The annual Taste of Derby attracts hundreds of hungry Louisvillians seeking a bite from more than 40 different restaurants. This year, Insider Louisville asked a few attendees why they keep coming back year after year.

Taste of Derby guest Alyssa Huff said this was her second year coming with friends Gayle Ciliberti and Alisha Deatrick. They come “first of all, for Dare to Care, and then we came last year and we loved it, so we said we’d make an annual thing of it,” Huff said.

Deatrick added that it gives them the opportunity to try many restaurants’ food all at once.

All three ladies were carrying Tupperware containers, using them as trays with food from multiple restaurants in them.

Huff said they got the idea after seeing others do something similar last year. “There are so many booths and tables to get the food. We can eat multiple things as we go.”

For husband and wife, Lee Coles and Karen Trowell, it was their fourth Taste of Derby.

“We had a great time last year, we are going to have a greater time this year, and an even greater time next year,” said Trowell, adding that their group grows each year as they invite new people who’ve never been before.

Coles said that “the different restaurants and the people, family friends” has brought them back year after year.

[dc_ad size="9"] [dc_ad size="10"]

Norton Commons is a proud sponsor of Insider Louisville's Derby content. Rest assured, this sponsorship has no effect on the planning, development or distribution of any Insider Louisville editorial content.

Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]