Food fare is just part of this fair

Thirty-seven restaurants' wares, kids' stuff, arts and crafts and live entertainment hit uptown today through Sunday at the Taste of Charlotte put on by Lowes Foods.

Among the restaurants slated to bring fare (the complete list is at www.tasteofcharlotte.com): Amelie's French Bakery, Bombay Cuisine, Brixx, Chen's Bistro, Creation, Dixie's Tavern, The Fractured Prune Donut Shop, Fuel Pizza, Jolina, Mert's, RiRa, Tamarind and Udipi. So expect a varied and international lineup of goodies.

There's no admission fee, but you'll need special coins to buy food and drink. They're sold at several locations and run seven for $10, 15 for $20 and so on. Food items will go for one to three coins, drinks two to six. Unused coins can't be returned for money, but organizers say you can save them and use them next year.

The Best of the Taste awards will be announced tonight at 8. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event essentially covers the Square, and beginning at 9 a.m. this morning, the following streets will be closed: Tryon between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Sixth; and Third, Fourth, Trade and Fifth from College to Church streets. On-street parking will be free after 6 p.m. today and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Need more info? Check the Web site or call 704-947-6590.