With limited crowd, smaller Taste of Orland adds festival flavor to pandemic summer
Taste of Orland is smaller and has fewer food booths because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Palos Park native and 2019 contestant on “The Voice” Abby Kasch was thrilled to perform in front of an audience for the first time in five months. After belting out a couple of country songs Friday at the 17th Taste of Orland Park event, Kasch giddily addressed the crowd and turned a one-syllable word into four syllables thanks to an excited happy laugh. “It’s so good to be here, oh my Ga-ha-ha-hod,” she said. Several obstacles made made it once seem unlikely that Kasch would have the chance to sing and laugh on stage while fans enjoyed an in-person performance and ate pizza or smoked bacon sandwiches as part of the three-day event. Palos Park native Abby Kasch entertained the crowd Friday at the 17th Taste of Orland Park. (Jeff Vorva/Daily Southtown) (Jeff Vorva / Daily Southtown) The COVID-19 pandemic shut many things down in the United States since March and almost all public gatherings have been postponed or canceled. Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, however, has been insistent that many of the village’s events would still take place. This modified version of Ta