PALMETTO -- Regardless of what they were craving, Manatee County residents had their choices for the picking Saturday.
Many residents brought their appetites to the 27th annual Taste of Manatee in Sutton Park, where they got to sample small portions of what restaurants around the county have to offer.
Ed Scheufler, was enjoying a slice of pizza from Ferraro's in Bradenton after having watched his daughter perform with her dance class.
But he was only getting started, he said.
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"I'm going to try the barbecue over there next," Scheufler said. "It all looks good, they have lots of stuff."
Scheufler had never visited the annual event before, he said.
"I wish I would have known about it before," Scheufler said.
For financial reasons, the Rotary Club of West Bradenton, which runs the event, decided to relocate the event from its previous site at the Bradenton Riverwalk to Sutton Park.
Many seemed to enjoyed the new venue.
First-timer Andrew "Drew" Brown the openness of the event, he said.
"The open space is great," Brown said. "You can actually see all the vendors and you don't have to duck and dive."
His first stop was to try the apple crisp with ice cream from the Southeast High School culinary class.
"I haven't tried anything else yet," he said. "Right now I have a sweet tooth but it all looks very good."
Gloria Adams was sitting under the beer tent enjoying her lobster mac 'n' cheese from Yacht Sea Grill.
"I come for the food, to try something different," Adams said.
She loved the new venue, she said.
"I live close by, so I just walked over her," Adams said.
When tummies filled, many took time to shop from the various local vendors with selections of clothes, jewelry and more, while others were enjoying the live bands.
Jean Miserendino said that after not having been to a Taste of Manatee in years, the new location brought her back.
"We hate the concrete jungle. That's why we stopped going," Adams said. "This is much better than when it was in downtown Bradenton."
It was a smart decision to move it to Palmetto, she said, just like it was to move the Seafood Festival.
Her favorite taste of the day were the slider burgers, from the Rotary Club she said.
"This is just a good sample of all the food Manatee County offers," Adams said.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.