DELANO, MN – As Taste of Delano guests stroll through Central Park between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday and try samples from a variety of local vendors, they’ll also be able to take in the musical stylings of Tony Ortiz and The Guns of Soul.
Ortiz is known as the lead vocalist for The Monroes, who released “What Do All the People Know?” in 1982, which reached number 59 on the charts and earned the band the opportunity to perform on “The Merv Griffin Show.”
Ortiz now makes Minnesota his home and is bringing his band to Delano thanks to the sponsorship of Steve Rogers and Anchor Plastics.
Through Tuesday, patrons can purchase advanced tickets to enjoy the entertainment and food at Minnesota Lakes Bank, State Bank of Delano, Coborn’s, and Delano City Hall. Advanced tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. At the gate, tickets will be $10 and $5, respectively. Prices have not changed throughout the 11-year history of the event.
Many businesses are participating in the Taste of Delano, which is organized by the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce.
Those providing food or beverages include Unhinged!, Dave’s Town Club, Delano Dairy Queen, Bison Creek Bar and Dining/Huikko’s Bowling and Entertainment Center, Apple Jack Orchards, Coborn’s, Delano American Legion, Minnesota Lakes Bank providing lemonade, State Bank of Delano providing popcorn, Delano Lions Club grilling hot dogs, Legacy of Delano providing bottled water, Estates at Delano providing freezies, and Detweiler Real Estate Group: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Lovejoy Realty providing kettle corn.
Delano Wine and Spirits is coordinating a tasting event featuring a wide variety of libations, including local brews, in the bingo stand.
Dieticians from Coborn’s will also be on hand to offer tips about healthy eating.
Delano Cub Scouts will have a dunk tank, in addition to other kid- and family-friendly activities.
In addition to these entities, non-food vendors and Delano Legion Market Days vendors will also participate.
There is room for more vendors, as well.
“We still have room available for additional vendors – food and non-food,” said DACC Executive Director Ryan Gueningsman.
Members of the DACC, along with businesses providing food, are able to participate in the Taste of Delano at no cost. Other business or organization booths cost $50. To sign up or for additional information, contact the DACC office at 763-972-6756 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the addition of the Delano Splashpad and concessions building, the layout will be slightly different than in the past, though the entrance and primary food areas will remain the same.
“We will take advantage of the whole park,” Gueningsman said.
Organizers are hoping a new entry process will make it easier and quicker for patrons to get into the event.
“We’re going to a hand stamp to eliminate the time it took to put wristbands on,” Gueningsman said.