The 3rd Annual Taste of Springfield presented by Springfield Grocer Company, the city's largest outdoor food festival, will take place Saturday Oct.3rd from 11:30 am to 4:30pm in downtown Springfield. Taste of Springfield will be held on Park Central Square, and continuing down South Avenue to Walnut Street. More than 20 locally-owned restaurants will serve sample-sized portions of some of their signature dishes to attendees, who will be able to vote on their favorites. Other activities include a kid's area, a cooking stage, a beer garden, a live cake-decorating event, a firefighter "Grill-Off," and live music by Nigel and the Ghost, Jah Kings, the Honkytonk Renovators, and performers from Springfield Little Theatre. Best of all, admission is FREE. For more information call the Urban Districts Alliance at 831-6200 or visit www.itsalldowntown.com.