By Conrad Dudderar
After a two-year hiatus caused by a certain virus, a stomach-filling Yukon traditions returns this month.
That’s right, the “Taste of Yukon” is back for 2022 after being COVID-canceled in 2020 and 2021.
And taste buds are a-ticklin’ as Thursday, March 24 grows closer.
That’s when about 20 local restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes at the Taste of Yukon.
The mouth-watering event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 24 inside the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.
The Taste of Yukon “is something we all look forward to,” Mayor Shelli Selby said.
“You’ll want to make plans for that.”
Attendees will satisfy their hunger by devouring a wide array of appetizers, main courses and desserts.
The last Taste of Yukon was March 28, 2019, when three new restaurants (Del Taco, Cheddars and Urban Taco) joined popular “returnees” like Green Chile Kitchen, The Lokal and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for the 20th annual event.
The Taste of Yukon was one of the city’s first special events canceled in March 2020 when then-Mayor Mike McEachern declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Soon after, other annual programs and attractions were scrapped or postponed – like Festival of the Child, Yukon Senior Games, Concerts in the Park, and the Chisholm Trail Festival.
IT ALL STARTED IN 1999
Jan Scott helped bring the Taste of Yukon to this community in the late 1990s after becoming Yukon’s parks and recreation director.
For 20 straight years, the spring event showcased what the top Yukon-area restaurants have to offer.
Some 300-400 people typically attended the annual food festival, a fundraiser for Yukon Parks & Recreation projects.
The March 24th Taste of Yukon is geared toward adults; however, all ages are welcome.
Advanced tickets are now on sale.
Tickets ($10 for adults and $7 for children ages 4-8) are on sale at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly; Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main; and Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.
“Kids three and under get to eat free,” Selby noted.
For more information on the 2022 Taste of Yukon, call (405) 350-8937.