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Taste of Edmonton heads back to Churchill Square

Taste of Edmonton will move back to its original home in Churchill Square for the 2020 festival.
Taste of Edmonton will move back to its original home in Churchill Square for the 2020 festival. Global News

After two years at Capital Plaza, Taste of Edmonton will officially return to Churchill Square next summer.

The festival made the announcement Wednesday, saying the 2020 summer food festival will head back to its old home.

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The festival has been located at Capital Plaza, just north of the Alberta legislature, for the past two summers due to construction in Churchill Square.

The festival said the move to Capital Plaza was always seen as a temporary solution during the construction.

“With the renovations, enhanced programming and more vendors, we think you will like what is in store for the future on the Churchill Square site,” the festival said.

Reviews of the new location were mixed, with many festival-goers saying they preferred Capital Plaza because the entire site was licensed.

Festival goers want Taste of Edmonton to stay at new location
Festival goers want Taste of Edmonton to stay at new location

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However, some vendors did express concern about not being allowed to bring in deep fryers because of the granite surface in some sections of the plaza.

After the 2019 festival wrapped up, Taste of Edmonton general manager Paul Lucas told Global News Churchill Square is better from a financial standpoint. It costs about $170,000 extra to have the event at Capital Plaza.

“The Churchill Square site has additional infrastructure that helps lower the costs of producing the event, and for a not-for-profit organization that is very important, enabling us to keep the festival growing along with giving back to the 22 local charities we support,” the festival tweeted Wednesday.

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The 2020 Taste of Edmonton festival will run from July 16 to 26.

The city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks and family programming will remain at the legislature grounds for Dec. 31, 2019, due to LRT construction activities.