Emporia’s Much Anticipated “The Taste” Coming in April

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THE TASTE is back–and it’s right around the corner! “The Taste?” you say. “What in the world is THAT?”

THE TASTE is the area’s biggest foodie event–an evening dedicated to fine wine, delectable food, and the best brews and special spirits in the region, held at the William Lindsay White Civic Auditorium in downtown Emporia. For more than 20 years, Emporia Main Street has hosted this well-loved event, which has grown larger every year, introducing attendees to new and upcoming food and beverage selections as well as long-time favorites.

A variety of vendors will be offering samples of their food and drink in a festive atmosphere–and your ticket includes three tickets for full pours (not samples!) at the Emporia Main Street bar station. So, if you find a favorite beer, wine, or spirit from a vendor, you can get a full pour from the bar. Your ticket gets you into the event and provides the opportunity to try some absolutely awesome food and drink. For many, this is one of the best gatherings of the year–bring your friends and make it a party!

New vendors are added daily, but the list already includes local participants Radius Brewing Company, Trolley House Distillery, The Sweet Granada, Wagon Wheel Grill & Bar, The Daily Station, 627 Event Space Bar & Grill, Casa Ramos, The Splash Pad, Gourmet to Go Catering, and Duck Salt Duck Nuts

You’ll also have the opportunity to sample goods from these vendors across the state and beyond: Oz Winery, White Tail Run Winery, Blue Dog Wine Co., Night Hawk Vineyard and Winery, Grace Hill Winery, Trivedi Wine, Fields & Ivy Brewery, Free State Brewing Co., Walnut River Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Riverbank Brewing, Boot Hill Distillery, and 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include entry to the event, samples at all food and drink vendors, three complimentary full pour drink tickets, and a souvenir glass at the end of the evening. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Emporia Main Street office, 727 Commercial St. (phone: 620-340-6430). 

Put it on your calendar now: Saturday, April 13, 6:30–9:30 p.m., at William Lindsay White Civic Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave. All ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older to attend and have proof of ID before entering. Tickets are on sale now at Emporia Main Street, and typically sell out each year, so get YOURS now!

Once you’ve gotten a TASTE (see what we did there?) of the fine wines, spirits, and brews that come from right here in the great state of Kansas, you’ll be ready to embark on the 2024 MET&L PRAIRIE POUR TOUR, now in its second year.

Hello, craft beverage enthusiasts! Embark on an even bigger journey in 2024 through the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and discover an even wider selection of unique breweries, wineries, and distilleries located in Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence. Whether you’re a beer lover, wine enthusiast, or whiskey connoisseur, this tour has just what you want to quench your thirst. Experience one-of-a-kind taprooms, picturesque wineries, and enjoy a cold one on a dog-friendly patio. 

Sign up for the MET&L Prairie Pour Tour today and explore the diverse craft beverage scene of Kansas. (Plus, you can win exciting prizes for visiting participating locations. Make it to every stop, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of four fantastic sweepstake prizes valued up to $500!) You’ll earn 100 points for each new check-in. Redeem 1,400 points to earn the 2024 Prize Bundle that includes a MET&L t-shirt, pint glass, and decal. Participants must be 21 years or older to participate; terms and conditions apply.

Visit Emporia is the official Visitor Information Center for Emporia offering brochures and maps of Emporia, surrounding areas, and the state of Kansas. Drop in to visit us at 719 Commercial St., in downtown Emporia. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See the Visit Emporia website for more information and the community events calendar. Follow us on Facebook, and Instagram for more activities and events. ###

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Visit Emporia welcomes travelers and meeting planners, and serves as the visitor information center for Emporia, Kansas and surrounding area.

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