I felt inclined to check out Taste of Charlotte considering there was an emcee, karaoke contest, Dance your @$$ off dance party, the Little Blue Choo Choo and a Single Ladies dance off with the Lady Cats right outside my window luring me outside.
And further down Tryon there was an inflatable mechanical bull, a rock climbing wall, a Frik-N-Frak booth and an entire bathroom display with actual tubs and showers ... Random. It was like a mixture of an N.Y.C. street fair and Speed Street.
The most interesting thing at Taste to me was the Other White Meat Tour a tour?! For some reason this doesnt make me just think of pork but it does make me wonder, what is the other white meat? ... Spanish? And chicken could essentially be the other dark meat, right?
Sure its a collection of Charlotte restaurants sampling out their food (for sale), but the food still had the decoy of street meat ... even if it is from a steak house. And it felt more like an advertising convention than a festival. But it was a great place to get cheap sunglasses and hippie dresses.
And there was Tavern at the Taste that featured entertainment from Tsunami Wave Riders, Joe Beckmann, and The Charlotte Comedy Theater.