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July 16, 2010

Artscape food: your review here

ArtscapeIt's Artscape time and you know that that means. Food! Food! Food! (And, yes, some art.)

If you go, I'd like to hear what you think of the food. Post your mini-reviews on the blog and we'll use some of them in the paper Monday. 

I have a story in The Sun on what's new on the Artscape food scene.

After grouping vendors with healthful foods in a single "green food court" near the Charles Theatre the past two years, Artscape organizers decided to mix them in with the funnel cakes and fries this year so people don't have to schlep so far reach them.

There are about 60 food vendors, just five of them new. One of the newcomers has a deep-fried codfish hot dog. Another new concessionaire is Josef's Country Inn in Fallston, which is serving flatbread pizzas.

Let's hear what you think of those and other Artscape delicacies.

Sun file photo

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 12:15 PM | | Comments (2)


Sadly, the beer scene is not improved. Blue Moon is the "best" available. Since many craft brewers consider their work a form of art, I had much higher expectations for Artscape. This is one area that needs a significant upgrade next year.

Mitch, years ago there were Maryland beer booths serving Wild Goose, DeGroen's, CLipper City and Oxford Class. Then a wholesaler got a hold of the exclusive, which is why the beers you see are the ones you see. As it is, many craft brewers would not be able tp provide the sheer quantities that a festival like this requires - mine certainly could not, although locally, Clipper City or Flying Dog might. Perhaps a word with the powers at be at Artscape could produce a better craft presence at the festival?

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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