Get ready to explore the many dishes that Newberry has to offer during the seventeenth annual Taste of Newberry event. Held at the Friend Building at 901 Friend Street downtown, the event will be from 5-9 p.m. on May 17 and feature a variety of foods from throughout Newberry County.

Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events manager for the City of Newberry said that 17 vendors have signed up to participate this year, three of which will be serving beer and wine.

One of the oldest running events downtown, Kopp said the event is family-friendly with vendors offering a variety of options for even the youngest of visitors to enjoy.

The event has no admission and patrons will simply pay to purchase what they would like to try from the various vendors, Kopp said. While some vendors may serve free samples, she said she recommends patrons bringing cash for what they wish to purchase.

Adults over the age of 21 that plan to partake in alcohol must show their IDs to get a free wristband at the entrance of the event.

“You will not receive a wristband to drink if you don’t have your ID,” Kopp said.

Outdoor Vendors

A few vendors will be located outside of the event space to include Carolina Cookin’, a food truck based out of the Little Mountain area, that will be serving food to include soft shell crab sandwiches, stone ground grits with lots of toppings and their famous Carolina burrito made with BBQ.

Crossroads BBQ, that Kopp said visitors may remember from the city’s Pork in the Park event will also be located outside and serving up ribs, BBQ chicken and sides.

Pelican’s Snoballs will be serving up treats outdoors to include flavors from their 100-flavor menu.

Serving up Gazpacho, Greek quinoa salad, pimento cheese, and chocolate chip cookies is Made From Scratch Catering from the Prosperity area.

As a preview to the upcoming Grow Newberry Farmer’s Market that starts back on Saturday June 1, Kopp said the market plans to also set up outdoors with different products from the farms that will be a part of the market. Tickets to the upcoming Farm to Table Dinner on May 23, part of the Ag and Art Tour, will also be available for purchase.

Indoor Vendors

Because vendors will be set up indoors and outdoors, Kopp said she recommends taking a walk-through of the space before choosing what to try. Each vendor space will be labeled with a description of who they are and what they will be serving.

If attending the event in a group, she said it’s always fun for each member of the group to try a different dish and share with others so that everyone gets a little taste of each without getting too full.

Several indoor vendors will be serving alcohol and other unique beverages to include Martin Street Beer Parlor serving different kinds of canned and draft domestic beers. They will also serve soda and water.

Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar will serve assorted wines, Kopp said that will be imported as well as domestic along with imported and domestic beer options. They will also serve caprese skewers and prosciutto pops.

In addition to their food items for sale to include sushi, angel cheese rolls and more, Fusion Japanese and Thai will be serving Japanese and Singapore based beers, Kopp said along with Sake martinis.

Genesis Hub Coffee will also be indoors serving their nitro cold-brewed beverages (non-alcoholic), apothecary coffee, locally roasted coffee and an assortment of organic fair-trade teas.

Two-5 Catering, Kopp said that also may be remembered as competitors during the city’s Pork in the Park event will be featuring many of their dessert options during Taste of Newberry to include different types of cookies, cupcakes and other treats.

Steelhorse Smokehouse will also be found indoors serving up pork and beef sliders, ribs and sides.

The Corner Scoop plans to have pre-scooped ice cream for sale, Kopp said ready to go in flavors to include Vanilla, Chocolate, Nuts about Pecans and Minty Mint.

Tienda y Restaurante Mexicano La San Jose will have steak and chicken tacos on their homemade tortillas as well as pork tamales with red sauce, chicken tamales with green sauce and traditional Aguas Frescas to quench your thirst.

Also located inside the venue space is  Steven W’s Downtown Bistro with beef kabobs, shrimp and grits and boom boom chicken.

Hawg Heaven of Prosperity will serve BBQ sliders along with many fixings, Kopp said. They will also serve sweet tea.

Figaro Market and Figaro The Dining Room will also be set up serving a variety of foods based on their regular menu, Kopp said.

More Info

Entertainment for Taste of Newberry this year will be Carlton Kinard and Friends, a jazz band, made up of Newberry locals, Kopp said.

“We’re really excited to have them,” she said.

The group will be performing inside of the Friend Building.

Free parking for the event will be available on site, Kopp said and once that parking has run out, patrons are encouraged to park in nearby parking areas. A barricade will be placed in front of the building that will cut off the event space from the parking space.

The next closest parking areas are along Main Street or in the public library parking lot, all within one block of the event area. A little bit farther out, other parking is also available in parking lots along Harrington Street by the Newberry Opera House.

Patrons are asked not to park in the Hampton Inn parking lot as that area is for hotel guests.

More information on the event can be found at www.tasteofnewberry.com or by calling the city’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 803-321-1015. Updates will also be available on the City of Newberry’s social media pages and Taste of Newberry event page on Facebook.