Three, two, one — Taste (of Edmonds, that is)

The Beer Garden Stage is always a popular spot for Taste goers.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday — that’s where we stand in the countdown for the annual A Taste of Edmonds, set for Friday-Sunday at the Civic Center Playfield at 6th Avenue and Bell Street. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

First, the hours. The Taste runs Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $3, which includes all entertainment. Children 12 and under are free.

Second, the program. We’ve provided a link to it here. There’s a map of all the food and entertainment booths, the entertainment schedule and more.

Third, the entertainment. Three stages. Enough said. But here’s a sneak peek:
• The Beer Garden Stage sponsored by Budweiser and welcomed by KISS 106.1 will feature such bands as The Afrodisiacs, Randy Hansen, The Spazmatics, The Beatniks, VANITY (a Las Vegas dance band), Underride, Whiskey River and Shane Cobane as Elvis.
• The Frontier Communications Main Stage is welcomed by KOMO News Radio and will have The Smithereens (“A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses”) Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs, No Rules featuring members of the Sonics, British Export, The Halyards and the NW Rivals. And just added for Sunday: Edmonds’ own Irish step-dancing Gothard Sisters.
• The Kids’ Stage is welcomed by the new 94.1 KMPS and will feature artists including J.P. Patches, Buck and Elizabeth, Kid’s Karaoke, Reptile Isle and Naomi’s Musical Dream (a salute to Disney).

Fourth, getting there. Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds is sponsoring a free shuttle will drop people off at the festival entrance on 7th Avenue. The buses will depart and return to Edmonds-Woodway High School every 15 minutes, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also free.


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