Great Taste of the Heights-2019

Two attendees show off their sample trays during the 2019 edition of Great Taste of the Heights. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 E. 10th St. (Photo from greattasteoftheheights.com)

An annual community event hosted by a local church celebrating the eclectic cuisine in the Heights is gearing up for a return following a two-year hiatus.

The Great Taste of the Heights food-and-drink festival will make its return from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, April 23 after being canceled the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. All Saints Catholic Church hosts the festival on the church grounds at 215 E. 10th St.

Back this year will be food tents from more than 10 Heights-area restaurants, including BB’s Tex-Orleans, Bluestone Lane, Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill, Honeychild’s Sweet Creams, Shandy’s Cafe, La Vibra Tacos and Sonoma in the Heights. There will also be live entertainment for community members to enjoy, with performances from classic rock band Checkered Past as well as the award-winning band from Waltrip High School.

Other activities to be available will be a craft beer tent as well as a silent auction.

“It’s just a really good neighborhood entertainment event that’s been going on for 15 years,” said Kerry Mooney with All Saints Catholic Church. “A lot of families like to come. They can come as a family, park, hang out, dance … and enjoy the evening.”

The event, which serves as All Saints Catholic’s largest fundraiser, generally drew between 1,000-1,200 people in the years immediately before the pandemic, according to Mooney. And though she is not sure whether attendance will match that mark in the event’s return next week, she said she expects the community will still respond in force.

“The best part about the whole event is the overall community response and ambiance,” she said. “Every single walk of life is there – we have such a diverse population in the Heights and at All Saints. It’s so wonderful to have everyone come together and just enjoy a good old-fashioned time.”

What’s more, Mooney said the event is hosted in a large enough open-air space that community members can come out and participate in the festivities however they’d like.

“If you want to stay socially distant, that’s fine. It’s come one, come all – enjoy it under any circumstances that you want,” she said.

The event also gives the church the chance to introduce itself and its mission to the community, Mooney said. She praised the Knights of Columbus for helping set up the event as well as its sponsors. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund the church’s ministries.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person if purchased online through April 22 or at select retail stores - C&D Hardware, 314 E. 11th St.; and Eclectic Home, 345 W. 19th St. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $35, while kids age 10 and younger will get in free.

Upon entry, community members will exchange the ticket for a wristband that grants them free tastings and live music for the event’s entirety.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page at greattasteoftheheights.com.

“We just want to have a safe, happy, positive, open-air environment where people can come out and enjoy each other along with the eclectic nature of the Heights community,” Mooney said. “It’s just super exciting … to see this all come together for the public in such a fun one-day event.”

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