By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Forget about making supper Wednesday, Aug. 3.
The Taste of Delano is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.
“It’s fun and food for the whole family in a country/city setting,” organizer John Tackaberry said. “It’s not just about eating; it’s also educational and entertaining.”
In addition to a wide array of delectable treats from local restaurants, Kids Against Hunger will be serving samples of its rice/soy casserole dish that it sends to needy children throughout the world.
“It gives families an opportunity to find out what Kids Against Hunger is about,” Tackaberry said. “Personally, I think it’s the highlight of the Taste of Delano.”
Kids Against Hunger is located on the Youth With A Mission campus inRockford Township. The non-profit organization supplies nutritious meals that provide 100 percent of the daily vitamins, minerals, and protein that a child needs to promote healthy brain and body development.
“Most of the food packaged at our facility is sent to Haiti to meet the needs of hungry orphans and street children in that devastated country,” noted Kristy Bevill of Kids Against Hunger in Rockford. “Some of the food is distributed to hungry families here in Minnesota through local food shelves. So far, we have packaged and distributed over 440,000 meals with the help of our community partners.”
Tackaberry said he is looking forward to trying a Kids Against Hunger’s rice/soy dish during the Taste of Delano.
“I’ve lived in third-world countries, but I don’t think a lot of people, or their kids, understand what it’s like,” he said.
In addition to the Kids Against Hunger dish, several other items will also be available.
“You can take a plate and walk around,” Tackaberry said. There will be pizza from three restaurants, many types of sandwiches, salads, and deserts.
“I think it’s a very good value,” Tackaberry said.
In addition to “all you can eat” excitement, the Taste of Delano also provides fun family entertainment.
Chopper, who is known as “the world’s nuttiest DJ,” will be featured, sponsored by Star West Chevrolet-Honda Sports in Delano.
“He’ll have giveaway items,” Tackaberry said.
Other local businesses will be sponsoring a moonwalk, face painting, Elvis appearance, petting zoo, balloons, and a bounce house.
“The Jazz Hounds from school will be playing on the north end of the park, and Abby Lake Kennels will have animals there,” Tackaberry added. “We’re going to have probably 20 to 25 additional booths with goods and services and special promotions.”
The Taste of Delano will take place rain or shine.
In the past, the event drew crowds of more than 1,000 people.
Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, Star West Chevrolet-Honda Sports, Crow River Bank, State Bank of Delano, Coborn’s, or Delano City Hall.
Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $10 per adult, and $5 per child.
“Anybody interested in participating in any way, shape, or form should contact us ASAP,” Tackaberry said.
To reach Tackaberry, call (763) 972-2984.
Taste of Delano menu
Get your taste buds ready for a treat at the Taste of Delano Wednesday Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The following items will be served:
• Rice/soy casserole • Salads/natural foods
• Barbecued pork sandwiches • Prime rib sandwiches
• Chips, salsa, and fixings • Flan
• Sub sandwiches • Hot dogs
• Apple oatmeal cookies • Riblets
• Pizza, pizza, pizza (3 restaurants)
• Ice cream cones and freezes
• Coffee, pop, lemonade, water, wine, and beer