Food & Art Make a Great Day in the Park

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – July 10, 2018 – On Sunday, July 22nd at War Vets Park in Olean restaurateurs and artists come together for the annual food and art lovers event, Taste of Olean / Art in the Park.

From 11 am to 5 pm you can stroll the Taste booths, grazing on a little of this and a taste of that, and at Art in the Park see your favorite artists, meet new ones and discover beautiful pieces to take home with you.

This is the 69th year of Art in the Park. The Tri-County Arts Council (formerly the Cattaraugus County Arts Council) is an independent non-profit organization which produces Art in the Park and is dedicated to excellence in fine arts and handcrafted goods as well as promoting the arts and the talented artists and artisans in the area. The Taste of Olean is produced by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce to showcase the best of the area’s restaurants with numerous food vendors serving up their mouth-watering selections to the public al fresco. This year food vendors will be taking cash directly, no tickets will be required at the food booths.

For 2018, Art in the Park has an even mix of new and returning artists. Painting, jewelry, photography, artisan body care products, ceramics, wooden baskets, glass and fiber arts are some of the many media you will find for sale at War Vets Park.

Tri-County Arts is also holding a chalk art contest, “Chalk It Up!” A $5 cash registration fee on the day of the event will give you a 4 ft. X 4 ft. space in War Vets Park to draw your chalk masterpiece. A “Best in Show” prize will be awarded in each of two age categories – ages 10 – 15 and, age 16 and older. Kids up to 10 years of age can draw for free in an open area, but there is no prize for this age group. Chalk drawing begins at 10 a.m. with spaces assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 28 entries will get a set of chalk provided by the Arts Council. After that, you must provide your own chalk. Those participating in the contest must complete their artwork by 3 p.m. when judging begins. If it rains, the event will be cancelled and notification will be posted on the Arts Council’s Facebook page. For contest rules go to the Chalk Art Contest page of the Tri-County Arts Council website, www.myartscouncil.net.

Taste of Olean / Art in the Park is also an opportunity to recognize some of the artists and restaurateurs. Art in the Park is a juried exhibit and sale, so ribbons will be awarded for the Best In Show, Best New Exhibitor, and Best Presentation. Taste of Olean will also announce the recipients of this year’s Hospitality Wall of Fame awards, recognizing individuals or businesses who have made a significant contribution to the local food service/hospitality industry.

There is something for everyone at this “double header” event: get something to eat at Taste of Olean and be entertained with live performances on the stage arranged by Olean Community Theatre’s Nick Patrone; tour the tent galleries, talk to the artists about their work and purchase pieces directly from the artists while children play in the pool (free that day!) or on the playground. Express your own creativity at the Chalk It Up! Chalk art contest or wander through this beautiful park of mature shade trees and relax to people watch at the many picnic tables or in the dining pavilion. This a family-friendly destination for the entire day.