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Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

Photos: Annual Taste of the Holidays in Downtown Batavia

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Friday night was the first night of Taste of the Holidays. The festivities included a chance for visitors to the tent on Jackson Street to sample food from area restaurants and visit with other vendors. Bus rides to the Holland Land Museum Office to see the Wonderland of Trees were also part of the event.

The event continues today from noon to 3 p.m. and will include carriage rides and a scavenger hunt.

Children can also visit Santa today in City Centre.

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

BID deems second annual 'Taste of the Holidays' a success

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Press release:

On Dec. 7 and 8, the Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District (BID), hosted the 2nd Annual Taste of the Holidays.

Friday evening’s event included the official lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, music by Rich Conroy, tastings from local restaurants, horse and wagon rides, and a scavenger hunt to lead people to the downtown businesses. Eleven local restaurants handed out samples under a tent located on historic Jackson Street.

More than 500 people attended the Friday event with great success. Saturday’s afternoon event also included the scavenger hunt, but was geared toward families and children, with music by Bart & Kevin. Area businesses and local organizations had holiday activities for children under the tent including crafts, face painting, free hot cocoa by Coffee Culture, and much more. The always popular McMahon School of Irish Dance kicked up their heels for the event as well as Jason the Juggler. The YWCA sponsored a gingerbread house contest. Approximately 300 families turned out for the Saturday event.

The major sponsors for the Taste of the Holidays were Müller Quaker and Alpina Foods, Batavia’s new yogurt companies. Alpina Foods even handed out free yogurt samples during the weekend event.
 
The Batavia Business Improvement District also took the opportunity to find out the wish lists of area residents. Their table’s activity not only included a station to write to Santa Claus, but also a station to send a letter to the BID saying, “I wish Batavia…” The letters included straightforward answers such as “a bakery, lower taxes, or less congested traffic on Main Street.” But the children’s comments were more imaginative including, “fireworks, no more snowstorms, a play place, and a popcorn place.”  
 
The winner of this year’s Downtown Batavia Scavenger Hunt is Peyton Woeller, age 6, of Batavia. Peyton attended the Saturday children’s day activities for Taste of the Holidays and completed the scavenger hunt with his mother and twin sister. Peyton won a $100 gift BID certificate after visiting participating businesses and determining what day of Christmas each business represented.

Peyton’s reaction to winning “definitely rang with Christmas spirit,” said BID Director Don Burkel. “Peyton shared his gift certificate with his twin sister without hesitation. He knew immediately he wanted to go to Adam Miller Toy & Bike.”

The owner of Floral Fantasies, Sherry Balvo, also agreed the event was great for the community. She went above and beyond as a scavenger hunt participant by giving out gift bags with ornaments.
 
The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) will be planning their yearly events after the New Year’s. Anyone who would like to volunteer for events or be part of the planning process are encouraged to contact the BID office at 344-0900 or e-mail [email protected]

Be sure to like the Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District on Facebook so you can keep in touch with future events.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Photos: Taste of the Holidays, Downtown Batavia

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The first night of Taste of the Holidays in Downtown Batavia had hundreds of people turn out to sample food from local restaurants and visit downtown merchants.

The event continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, with Jason the Juggler, music by Bart & Kevin, and horse and wagon rides.

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Taste of the Holidays downtown is Dec. 7-8

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Press release:

Join in the holiday spirit at the second annual “Taste of the Holidays” on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Holiday Tent in Jackson Street parking lot in festive Downtown Batavia.

New this year will be The Scavenger Hunt: The Twelve Days of Christmas. This should encourage more people to go into the stores, identify the day, and then look around for holiday gifts. Another reason for coming downtown will be to see all the festive window displays.

The B.I.D. Taste of the Holidays Committee has put a lot of effort into this event and wants you to join in the celebration.

Friday, Dec. 7 (5-9 p.m.):

  • Lighting of the community Christmas tree and singing of carols. (Tree next to Bank of America on Main Street.)
  • Holiday Tent: several area restaurants will provide samples from their menu. Admission: $1/person.
  • Holiday Scavenger Hunt: Twelve Days of Christmas – in downtown stores with a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate.
  • Horse and carriage rides (6-9 p.m. -- Center Street parking lot across from Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles) Rides: $1 -- proceeds donated to: Don Carroll “Toys For Kids."

Saturday, Dec. 8 (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.):

  • Holiday Tent: Free children’s holiday activities (decorating ornaments, coloring, making Christmas cards and puppets, etc.)
  • Holiday Scavenger Hunt: Twelve Days of Christmas – downtown stores.
  • Entertainment: Bart Dentino & Kevin Huber (12-3 p.m.) and the McMahon Irish School of Dance.
  • Horse & Wagon Rides (12-3 p.m. - Center Street): Rides $1 (for “Toys for Kids”)

Hosted by: Batavia Business Improvement District
For more information visit:  www.downtownbataviany.com

(Don't confuse this event with Christmas in the City, which is inside City Centre on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.)

Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

Winners from BID's 'Taste of the Holidays' announced

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Press release:

Downtown Batavia – The first “Taste Of The Holidays” hosted by the Batavia Business Improvement District, which took place on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, was a huge success. More than 400 people attended the Friday night tastings under the Holiday Tent.

Seven area restaurants participated and three winners were selected by the people as the “Best of…The Taste of the Holidays” based upon their favorite tastings.

First place went to the B.I.D.’s own Sunny’s Restaurant,12 Batavia City Centre, for their outstanding Artichoke French and Vodka Pasta dishes. Second place went to Delavan’s, 107 Evans St., for their scrumptious Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions, and in third place was Batavia’s Original, 500 E. Main St., for their delicious Specialty Pizzas. Other participants were: Coffee Culture, Molasses Hill, O’Lacy’s Irish Pub and T.F. Brown’s. All should be congratulated as they made the debut of this event most successful.

Three individuals who won the gift certificates were: Jeff Allen from Oakfield, Darrell and Janet Smith from Medina, and Carrie Lawrence from Batavia.

Jeff Allen from Oakfield said, “Hope this is a tradition that will grow.”

We hope so, too, and encourage more area restaurants to join us next year. Any restaurants who are interested in participating or individuals who would like being on the committee for the 2012 “Taste of the Holidays,” please let us know by calling Don Burkel at the B.I.D.: 344-0900.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

Photos: Taste of the Holidays

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