AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Dining Services will be hosting the 19th annual Taste of UMass, a collegiate food festival, on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Mullins Center. A campus favorite, the Taste of UMass is the nation’s largest campus food show, showcasing the best that the UMass culinary team has to offer, all under one roof. The event is free for students on the UMass meal plan. The cost for faculty and staff members who are not on a meal plan is $13, and $15 for the general public.
Touting great food, entertainment and more, the UMass Dining Services anticipates serving more than 8,000 people in three and a half hours. During this year’s event, each of the UMass dining commons will close at 3 p.m., and the event’s 50 different food booths, which will feature the most popular dishes at UMass, will act as the main dining location for the evening.
“The Taste of UMass is our way of celebrating culinary excellence here on campus,” says Ken Toong, executive director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises. “It brings together all elements of our dining program, and gives the campus and local community the opportunity to sample the best of what UMass has to offer.”
Food Network celebrity and Iron Chef America co-host Kevin Brauch will be emceeing the evening’s festivities. Other entertainment includes a visit from Wally the Green Monster, Sam the Minuteman, cooking demos from pastry chef extraordinaire Dede Wilson, and the finale of the UMass Voice singing competition hosted by radio 93.4 FM. Raffle prizes will also be awarded to select attendees.
Special buses at each of the residential areas of campus will transport students to and from the Mullins Center. Berkshire and Worcester Dining Commons will reopen at 9 p.m. In addition, some retail dining locations will be opening earlier: Worcester Pita and Southwest Café will open at 2 p.m. and the Southwest Delivery Express will open at 3 p.m.