPS trained.  We will be offering free TIPS training classes for all volunteers.
  • Nonprofit Entrance Monitor Volunteers – This year at Taste we will be asking for donations at the entrances.  Nonprofits looking to volunteer and fund raise are invited to apply to manage and entrance during the festival, and in return receive a percentage of the total entrance money donated.  To apply, complete and submit the application.
  • Pie Run Course Volunteers – Volunteer for set up, registration, and helping throughout the race course!


Pie Run

Pie Run will take you on a 3.14 mile course that starts and ends at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park. Along the way we’ll treat you to water and pie stops provided by your favorite local bakeries and restaurants. At the end of the race, you’ll choose to finish either “pie free” or “flying pie.” Grab your jogging shoes and bring your sweet tooth – this fun event is sure to win the hearts of runners and pie lovers alike!


Read more HERE!

Monarch Summer

Enjoy taste of Champaign-Urbana and our butterfly booth with pollinator information, kid activities and plant giveaways!

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Cancellation Line (Rain cancellations, delays, etc)

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Thank you to our Sponsors



Photos from Taste of CU 2015:

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