The World’s Music and Food in One Day at Taste of Durham Festival May 24th, 2008

The Taste of Durham food and music festival returns to Durham, North Carolina, May 24th, 2008 at t Imperial Center Surrounding Winchester Place. The eclectic music lineup features known and emerging artists. The highlights of main stage entertainment for 2008 include Latin beats by Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, taste of the Blues by Seth Walker, Afrobeat with The Afromotive, a taste of jazz with John Brown Jazz Orchestra, and many other bands to be announced. Mark Gauthier, comedian/actor is the host/master of ceremonies. Hear the music for 2008 by clicking here.
 Described as a Festival Within a Festival, Taste of Durham also includes restaurant food sampling from 20 or more area establishments (See participants here). There is also an International Wine Tasting Pavilion (Preview the wines),  a Beer Tasting Garden (Check out the breweries) and Chef Demonstrations.Main Stage:

Jose Conde y Ola Fresca:12:00
Seth Walker: 1.40
Mardi Gras Procession: 3.00
The Afromotive 3.20
John Brown Jazz Orchestra 5.10
Mark Gauthier, MC comedian/-throughout day

Performance and Dance Showcase:


Diane Colyer 11.40
Guilt-Free Affair: 12.50
Brandon McGinnis 2.00
Real Reubens:3.10
Fujiyama Roll 4.20
Mobley 5.30
International Dance & Music Connections: Polynesia
Tangovita: TBA

Chef and The Good Life Demonstration
Tim Lyons: Blue Seafood and Bar: 1.00 Passion for Seafood

Mel Melton and Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse:2.30 Papa Mo Jo Roadhouse Back to Basics: Cajun Barbeque Traditions. Experience a lost rural Cajun tradition of New Orleans, the barbeque, music, and stories. Mel will be cook’n up some Cochon de Lait. Presenter: Roy “Mel” Melton knows what it’s like to cook onstage and off. Nicknamed “The Zydeco Chef” by his former bandmate and friend, C.J. Chenier, Melton has been enjoying the success of two careers for over twenty years, one as a singer, songwriter, and harmonica player, and the other as a professional gourmet chef and food consultant. According to Melton, “The food and music of Acadiana have always been inseparable for me.”

Nikos Taverna : Taste of Greece 4.00 Experience the celebration and the festive culture of Greece. Be transported by Chef and new owner, George Kastanias as he cooks, share stories, the music, the entertainment and other fun activities. You don’t want to miss this.

Weeping Radish: TBA Weeping Radish, The Only Farm Brewery, Restaurant, Market on the Outer Banks, NC

Entrée Vous: TBA

Location: Imperial Center, All Outdoors, surrounding Winchester Place, 4309 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703 (Page Rd Exit 282 off Interstate 40 near Sheraton Imperial Hotel) General Admission: $4 advance & $6 at festival. Advance tickets sold at Triangle-wide Harris Teeters and Morgan Imports. Time: 11am to 7pm