Dining Guide: A Taste of Edmond

Summertime has many Oklahomans looking forward to backyard barbecues or weekends at the lake. However, for Edmond residents, the highlight of summer may well be LibertyFest’s A Taste of Edmond. This year’s annual event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 26 at downtown’s Festival Market Place.

It began 20 years ago as a fundraiser to support LibertyFest, to ensure the festival’s success for years to come. The first Taste of Edmond played host to more than 500 participants as they honored Edmond’s own Desert Storm troops from the Fox Battery. Each year brings an increase in community participation as testimonies hail it as “a wonderful family event.” “Parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren all come together and have a good time. It’s great for families. It‘s a non-alcohol event and seating is available,” said June Cartwright, spokesperson.

Bringing together more than 30 restaurants with selections from Mexican, Italian and Asian as well as delicacies and comfort foods, the event is billed as “an evening of pure delight.” While A Taste of Edmond gives local restaurants an opportunity to display their menu offerings, it gives the community an opportunity to try a variety of food in one location for one price. For a $10 donation in advance or $15 on the day of the event, an armband allows participants to indulge in an all-you-can-eat dining experience that can’t be beat, especially when children 10 and younger eat free.

Restaurants volunteering their time and food include: Bravo, Charleston’s, Chili’s, Chipotle, Daylight Donuts, Earl’s Rib Palace, Fish City, Hobby’s Hoagies, Jimmy John’s, Interurban Restaurant, Let’s Do Greek, Longhorn Steakhouse, McAlister’s Deli, Othello’s, OU Medical Center Edmond, Panda Express, POP’s, Steve’s Ribs and Ted’s.

“A Taste of Edmond is where everybody wins … the people eating the food and the people bringing the food,” said Kim Griffin, event chairwoman. “These funds go to provide a bigger and better Fourth of July festival in Edmond. Please join us for an evening to remember at Edmond’s largest block party and food fest.”

No animals are allowed and no refunds or rain dates will be offered.

For more information or for locations to get a wristband in advance, go to the Liberty Fest’s website at www.libertyfest.org.

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