The first Taste of Keller celebration will be served up in April, bringing with it a wide array of local food and fun activities for people of all ages.
Keller City Council approved waiving the $8,680 fee for security, fire and maintenance staff for the event April 18-19, right before Easter Sunday.
Keller Business Connections, an organization of local business owners, will sponsor the event, Executive Director Melissa Steen said. Preparation has been ongoing for a year for what Steen calls a “county fair with Keller flair.”
Local restaurants will offer serving samples of their menus at reduced prices, as well as an assortment of chef demos, wine and brewing tastings, a pie eating contest and a communitywide barbecue competition, Steen said.
Kids and teens can get involved with a 1K fun run, electric boat pond races, poker, an egg drop from a helicopter, the Miss Taste of Keller beauty pageant and state and local musical entertainment.
Steen said event proceeds will benefit Keller area charities.
“It’s time for a new tradition to come to Keller,” Steen said.
Council members Tom Cawthra and Gary Reaves were in support of the new event.
“I love that the spirit of this event is all about the town that we live in,” Cawthra said. “There were a lot of people who showed up and said ‘Hey, let’s make this work.’ There are good things that can come from an investment like this.”
At the meeting, Reaves already was in the spirit of competition.
“I’m very interested in entering this pie eating contest,” he said.