That and more are in store for attendees of the 17th Taste of Harlingen fundraising event, which uses the proceeds to maintain the historic buildings, curate artifacts, fund exhibits and promote the facility.
This year’s “Taste” theme is A Night in Old Mexico. Sombreros and serapes will be everywhere Oct. 17 as organizers expect more than 400 to attend, many in costume.
The decorated courtyard will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of food and festivities. Those in attendance can stroll around the grounds while listening to the live band Jaime G. and the ADEL’s. They may also visit 15 to 20 participating restaurant tents to sample the cuisines.
A delicious affair
Some of the participating restaurants this year include Classics Bar & Grill, Gracie’s Goodies, Hime Sushi Bar and Grill, Keto Mini Donuts, La Playa Mexican Café, Longhorn Steakhouse, Applebee’s, Cheddar’s, Russo’s, Tropical Smoothie Café and Schoolhouse Creamery. These restaurants will battle it out for top awards, including People’s Choice, Best of Taste and Best Presentation. An awards presentation takes place near the end of the event.
The main building houses a silent auction, where patrons may bid on item donations from businesses and individuals. There is also a photo booth to create a souvenir from the evening.
Funding the future
Money raised from Taste of Harlingen will specifically be used to repair the historic buildings, which are always in need of work. Projects this coming year include painting and repairing the Hill home and Historic Harlingen Hospital. The latest project, the Historical Museum Building is under way and will feature Harlingen’s history. There also will be commissioned permanent artworks in the museum courtyard. “Taste” proceeds also fund exhibitions and receptions.