Second annual Taste of Calabash set for Saturday

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

This Saturday, visitors can once again savor the flavors in the Seafood Capital of the World as the second Taste of Calabash cooks up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Anchored at Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year’s successful inaugural event, event founder and organizer Helen Kapalka promises.

At last count, 22 vendors will be set up in the park, consisting of arts and crafts, businesses, clubs and the Marine Corps League. Eleven-year-old Mason Marshall, who raises money to benefit families in need at Christmastime, will also be on hand with his different flavors of popcorn.

Local DJ Joe Cool will be back as well to provide music and take requests for “your favorite beach music,” Kapalka said.

There will also be a children’s play area accessible with $3 wrist bands.

Taste of Calabash passport booklets, $10 for adults and $8 for children, will be available for sale in the Taste of Calabash tent by the park flagpole. Kapalka will also sell discount-priced advance passports for $8 and $6 respectively from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the new Grand Strand Realty office across from Bagel Dock on River Road.

Passport booklets entitle event-goers to food samples from 16 restaurants in and near downtown Calabash this year.

Participating eateries this year include Golden City Asian cuisine (next to the Calabash NAPA store), Calabash Creamery, Mmm Que Rico, Calabash Deli, George’s Pancake House, Back Porch Ice Cream, Sunrise Pancake House, Bella’s Pizza, Beck’s, Boundary House, Ella’s, Tony’s Pizza, Bagel Dock, Captain Nance’s (last year’s People’s Choice winner), Captain John’s and the new Bennett’s Grill and Café.

Festivities include a town-wide treasure hunt. A treasure box containing items or gift cards donated by local businesses will be buried somewhere in town, with clues on its whereabouts to be provided at participating businesses. Maps for this year’s treasure hunt will be included in Taste of Calabash passports.

The event is planned rain or shine, unless the weather presents a real threat, Kapalka said.

For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.