With COVID-19 protocols in place, the Taste of Wainwright is checkmarking  the calendar Friday September 17th.

Food vendors and beer tasting will remain a signature of the Wainwright Downtown Business Community event and organizers aim to keep the downtown alive and moving forward despite the challenges.

Owner of Jack’s Place Sonjia Morgan says they are looking forward to hosting the family friendly affair and still keep everyone safe as they are in touch with the health authorities.

“We are doing the right things with our hand washing stations. We would like the public to feel comfortable coming out. If they feel more comfortable wearing their masks other than when they are eating. We just want to play it safe and play it healthy.”

The Wainwright downtown will be blocked off over four blocks with food being served from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Morgan says the location will be well lit and the liquor tasting patios will stay open a little later.

Market vendors on board include Pawsitive Pet Groomer, South Africa Guest Lodge, Plant Life, Kettle Popcorn, Walking on Water and others.

On the food side some of vendors include Vera’s Catering, Morales Mexican Grill, Hero’s Food Truck, Jack’s Place, Fire Side Grill, Four Season’s Asian Restaurant, Mama J’s Baking, 1979 Sports Bar, Something Sweet Cafe, Tony’s Pizza, Circle K, Cornerstone Coop, Banging Out Baskets and more.

Morgan dishes on a particular culinary specialty.

“Tap House is going to barbecue two wild boar. So they are going to be starting earlier in the day, so they can have one earlier, that’s ready for 4 p.m., and one a little later on a bun for two, for a couple to share.”

Taste of Wainwright has been a staple event in the region for over a decade.