And that’s OK because it’s all part of the fun at the Dick’s Last Resort’s booth at Newport on the Levee’s Taste of the Levee event. Jill Schuler, sales and marketing manager for Dick’s Last Resort bar and restaurant, says, “We’re known for unruly fun for everyone.”

That fun is contagious at the Taste of the Levee event, which will return for its ninth year noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Newport on the Levee’s plaza, 1 Levee Way, in Newport.

More than 5,000 people attend the free, one-day event that combines food, live music and entertainment in a family-friendly environment, says Christy Gloyd, marketing director for Newport on the Levee.

The Taste of the Levee event featured nine Newport on the Levee venues in 2014, including Axis Alley, Brothers Bar & Grill, GameWorks, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Redondo Taqueria, Carnevale Wine Bar, Tom + Chee, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Dick’s Last Resort. The 2015 list will be announced in September.

Food will range in price between $1 and $3, and and wine samples will also be available, Gloyd says. 

“It’s nice because it gives people just a little sampling,” she says. “So they taste a little bit of the food and then they’ll go in and have a whole lunch or dinner at some of the venues.”

The event is also a perfect way for people to learn what items are on a restaurant’s menu, says Schuler.

“We took one of our brownies [to last year’s Taste of the Levee], which people don’t really think of us for dessert, so they were really surprised and kept coming back,” says Schuler. “We had a couple people that came back and got a few of those.”

The event is also a great way to boost a restaurant’s business, she says. Dick’s Last Resort passed out coupons for free appetizers at last year’s event.

“We were able to see that people did come back weeks and months later using those,” Schuler says.

But it’s not only about food at the Taste of the Levee event. Bands will provide live music throughout the day on the Riverfront Plaza next to the Newport Aquarium, Gloyd says. Street performers will also be entertaining visitors and kids will be able to enjoy the balloon makers, magicians, jugglers and face painters, she says.

“The levee has such a great atmosphere for families,” says Gloyd. “It’s clean, it’s safe.”

And the weather at the end of September is usually mild and comfortable for the outdoor event, she says. 

“It’s at the end of September, but we still have warm weather, so you’re really letting go of the summer and going into fall,” says Gloyd. “It’s just nice to be outside.”

For more information about the Taste of the Levee event, visit or download the Newport on the Levee app at Google Play or the App Store.