Jonathan Cowan, 26, co-founder of Wooden Paddle Pizza, pulls out a pie from the portable wood-fire oven Friday at the Taste of Orland Park. | Nick Swedberg/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 2, 2014 9:30PM
Sharon Murdoch was so moved by the Neverly Brothers’ rendition of “Johnny B. Goode” that she had to kick off her sandals and dance.
Murdoch, 70, and her friend Marge Nowick, 70, both of Orland Park, look forward to the Taste of Orland Park every year for the chance to dance, enjoy good food and listen to great music.
“I don’t jitterbug that good, but she said, ‘Let’s do it!’ ” Murdoch said of her friend.
Crowds on Friday night filed through the rows of restaurant booths and settled in near the main stage for the first night of Orland Park’s 11th annual food fest.
Rain came down for about 20 minutes or so but cleared out in time for the 5 p.m. start of the three-day event. Clouds hung low through the evening, but rain stayed away.
The National Weather Service said Mother Nature should cooperate, with only a slight chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday and highs each day about 80.
“It’s a good weekend,” village Clerk John Mehalek said. “Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.”
Village officials are expecting about 30,000 people to attend the Taste this weekend. That’s not quite as many as last year, when roughly 35,000 showed up.
The festival hours are from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Village Center, 147th Street and Ravinia Avenue.
The Orland Park’s Got Talent contest and the Teen Battle of the Bands again will be held, and the festival’s most popular musical attraction, the Beatles cover band American English, will close the weekend Sunday night.
Mehalek said he was looking forward to seeing his son, Joe, 16, play with the Sandburg High School Marching Band on the main stage dance floor.
Saturday’s lineup at the Taste’s main stage includes Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners, BB and Shining Star. Besides American English, Jose Valdes & The Mambo All-Stars and the Voices will perform Sunday.
For more information, visit the Taste of Orland Park’s web page at orland-park.il.us.