Taste of Minnesota making Harriet Island comeback in 2014
Retribution Gospel Choir at Taste of Minnesota 2010
Photo by Alexa Jones
Harriet Island will play host to a large-scale festival again next year with the return of Taste of Minnesota. The long-running music and food fest was shut down in 2010 due to bankruptcy, but will be back next July.
The news comes after a quiet 2013 on the island when the Live Nation-bred River's Edge Festival, which debuted last year, didn't return.
One of the best-known local brands for outdoor entertainment outside of the Minnesota State Fair, Taste of Minnesota began back in 1983, and graduated from a yearly staging on the Capitol grounds to Harriet Island. Star Tribune reports that Taste of Minnesota 2014 will be July 3-6. The report also details that the fest's new owner is 10K Lakes Inc., who bought from former manager Linda Maddox. Might be time to update the Facebook page.
In its last running on Harriet Island, Taste of Minnesota's music offerings included Atmosphere, Retribution Gospel Choir, Haley Bonar, P.O.S., and a ton of national acts ranging from 311 to Sammy Hagar to the Walkmen to Dawes. We will keep a close eye on the coming developments of this story.
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