Manta Ramdin, kitchen manager at Elephant and Castle, prepares fish and chips at the Red Deer restaurant Wednesday. Elephant and Castle will be one of the 15 restaurant vendors at Taste of Red Deer Friday at Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Taste of Red Deer a ‘delicious’ addition to CentreFest

The Taste of Red Deer will be a savoury addition to central Alberta’s largest street performer festival, says a member of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.

“Summer just got more delicious,” said Travis Kuschminder, marketing and communications manager for the foundation, which is hosting the event in partnership with CentreFest.

The annual food-tasting event has traditionally been held during the Festival of Trees at Christmas.

“It’s the same old-taste everyone knows and loves, but it’s a little bit more relaxed with a different setting. This time, you can wear your flip-flops instead of your winter boots,” Kuschminder said.

“Taste of Red Deer has always been a very popular event within the Festival of Trees, so we thought we could make it an event on its own in the summer, especially with a partner like CentreFest.”

Street performers will be showing off their acts during the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza in downtown Red Deer.

“This venue was created for an event like this. There’s no better way to bring local restaurants together. We’ve got the Troubled Monk Beer Gardens, we’ve got family friendly performances and 15 restaurant vendors participating.”

Money raised at Taste of Red Deer goes toward purchasing equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

“There is some high excitement from the public. People look forward to the Taste of Red Deer event, no matter when we have it,” said Kuschminder.

“To see that kind of reaction, with people excited and tagging their friends on social media, makes all the work worth it.”

More than 3,000 people have already indicated they’re interested in attending on Facebook.

“We’ve got lots of space to work with. We’re closing the street right in front of the plaza … so we’ve tons of space for people to come out, mingle and enjoy the weather – so far the forecast is agreeing with us.”

Admission to Taste of Red Deer is free, but attendees will need to purchase food tokens to sample the menus.

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