Taste Of Oviedo The 18th Annual "Taste of Oviedo" took place this past Saturday at the newly renovated, improved and recently renamed "Oviedo Mall"
1059 Sunny FM's Paco Lopez I co-hosted the event with Arnie Nussbaum, and spent the better part of the afternoon enjoying the local merchants, food and entertainment.
Allison Walker from Central Florida News 13 Allison, who is no stranger to Central Florida's entertainment, festivals, events and hot spots, was also a co-host and kicked off the morning's festivities at the Taste of Oviedo Stage.
Co-host and emcee Arnie Nussbaum One of Central Florida's most beloved emcees and hosts, The multi-talented Arnie Nussbaum was our co-host for the day. He's always there to cordially share the spotlight.
Linda (a 17 Oviedo native) has a dream and passion to pursue her expression of music, and has completed 4 original songs & plans to have her CD completed by next month. She performed early on Saturday to the Taste of Oviedo.(Photo by Tom Gottshalk)
Alexa Nielon Alexa is a 12 year old local Winter Springs performer. She most recently won Winter Spring's Got Talent, Oviedo's Got Talent and Seminole's Got Talent! Alexa has been performing since age 6 and has been seen on the stage in numerous productions at theaters around Central Florida. I saw her last year in Winter Springs and she blew me away! (Photo by Tom Gottshalk)
Leftover Biscuits From Geneva, Leftover Biscuits Band plays bluegrass, old country and gospel music. Always a crowd favorite, you can hear them from the porch of the Lawton House on the first Saturday of every month at the Oviedo Farmer's Market, and every third Saturday of the month at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center. They're working on a new CD to be released soon. (Photo by Tom S. Gottshalk)
Ian Vidal Ian Vidal and his Band play from smooth jazz, to neo-soul, and a little R&B. They're soothing tones were loved by Oviedo's Taste patrons. Additionally, he has a new CD called "Let's See What Happens" a combination of smooth jazz, and R&B instrumentals with strings. (Photo by Tom Gottshalk)
Lindsey Leigh Lindsey Leigh is a local Central Florida artist who is pursuing her dream. She has traveled to the "Big Apple" recently and has worked with Grammy winning production teams to release her original songs on itunes, where you can find her work. She was a crowd favorite and sang everything from dance to R&B to classics. With a great range, voice and powerful delivery, this soulful little star could soon shine on Broadway! (Photo by Tom Gottshalk)
House of Da'Le It was amazing to see how much energy House of Da'Le brought to the stage. The new exercise craze sweeping the country is "Zumba" a Brazilian born "dance/exercise" that incorporates Spanish rhythms from Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, Reggaeton, & Dance. They electrified the crowd with their contagious energy! Prior to beginning, Susan (who admitted to be almost 70) prefaced their performance saying, "I have no rhythm, and if I can do it, you can too!" They ALL did an amazing job. You can visit them in the Oviedo Mall to take classes in Zumba, Bellydancing, Yoga, Turbokick, Boot Camp, and general fitness. (Photo by Paco Lopez)
School of Rock School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons with group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. They did a great job and the audience cheered out loud for these wonderfully talented kids. (Photo by Paco Lopez)
School of Rock School of Rock's band members rotated instruments and singing lead and background vocals on all their songs...giving all a chance to shine in the spotlight! Their stars shined brightly! Congratulations...mom, dad, we know you must be proud! (Photo by Tom Gottshalk)
17-70 The band 17-70 started in 2007 as a group of Winter Springs police officers and members of their family who wanted to get together and play music. This fun activity has turned into a rock band that plays several community events each year. From their first public performance in the Winter Springs Town Center to their high energy performance this past Saturday, it's all been done for fun, never for pay. Over the last five years the band has played everything from D.A.R.E. graduations and fund raisers for families in need to The Taste of Oviedo, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the Winter Springs Celebration of Freedom on the 4th of July. The current band members are Officers Dave Raney, John Briggle and Jim Wilkins, Communications Operator Kyle Wilkins and family members A.J. Wilkins and Carlos Negron. Thank you for your service in the community and your performance on stage! We appreciate both! (Photo by Tom Gottshalk)
Car Show The car show was awesome! Cars from the classics to the current. From the 50's & 60's...muscle cars, cruisers, 'Stangs, Vettes...it was all there! Hope you got to see these mint reconditioned beauties! (Photo by Bridget Lake)
Food and Vendor Booths There was plenty of great food too! From Ale House (which just recently broke ground), to Panera, which will even include a drive thru when completed this year, there were tons of booths with great treats for your tummy! (Photo by Bridget Lake)
More Vendor Booths! 1059 Sunny FM's booth to free messages, to political candidates for Oviedo and Central Florida. You had it all! (Photo by Bridget Lake).
The Audience Here's a shot of the crowd in front of the Taste Stage, enjoying another great performer! (Photo by Paco Lopez)
Rows and Rows of Vendors It's too bad if you missed it this time. The "Taste of Oviedo" continues to become a fun, exciting and ever growing event that is a family favorite for all! (Photo by Paco Lopez)
So Many Vendor Booths Crowds of people visited every one of the hundreds of booths located throughout the new Oviedo Mall at the Taste of Oviedo event! (Photo by Paco Lopez).
The Kids Area The children had plenty to do as well. Rock climbing walls, ball crawls, bouncing houses, bungee jumps. Don't forget to bring the children for a fun time next go 'round! We'll see your WHOLE family there! (Photo by Bridget Lake).
Fireworks Finale! Oooh...Ahhhh....We put a bow on it with a beautiful Fireworks Finale at the end of the day! Thanks Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce for another wonderful, family friendly event to enjoy with the entire community! We look forward to the 19th Annual Taste of Oviedo! We're sure the planning has already begun! (Photo by Bridget Lake).