Taste of St. Louis Moving to Chesterfield

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Downtown food festival Taste of St. Louis is moving to Chesterfield, event organizers announced today. It has traditionally been held at the Soldiers Memorial Plaza near other downtown instutions like the Peabody Opera House, Union Station and St. Louis City Hall.

See also: The Food of Taste of St. Louis 2013

As the Post-Dispatch's Ian Froeb first reported, the Chesterfield Ampitheater (631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield) was a big factor in the decision to relocate. It's also where the Bluesweek Festival will be held this year, as opposed to downtown.

To put it mildly, Twitter is not happy. Many are concerned that the location change will diminish attendance, while others say Chesterfield is not really St. Louis. It will definitely make it difficult for the Metro East to participate, especially since the MetroLink doesn't provide service to Chesterfield, and the buses are iffy.

On the other hand, there is definitely a market in west county for this sort of event, and it will no doubt attract attendees from the outskirts of St. Louis like O'Fallon and St. Charles, perhaps even Wentzville. In a statement, Taste of St. Louis says it's looking to include "a more geographically diverse Restaurant Row."

"We are the region of St. Louis. We are St. Louis County. There are so many elements that make up the metro area," Taste of St. Louis organizer K. Sonderegger tells Gut Check. "We now have the opportunity for a more regional draw for our patrons and attract additional restaurants that may not have come downtown before."

Sonderegger says Taste of St. Louis wasn't trying to leave out the county when it was held downtown, and they aren't trying to leave out downtown residents by moving it to Chesterfield. She points out that the bus only takes about twenty minutes and drops you off right at Chesterfield Mall. In fact, she feels the new location will make it more of a regional event.

"Taste of St. Louis approached us to make it a more regional draw and we're pretty excited," the city of Chesterfield's superintendent of recreation operations Kari Johnson tells us. "The Chesterfield Amphitheater is such a unique venue that people can just come and relax and enjoy the nice ambiance."

"With the permanent stage, we're going to be able to put on some amphitheater shows and VIP experiences that we haven't been able to do in the past," Sonderegger says. Taste of St. Louis is working with Bravo, the Food Network and the Cooking Channel to bring in some "culinary heavy hitters." "We're excited about those possibilities. We just want to make this the best Taste of St. Louis we've had so far for everyone."

Taste of St. Louis will be September 19 to 21 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.




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Chesterfield Amphitheater

631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, MO

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Spinbliss.com
Spinbliss.com

We were considering sponsoring both events this year, now we're not so sure.

Jax Rox
Jax Rox

I say perhaps organizers don't wanna drive downtown for work. I 2nd Forest Park location - its a no brainer!

STLOUISCITY
STLOUISCITY

It is really disgusting how the city of St Louis is constantly being used and abused by people who don't live in St Louis. Why would anyone in Chesterfield want to hold a Taste of ST Louis out in Chesterfield?  They have made it very clear they want NO part of reuniting with the city, and this is just another way of taking money from the city and giving it to the 1%. Nobody in St Louis goes to Chesterfield, and having this City event in Chesterfield guarantees that 99% of the attendants will not be from St Louis. Why even call it the Taste of ST Louis when it really is the Taste of Chesterfield! My family has come to ST Louis from Chicago the last three years for the Taste of ST Louis, there is no way I would allow my family to come here for an event that has nothing to do with ST Louis!

It is time the city stop letting people who do not live in ST Louis dictate what events are held downtown. I have never been to Chesterfield, and will never go any place in Missouri where there is no diversity, and where people use another City name to show case their Country event at the Real City expense.

This is why Missouri is the 5th most MISERABLE STATE IN AMERICA, and if the city continue to let places outside of ST Louis dictate what happens in ST Louis... that 5th most Miserable STATE will soon have the  #1 MOST Miserable CITY IN AMERICA! What really is amazing these same people stream into St Louis every day to go to work, but the city is not good enough for them to stream into the city for a City event that belongs to St Louis!

Now somebody tell me what does the Taste of ST Louis and Chesterfield have in common? This is like Night and Day.....NOTHING!!!

Manuela Biener
Manuela Biener

CHESTERFIELD IS NOT ST LOUIS! LET'S LEAVE THE YUPPIES TO THEIR OWN EVENTS, SO THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIVE IN THE CITY CAN GO! THIS IS SO STUPID!

Michael T Bright
Michael T Bright

Still has a ways to go Stl. Or shall I say MO. It's not the 1900s no more. It's 2014 . City folk is just as equal to the country folks or county folks. Might as well call it the chesterfield valley taste.

Audacious Melodious
Audacious Melodious

So taking the money away from the city and giving it to Chesterfield takes away from those monies being put into fixing those falling houses...but I digress...

Audacious Melodious
Audacious Melodious

I'm so not going to Chesterfield to listen to Blues either. They love to steal don't they?

Audacious Melodious
Audacious Melodious

They didn't even want the Metrolink due to "undesirables". I'm guessing they think the "undesirables" won't have a way there since the metro wasn't built.

Christin Carr
Christin Carr

Taste of SAINT LOUIS! Not taste of st. Charles

Hulon Mike Willis
Hulon Mike Willis

My thoughts- if they are trying to make it more centrally located- Chesterfield is not the answer. There is more underlying issues in this move- SOME won't be able to attend...

Matt Gonzales
Matt Gonzales

In the end your less likely to get shot, or having your car broken into. These two alone are added benefits. Lock and Load!!

Brian McDowell
Brian McDowell

Makes sense. Far less chance of getting your car broken into in Chesterfield than downtown.

DrSalad
DrSalad

I don't mean to brag, but I lived in Chesterfield for almost a decade. It was like living in a Guy Fieri wet dream set in Mayberry. The only bookstores are the chains in the shopping malls. The same goes for the art galleries, which are really just glorified poster stores. The only museum is dedicated to luxury cars. Chesterfield has systematically torn down everything that isn't pre-fab, glass-and-drywall commercial-ready property, and they only new thing they've built in the past decade built is two dueling outlet malls.

I'm sure next year's Bluesweek line-up will be Blueshammer and Blueshammer cover bands, and the crowds will be teeming with old dads in their madras jorts, with the newest generation of trophy wives in tow.

But don't worry, Taste of St. Louis will be back downtown in three years. No reasonable person wants to shlep out there, even for an afternoon, and Chesterfudlians only eat their young.

NoisyLettuce
NoisyLettuce

To all the rich white people in the county. We know you want your faux-posh event closer to your commute and cookie-cutter comfort homes, but please stop robbing the city of its culture. You folks out in the country are avoidant (to the max) of the grit, racial issues, and reality of Downtown St. Louis. Answer me this, how is the downtown core supposed to become more liveable and safe if the money doesn't roll downhill?


Chesterfield is a disgusting piece of suburban sprawl that nobody should want to live in. The box stores, the cement, the head-in-the-sand mentality...what cultured person would want that? What does "Taste of St. Louis" even mean to you? You want a taste of St. Louis, come downtown! All of the spoiled folks in the county have no sense of what living in a city means. 


This event should be in St. Louis. This event is about so much more than food. This event represents culture, people, the local economy, and our city. Our city folks. That which we cannot reduce down to a parking lot and a flashy new amphitheatre. What a joke. 

Sara Scoles Blessing
Sara Scoles Blessing

More regional..? I guess they are dying for West County people, and ONLY west county people to attend! This is bullshit.

Lynn Croxton
Lynn Croxton

Then start a "Taste of Chesterfield" complete with overpriced food the rich people who live there can afford. This is an elitist and inappropriate move. It's a slap in the face to poor people who've enjoyed the event and a sure way to incite division. Careful, careful, 1%, the masses are getting hungrier every minute.

Jennifer Parker
Jennifer Parker

Don't forget, Chesterfield was practically a flooded hole in the ground 20 years ago. Har har. Taste of ST. LOUIS FTW!!! Keep it in the city!!!

Jennifer Parker
Jennifer Parker

sounds like an excellent alternative! we should all just restaurant-hop that night and try out a bunch of different downtown restaurants instead! :-)

Jennifer Parker
Jennifer Parker

also, i definitely won't be attending the Taste of CHESTERFIELD.

Bob Goode
Bob Goode

Let's put it up in a neighborhood so the front lawns and landscaping can be ruined, like the people of Soulard during Mardi Gras. F*ck Chesterfield!

Glenn Grothaus
Glenn Grothaus

this is literally the dumbest move ever. Give me a break. Downtown was awesome! And I live in Chesterfield

Jean Whitney
Jean Whitney

Business motivation--more money to be had by vendors in burbs. Same reasons everything else flees the City.

Ben Fine
Ben Fine

We must live in the most hateful city in America. No wonder downtown St. Louis sucks! Seriously..drive past it on 64/40 on a Saturday night and there's literally nothing going on unless there's a sporting event or concert. Ever visit Chicago or Indianapolis then return to St. Louis? It's a joke. It's time to get rid of Slay and elect Joe Edwards as our new mayor. Imagine our city as one large Delmar Loop? Now it's all about the central corridor...

Jean Whitney
Jean Whitney

a disaster for Chesterfield and killing StL fun

A.R.
A.R.

I am a big fan of the Taste of St. Louis and have been attending/ participating for eight years. Although this change of location may come as shock to many, I am totally confident that it will be an amazing year and another stellar event. The leaders of TSL have proven time and time again to be extremely motivated and knowledgeable with how to host an such unforgettable event. I only hope that St. Louis and beyond can realize what a blessing it is to have people so dedicated to providing us with the Taste of St. Louis.

I am thankful for the other Taste of St. Louis fans who are embracing this new, exciting change. This is a wonderful opportunity to have unity within St. Louis city and county, and to continue breaking down the segregation and discrimination between them.

To all the true fans of the Taste of St. Louis, I look forward to seeing you there this fall!

Ben Fine
Ben Fine

Ok..and there's no gated communities in St. Charles or South County? Or by Forest Park?

David Goldstick
David Goldstick

Would the Taste of Chicago ever be held in Arlington Heights? Umm, not a chance. Bad judgment by Taste of St. Louis, unfortunately.

Julia Porfirjeva
Julia Porfirjeva

Enough with being negative about suburbs. There are good people everywhere. It shows to ur close minded attitude if u feel everyone in the suburbs are not cultured. But fair should stay in downtown.

cooper
cooper

@NoisyLettuce  I've seen two downtown car chases ending in shootouts.  If I'm a racist for wanting to take my family somewhere safe, I apologize.  Plenty of money has been dropped in the decay of the city.  You've taken advantage of it for years.. Stop being such a liberal and clean your act up.

EDubs
EDubs

@NoisyLettuce  I've found the whole county vs city arguments that have come out of this announcement incredibly annoying. To be clear, I don't think one is better than the other. I think both the county and the city are necessary and I can see benefits to living in both areas. What I find annoying is when people argue that people from West County need to be more accepting of Downtown St. Louis ("the grit, racial issues, and reality of Downtown St. Louis" as you called it) but then proceed to bash everything about West County calling it a "a disgusting piece of suburban sprawl that nobody should want to live in." Hold the phone, people from West County are supposed to feel welcome in downtown St. Louis when you're spewing nothing but intolerance?

NoisyLettuce
NoisyLettuce

@A.R.  More like this is a wonderful opportunity to continue the tradition of segregation and discrimination between St. Louis City and the county. 

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