It was Don and Jerri Reichert’s first time at the fifth annual Taste of Windsor Now! event Thursday in Boardwalk Park and the Greeley couple said the setting couldn’t be more ideal.
“I think the atmosphere is beautiful with the lake out there,” Jerri Reichert said. “What a perfect setting. You can’t help but just relax.”
The more-than-2,000 person crowd was the largest the event has seen in its five years, Windsor Now! Event Producer Emily Tilton said
The crowd had set up chairs and umbrellas in the park by the time Fort Collins-based funk band Euforquestra took the stage at 6 p.m. as part of the town’s ongoing summer concert series. Euforquestra saxophonist Robert Espe picked up a deep fried Oreo before the band’s set and said he hoped the crowd would enjoy the band’s blend of funk, reggae and soul music.
“It’s always nice to be playing when the sun goes down, the energy is great,” Espe said. “It’s also nice playing for families, especially with this kind of music. Hopefully we’ll have some of the kids up dancing.”
Attendees had their pick of cheesesteak sandwiches, garden-fresh vegetables and fried Oreos from vendors that included CSK’s Grill, All Time Favorites, Famous Dave’s, Kona Ice, Maui Wowi, Rumi’s House of Kabob, Taste of Philly and Wing Shack.
Don Reichert chose a kabob, while his wife decided to try Wing Shack, but she said she wasn’t finished tasting what the event had to offer.
“I love it,” she said. “I’m doing the Philly cheese next.”
Michelle Ulaszek said she tried a funnel cake, which was “worth every penny.”
“I’m a Realtor, and I used to work in Loveland,” she said. “People always said to come check out Windsor and this is my first time here. It’s our first time and we enjoyed it.”
A beer garden was also on site, with all proceeds going to benefit the Northern Colorado Soccer Club.
Wing Shack owner Brian Seifried said this year was the businesses’ second time at the event, and it’s first time using its new food truck.
“This is its inaugural trip in Windsor,” Seifried said. “We’re excited to get it out here and show it off.”
He said the event offered a good way for the business to get a little exposure and meet some new people in the community.
The annual event is produced by the Windsor Now! newspaper in partnership with the town of Windsor.