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Flavor Fare Tactics and Festival of the Vine Strategy 101—Courtesy of Pat Walsh

This woman know what she's doing.

Pat Walsh is from Aurora, but she knows Geneva's and about as well as anyone.

If the photo holds enough detail, you can check out her tactics. She circles and ranks her food choices and does likewise for her three-day game plan.

We met around 2:30 p.m. Friday under the Flavor Fare tent at Fourth and State streets.

"At this time, it's perfect," she said. "It was pretty crowded around lunch time, but right now there's no waiting for tickets and no waiting for the food."

She should know. She's already attacked Flavor Fare in two shifts. The first started around 11:30 a.m. The second a little before we met under the tent.

Her top three taste experiences—so far:

  1. The Shrimp Avacado Tostada from
  2. The Pot Roast Sandwich from
  3. The Corn Chowder from

In between Rounds 1 and 2, she took advantage of one of the free carriage rides, checked out the pumpkin displays at the courthouse, then went to the Geneva History Center for the "" exhibit about the in Geneva.

Rave reviews for the History Center.

"That was really interesting. I didn't think Geneva had a girls school," she said, then added with a smile: "I didn't think we had bad girls back then."

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