Two major regional event businesses have teamed up to present a new festival that they hope will become one of Duluth’s premier annual waterfront events for years to come.
Taste of Duluth, an event created to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the area, will feature great food, live music, products and services, crafts, beer and many other displays of interest that are home grown.
“It’s all about localism right now,” said Twin Ports Entertainment spokesman Walt Aplin. “Taste will bring localism front and center by really showing festival attendees a taste of everything we have to offer. It’s not just about food but our heritage, our culture, our industry, beer and many other things.”
Taste of Duluth also marks the return of Tracy Lundeen to Bayfront Festival Park. The longtime Duluth events visionary was called upon by former, legendary Duluth Mayor John Fedo in the early 1980’s to work with a group consisting of the City of Duluth and the Bayfront Park Development Association to create an event space on Duluth’s waterfront originally known as Bayfront Landing.
Lundeen worked with logistics of creating the park with the city’s Planning Department and the private ownership group the Bayfront Park Development Association to create what would become Duluth’s premier summer festival location. Lundeen was instrumental in creating Fourth-Fest, Bayfront Fridays, the Bayfront Blues Festival and ran the park until the early 90’s when he left to pursue his budding career producing festivals and concerts around the country.
Today, Lundeen owns and operates his own expo business (Duluth Wedding Show, Northland Senior Expo, Duluth Women’s Expo, WomenRock), a number of regional publications and hosts a Saturday morning radio show.
Lundeen is also the President of the Bluebird Foundation, a 501C3 that supports high school-aged kids in the performing arts through grants and scholarships. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly $20,000 to area kids.
“I’m excited to work with Twin Ports Entertainment on this event,” said Lundeen. “It’s really what both of our companies are all about, localism and supporting our region through events, the arts and culture. Going back to Bayfront is in many ways going back to my roots. This will be a special event for me.”
Twin Port Entertainment, LLC is an event & festival production company that has created such events as the annual Grand Minnesota Taste-Together Brewfest & Wine Tasting at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, the Howling Moon Music Festival and City On the Hill Music Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth and several other single events throughout the Twin Ports.
From large arena indoor sales to Zombie Bar Crawls, Twin Ports Entertainment, LLC has clearly established itself as special event experts.
In addition to its own events, Twin Ports Entertainment, LLC assists others with their events from artist booking to social media & traditional marketing to ticketing and venue logistics. Clients include the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Tribute Fest and several others.
Taste of Duluth is an event for the entire family, residents and tourists alike. Live music will be featured on the Hermantown Credit Union Main Stage by top local performers ranging from acoustic to bluegrass to rock. Some of the featured artists on the Hermantown Credit Union Stage will include Lake City Smokin’ Section, Showtime Band, the Fish Heads, Circuit Breaker, the Mackie Brothers, Rickey Lee, Sydney Hanson, Janie and the Spokes, Kylee Matusak, Greg Tiburzi, Bryan Gatten and more.
Taste of Duluth will feature a large hand-made craft area, locally crafted beer, leading area restaurants and many displays and activities. Fourth of July weekend is a bustling time in Duluth and it’s hoped that “Taste” will become a tremendous kick-off to a four day stretch of activities at the park that will also include a Hairball Concert and Fourth-Fest with the annual fireworks display.
Taste of Duluth is also sponsored by Hermantown Credit Union, Lake Superior College and The Bluebird Foundation.