Taste of Lansing is Main Street Lansing’s most popular event, scheduled this year for Thursday, May 25.
Last year, nearly 200 people participated and explored Lansing along the scenic Mississippi River. The event has been happening for more than a decade and raises funds for Main Street projects.
Andy Kelleher, Executive Director of Main Street Lansing, stated, “I believe the first Taste of Lansing raised funds for new streetlight banners. Nowadays the funds are used to support other downtown events and trainings, especially those offered for free.”
During the Taste of Lansing event, businesses throughout downtown Lansing prepare a sample of food. The food offerings vary from ribs and quesadillas to pizza or cookies. There are around 25 businesses that participate in the event held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Wristbands are available at Red Geranium and Main Street Lansing in downtown Lansing, and can be purchased ahead of time or the day of the event. One wristband grants people access to the event, which slows attendees to walk the scenic downtown district while visiting businesses to sample their foods and offerings.
There is another purpose of the event, beyond fundraising – generating business awareness in Lansing.
Kelleher added, “We want to put people into as many businesses as possible so that they learn about what services and products are available in Lansing. The event is a great opportunity for business to show off new offerings right before the summer season kicks off. The event is also good for brand new businesses who are still building a presence in the community because it allows customers to discover them.”
For more information on Taste of Lansing, visit the Lansing Iowa Facebook page, or call 563-538-9229.