Taste of Turlock Event Nears, Vendors Sought by Downtown

David Fransen

The 8th Annual Taste of Turlock is quickly approaching, and the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association is now accepting vendor applications for the highly anticipated event.

Scheduled for April 20, the 8th Annual Taste of Turlock is a must-go event for all food lovers. This year’s event remains focused on food with tasting booths, cookware, packaged food items, cookbooks and more.

“You spoke and we listened,” said Dana McGarry, DTPOA coordinator. “We’ve changed the event date, made the event area shorter, and reduced the fees. We hope you’ll be a part of this year’s event.”

Although many Turlockers enjoyed last year’s event, numerous attendees said that the fees might have been too high. This year, the TDPOA listened to the community's input and decided to make requested changes.

At this year’s event, tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket. Visitors then may trade in tickets to taste food and beverages, allowing vendors more flexibility in what they would like to offer as samples than the wristbands of years past.

Downtown restaurants and caterers will also be included in the day’s program, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last year, the 7th Annual Taste of Turlock changed focus to become a “Food Feastival.” The 2011 was a celebration of both culture and food, deemed the “Turlock Heritage Festival.”

McGarry said that while the event morphed into the Turlock Heritage Festival in 2011, it was originally the Taste of Turlock festival, hence the decision to return the primary focus to food.

“The feedback that we’ve gotten is positive regarding the emphasis on food,” McGarry told TurlockCityNews.com following last year’s event.

Last year’s Taste of Turlock drew in approximately 650 individuals with over 4,100 food tickets sold. Food tickets were sold last year as opposed to wristbands in previous years, which will continue on in this year’s event also. With 27 vendors in 2012 and 15 local restaurant or food vendors, the 2013 Taste of Turlock is sure to be another success.

Restaurants and caterers must pay a $25 application fee to provide food samples during the event. Commercial vendors selling products or services must pay a $75 application fee.

All applications must be submitted with the applications fee, liability form, and the seller’s permit (if applicable) by April 1. Applications after this date will be reviewed by the TDPOA on a case-by-case basis.

For more information regarding the 8th Annual Taste of Turlock FEASTival of Food and Fun, call or email the TDPOA office at (209)634-6459 or turlockdowntown@yahoo.com.

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Comments 1

  1. Come Have A Taste Of Turlock says:
    Come experience a Taste of Turlock at the 8th Annual ‘Taste of Turlock’

    A Food FEASTival is back!

    We listened and have changed the event to make it better and easier to enjoy:
    Sunday, April 20th 11am to 3pm (bring sunscreen – it could be HOT!)
    Main Street from Thor Street to Wellington Station

    More Restaurants… More Vendors… More Entertainment… Fun for the Kids
    It’s Still All About FOOD!
    Tickets still just $1/sample – buy a little or buy a lot – all ticket sales the day of the event
    Dozens of restaurants and caterers on hand offering the best tastes in town


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