Taste of Minnesota will return to St. Paul’s Harriet Island for Fourth of July

The Taste of Minnesota music and food festival will return to St. Paul’s Harriet Island next summer after a three-year break.

Taste had debuted in 1983 as a free festival on the state Capitol grounds but grew so much that it moved to the more spacious Harriet Island park across the river from downtown St. Paul. 

By 2010, it had evolved into a high-admission event with top music draws and higher-end restaurants. After that, the festival filed for bankruptcy.

To fill the midsummer void, St. Paul had arranged another music festival on Harriet Island in 2012, but that lasted just one year.

Linda Maddox — wife of the late Ron Maddox, one of the original Taste founders — is bringing back the festival and says it will be free or low-cost. A local investment group is backing the venture.

It’s scheduled for July 3-6.

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