Shark, gator-on-a-stick and more standard - but also generally delectable - food are on the menu at the Utah Arts Festival.
Maui Wowi, Italian Ices and other creations are also available to help keep participants cool as the 12th annual festival, "Fine Art, Serious Fun," winds down for final Saturday and Sunday exhibitions in downtown Salt Lake City.Last year some 89,000 people entered the festival, held on the Triad Center grounds and in the Union Pacific Depot, and attendance this year is projected at 90,000, said Rebecca Heal, assistant director.
The festival opens at noon and closes at midnight Saturday. Hours Sunday are noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children 2-12 and senior citizens.
Friday the thermometer hit 102 about 4 p.m. at the Salt Lake International Airport and was about 99 or 100 degrees at the Triad Center about 4 p.m. But spectators continued to flock to the Triad grounds Friday afternoon. Crowds increased during the cooler evening hours.
Italian ices, a popular summer treat in the East, comes in a rainbow of flavors and is made without dairy products, according to Mary Anne Silver-stein, who along with Dale Intveld were scooping out portions of the cooling treat to heat-weary festival visitors.
In another spot along the food line, Rich Olivier, who identified himself as a food science engineer; Curtis Page, Layton, and a crew of several other people were serving meals at Koala Roo, Australian Seafood & More.
The menu there includes black tip shark, tiger shrimp and koala springs soda from Australia and cake ala-mousse for dessert.
Shark "tastes more like some type of beef than an ocean food. It tastes almost like a steak. It is seasoned well and not too spicy. It's just perfect," commented Todd Brklacich as he began his meal of the fish, stir-fry vegetables and brown rice.
There's also alligator meat, flown in from Louisiana and served on a skewer with tomatoes, green peppers and onions.
The alligator is cooked over mesquite wood and sprinkled with cajun spices.
At first "most people are skeptical, but many return to say they enjoyed it," said Ty Fredrick-son, a chef at the booth.
For those wanting more traditional offerings there's plenty of other food to sample, including Navajo tacos; Greek food; cheese steak sandwiches; boboli, a cheese crust filled with crab, shrimp and cheese; teriyaki and lemon chicken; seafood on sourdough bread; and a Thai-Chinese cuisine.
Artist of the Day - Myrna Fisher, textiles, booth 56.
Noon-1 p.m. - Rick Martinez Band, bluegrass, Park Stage.
Noon-2:30 p.m. - Richard Glade, saddlery, Demonstrating Stage.
1-2 p.m. - Hogle Zoo docent, Children's Art Yard.
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Copacabana Show, Caribbean music, Park Stage.
2-4 p.m. - Peter Goss, "Utah Historic Architecture," Literary Booth.
3-4 p.m. - An Eternity, rock/dance music, Park Stage.
3-4 p.m. Indian Myths, storyteller, Children's Art Yard.
3-5:30 p.m. - Paul Enciso, Hopi weaving, Demonstrating Stage.
4-6 p.m. - Roy Webb, "If We Had a Boat," Literary Booth.
4-6 p.m. - Linda Sillitoe, "Salamander: The Story of Mormon Forgery Murders," Literary Booth.
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Tenpenny, Irish ballads, Park Stage.
4:30-6:30 p.m. - Pioneer Craft House, puppet workshop, Children's Art Yard.
6-7 p.m. - Loggerheads, early American music, Park Stage.
6-8 p.m. - Paul Enciso, Hopi spinning, Demonstrating Stage.
6-8 p.m. - Gary Bergera, "BYU: A House of Faith," Literary Booth.
6-8 p.m. - Calvin Grondahl, "Marketing Precedes the Miracle," Literary Booth.
6-7:30 p.m. - Jensen Woodbury Duo, classical guitar, Amphitheater Stage.
7-8 p.m. - World Tales Old and New, storyteller, Children's Art Yard.
7-8 p.m. - Synthesis Big Band, jazz band, Plaza Stage.
8-9 p.m. - Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Amphitheater Stage.
8:30-9:30 p.m. - Warren Trulson, contemporary jazz, Plaza Stage.
9:30-10:30 p.m. - Elisa Monte Dance Company, national performers, Amphitheater Stage.
10-11 p.m. - The Rippingtons national performers, Plaza Stage.
Artist of the Day, Lory Smith, mixed media, Booth 56.
12-2:30 p.m. - Maggie Doyle, fiber art, Demonstrating Stage.
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Gina Bachauer Piano Competition winner, Plaza Stage.
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Hogle Zoo Docents, Children's Art Yard.
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Full Joy Gospel Singers, gospel music, Amphitheater Stage.
2-3 p.m. - Main Squeeze, dance music, Plaza Stage.
2-3 p.m. - Literary Tales, storyteller, Children's Art Yard
2-4 p.m. - Geoff Aggeler, "Confessions of Johnny Ringo," Literary Booth.
3-4 p.m. - Amnesia Duo, new age jazz, Amphitheater Stage.
3-4 p.m. - Black Tales, storyteller, Children's Art Yard.
3-5 p.m. - Roberta Glidden, silk-resist dyeing, Demonstrating Stage.
3:30-4:30 p.m. - Bel Airs, popular music, Plaza Stage.
4-6 p.m. - Harold Schindler, "Orrin Porter Rockwell," Literary Booth.
4-6 p.m. - W.L. "Bud" Rusho, "Everett Russ Vagabond for Beauty," Literary Booth.