Walter’s Perspective: Low Attendance At Taste Is Actually Sweet

CHICAGO (CBS) — A lot of noise in town tonight — burping and belching about attendance being down at the Taste of Chicago.

Hardly 2 million people at the Taste, 300,000 fewer than last year. The food sellers, the Park District, the mayor -– all of them belching bad news about the Taste.

`Scuse my belch, but I think it’s good news that fewer people were at the Taste, stuffed themselves with French fries, garlic fries and fried dough; popcorn, caramel corn, cheese corn and cheeseburgers; and sausage-and-cheese pizza; and sugar rolls and chocolate-chip crunch-dippers, while obesity in Chicago is more than double the national average.

Children in Chicago between the ages of 3 and 13: 50 percent of them are obese -– 50 percent.

Fewer children at the Taste of Chicago may mean fewer children heading toward heart disease, liver disease, brain disease or breast or colon cancer. The news can’t get any better than that.

  • Marilou Dzadon

    Walter, I attended the Taste of Chicago this year and did not eat any of the food you mentioned. Everything I had was healthy and delicious and the $2.00 tastes were pretty generous. I think the reason for the poor attendance was the media coverage of the flash gangs and lake front problems (also, no big headliner bands). Personally, I felt it was one of the best tastes ever.

  • Sarah

    It seems like you are saying that the Taste of Chicago is to blame for childhood obesity. The Taste is a 10 day affair. What are these kids eating the other 355 days of the year while sitting in front of the TV playing video games?

    I too did not have anything that you mentioned on your list either.

    Also, like the other commented, that it was one of the best tastes ever. BJ’s Market and The Smoke House? Awesome!

  • Bob

    What a waste of time, i would not go and never will. Everething is always on the North Side or Downtown.. I’ll save my money for things on the South Side…

  • Jerry

    What ridiculous and irresponsible journalism from one who’s time has passed.

  • RudeDog

    Out of that 50%, how many are on welfare, food stamps or any other sort of state aid to keep them fat and lazy. Perpetuating the cycle?

  • tom Sharp

    What a moron!

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