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It only takes a taste: Five need-to-know details before you hit Taste of Edmonton

Taste of Edmonton returns to downtown Edmonton with dozens of physically-distanced food stalls, trucks and plenty of hungry patrons.
Downtown Edmonton comes alive through the end of the month with Taste of Edmonton. Photo submitted.

Back home at Churchill Square, a favourite city festival returns this weekend with food, entertainment and lots of space for all. Running July 22 to August 1, visitors to Taste of Edmonton will notice a few changes, including fewer booths and more room to move about, but the same good time with food, drink and performances.

1). Tickets are available through the Events Edmonton Office, TIX on the Square, and North Central Co-op. On-site, tickets can be had from TIX on the Square. The event is cashless, so debit or credit only for sampling ticket purchases.

2)  This year, tickets are $69.50 for a sheet of 40. Organizers estimate that on average, 20 tickets is enough for one person. For big eaters who want to enjoy drinks too, go for 30 tickets per person. Speaking of drinks, The Canadian Brewhouse is on hand to offer up beer, wine and spirits, plus feature cocktails.

3). Dozens of returning restaurant favourites are on hand this summer, along with food truck favourites. If you want to check out a new entry at this year's Taste of Edmonton, look for A Bite of Brazil by Pampa (Brazilian chicken fritter), Canadian Icehouse (Maui kabobs), Hoang Long Rice & Noodle Shop (braised pork), Native Delights (bannock, Bison Pemmican Bites), SOHO Catering (spinach pie), Baba's Bistro (perogies), Tokyo Noodle Shop (shrimp tempura roll) and the German-Canadian Cultural Association (bratwurst, pretzel bites).

4)  Did we mention the sweets? Desserts are always part of Taste of Edmonton, and this year there are some 30 different sweet tastes to experience, from cake and ice cream to restaurant specialties.

5). Festival admission and concerts are free. Performances happen every day of the event, and will include acts like Caleigh Cardinal, Colleen Rae Band, Martin Kerr, The Carolines and Audrey Ochoa Quartet.

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