The Davis Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of the Town event promises to provide plenty of delicious variety.
Twenty-five local restaurants are gathering in the Layton Commons Park to showcase their most popular dishes. Small servings, or "tastes," cost between $1 and $4 so that attendees can make the rounds, sampling all of their favorites.
Taste of India will serve its signature chicken tikka masala, chunks of roasted chicken in a spicy, creamy tomato sauce, along with coconut korma, rice and traditional naan flatbread.
Davis Hospital is bringing shrimp skewers, and The Daily Rise will help folks cool off with fruit smoothies and lemonade chillers.
New to the event this year, chef Bob Bryant of Harmons plans to showcase the grocery store's in-house bratwurst on bakery-fresh artisan ciabatta bread, with a choice of seared peppers and onions or sauerkraut. "We are going to do some great bratwurst mini sliders," Bryant said.
He hopes to bring attention to the store's unique offerings, which include cooking classes. He will also serve freshly squeezed lemonade, infused with fresh basil and mint.
Meanwhile, Cantina Southwestern Grill plans to spice things up with chips and homemade salsas, and Moon Dog's CafÃ© brings the comforts of biscuits with gravy, loaded home fries and pulled pork.
"We will have a wide variety of food," said Angie Osguthorpe, Davis Chamber of Commerce director of sales and events.
Many long-standing participants will be there, including Chick-fil-A, McGrath's, Kona Ice, Rooster's, Corbin's, Holy Smoke, Kneaders and MacCool's, as well as some newcomers.
Two grocery stores, Harmons and Kroger, will participate this year. Kroger is dishing up dessert with ice cream, strawberry shortcake and an assortment of cupcakes.
The Brick Oven is sampling its home-brewed root beer, homemade cookies and pizza.
According to Osguthorpe, the event is a great way for diners to try different restaurants in the area with very little investment. She believes some diners get stuck in a rut of going to the same places over and over because they don't want to try something new and be disappointed.
"It is a nice event for people who don't want to go out of town for the holiday, and it's a great way to bring the community together," she said.
Red Shot Pony, a band from Syracuse, will perform hits from the '80s and '90s during the event.
Davis County Taste of the Town
- When: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24
- Where: Layton Commons Park, 465 Wasatch Drive, Layton
- Tickets: Purchase at the event for $1 each or $10/12 tickets. Tastes range from 1-4 tickets each.