Community members judge fare at the Taste

Five round tables adorned with red plastic sheets that covered most of the table top sat under a white tent just off Main Street in Batavia this weekend.

This was the location of the completely unscientific but delicious Taste of Clermont food judging.

About 20 members of the community who have made a difference in Clermont County were asked to judge 39 different foods from 12 different restaurants.

The foods were divided up into five categories: entrees, sandwiches, barbeque, appetizers and desserts. One award was given to each category.

At 11:30 a.m., long before the crowds packed into the blocked off area in downtown Batavia, vendors cooked up their specialties for the judges.

Mounds of food, neatly dressed and placed in plastic, styrofoam and foil, were placed at each table. Gingerly at first the judges began to taste each dish.

Comments began to arise from each table, which were focusing on one category of food.