Between the alligator and crab cakes, Bavarian-style bratwurst, chocolate-covered strawberries and deep-fried elephant ears, Bill Dalziel of "A Taste of Edmonds" has both...
Name: Bill Dalziel.
Hometown: Lives in Bothell, works in Edmonds.
Affiliation: Chairman of “A Taste of Edmonds” food vendors committee; director of Edmonds Boys & Girls Club.
How long he’s been involved: Four years volunteering with the festival.
Cooking specialty: While Dalziel says he’s not a chef or a food vendor by trade, he does say, “I’m the professional barbecue person. That’s what my wife tells me; ‘course, she’d tell me anything to make me feel good.”
His story: Between the alligator and crab cakes, Bavarian-style bratwurst, chocolate-covered strawberries and deep-fried elephant ears, Bill Dalziel of “A Taste of Edmonds” has both his hands and his palate full.
He helps decide which vendors get to dish delicious goodies to festival-goers in downtown Edmonds this Aug. 13-15.
He says he strives to provide a variety of offerings, “so we don’t have 15 kettle corns.”
The event can draw about 100,000 people who flock to hear musicians, lounge at a beer or wine garden, purchase crafts and get just a taste of what Edmonds has to offer. Typically, about 35 vendors vie for the attention of fairgoers’ taste buds.
“I just like the people,” said Dalziel. “I think almost all of the vendors are fun to be around and they’re working hard to make a buck.”
Because the festival takes place on Edmonds’ Civic Center Playfield, Dalziel, also director of the Edmonds Boys & Girls Club, has to move about 120 kids participating in the club’s summer camp to a different locale for the three days.
He likes dealing with an older age group for a bit.
“It’s fun to do something that isn’t kids-related necessarily,” said Dalziel. “When you have 50 to 60 kids running in and out of your building all day long, it’s kind of nice to have a change.”
Plus, he says, he has rapport with the vendors.
“I give them a bad time and they give me a bad time and everybody’s happy,” said Dalziel. “For three days, I kind of call it home.”
His summer event:
A Taste of Edmonds is Aug. 13-15, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Bell Street and the Civic Center Playfield between Sixth and Seventh avenues, Edmonds; $2 adults, free admission for age 10 and younger. Information: 425-670-1496 or www.edmondswa.com/Events/Taste/index.html)
Jennifer Lloyd, staff reporter