Preparing their palates for this summer’s annual Taste of Prince Albert event, organizers are issuing a call-out to restaurants interested in participating.
Put on by the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, preparations for the July event began in November, communications co-ordinator Carolyn Carleton said.
“We’re going to change it up a bit,” she said, indicating a motif with many facets.
The biggest change for attendees will be its proposed relocation back to Kinsmen Park after spending last summer outside of City Hall, in downtown Prince Albert.
With attendees expressing pros and cons with its downtown relocation and sales between the two locations about the same, the relocation isn’t indicative that last year’s event was a bust, Carleton said.
Kinsmen Park is the event’s traditional home, she explained.
“Last year we moved it downtown because of all the downtown events,” she said, citing a downtown street fair and other celebrations in recognition of centennial celebrations.
“We’re just going back home.”
The relocation back “home” to Kinsmen Park will be at city council’s discretion. With the event still in its earliest of stages, they’ve yet to consider the proposal.
This year’s event will allot merchants more freedom than during past events, with the ticket system eliminated, Carleton said.
“Any restaurant that has been involved with us in the past, things will be different this year,” she said.
This time around, instead of having volunteers sell tickets that people give vendors for food, a direct cash exchange will take place between vendors and customers.
Pending what the organizing board decides, this might mean vendors will be able to offer a greater selection of items.
This year, volunteers will not head a beverage station. Instead, vendors will be allowed to sell beverages.
Noting a handful of new restaurants opening up in Prince Albert, Carleton hopes to see some different vendors at this year’s event, attracting more than their average of about 10, this time.
Restaurant owners interested in participating in this year’s event, and those interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Carleton at 764-6221.