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Downtown Batavia Block Party to celebrate Labor Day weekend

Taste of Batavia, music, pie contest, kids lineup in store

BATAVIA – Late summer fun will get a boost from the Downtown Batavia Block Party and Taste of Batavia during Labor Day weekend, featuring music, a vintage car show and a Pie Bake-off capped by slices of homemade goodness.

Designed to gather families, friends and visitors at the Batavia Riverwalk and North River Street on Sept. 2, the event will offer free activities for children and $3 samplings of specialties from a variety of the town's restaurants.

Along North River Street, Old Gold Cruisers is expected to display 150 to 200 classic, American-made cars, said Cathy McNally, director of development and special events for Batavia MainStreet, which organizes the Block Party and Taste of Batavia.

Dick Diamond and The Dusters will return to headline on the Peg Bond Center stage.

"He's a crowd favorite [performing] very family-friendly cover music," McNally said. "He really involves the audience. [There's] a lot of audience participation in their show. And they've just been really entertaining."

The music stage will feature Evan Reid at 4 p.m.; River City Revival at 4:30 p.m.; Batavia Academy of Dance performers at 5:30 p.m.; and Dick Diamond and The Dusters at 6 p.m.

In addition to Taste of Batavia on the Riverwalk, people can visit different restaurants on North River Street that also will offer special tastings from their menus, McNally said.

Serving some of their favorite dishes at the Batavia Riverwalk will be Gammon Coach House, Wilson Street Tavern, Andres' Restaurant food truck, River's Edge Bar & Grill, Pal Joey's, a shaved ice truck, Team FIB BBQ Catering, Fernando's Street Kitchen and Bernie's Bully Dogs. Among the beverages will be beer, wine and Margaritas.

The eateries have chosen one or two specialties to offer in sample sizes.

"All of the food is at the $3 price point," McNally said.

New this year, the Batavia Mothers' Club will run the Pie Bake-off.

"We believe we'll be able to tap into some pretty talented bakers with that group," McNally said.

The fee is $5 per pie to enter the contest, and everyone is welcome. Complete rules are posted at

For a sweet treat, dessert will feature $3 slices of the entries vying for contest honors in the Pie Bake-off. Once judges have done their job, pieces of the homemade pies will be sold. The entry fees and slice sales will be a fundraiser for the Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation.

Children will be treated to free activities when River City Church in St. Charles again provides bounce house fun, face-painting, snow cones and a variety of games.

"They use it as an outreach ministry for their church," McNally said of the church's partnership in the event. "They go all out, bringing many volunteers from the church community to come out and entertain the kids at the Block Party. That's a really big draw. They do such a good job."

In addition, the Batavia Fire Department will bring a ladder truck to explore, and the Batavia Park District will offer paddleboat rentals on Depot Pond.

Some picnic tables will be in place, but visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The Block Party is held in partnership with the city of Batavia and the park district.

"It should be … fun," McNally said. "We're looking for a retro, old-fashioned block-party type of vibe to the event – a fantastic opportunity to come and gather and bring the whole family."

If you go

WHAT: Downtown Batavia Block Party and Taste of Batavia

WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 2

WHERE: Peg Bond Center at the Riverwalk and North River Street in Batavia

COST: Free admission; $3 for food samplings

INFO:, 630-761-3528

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