For the first time in two years, the Student Activity Board’s “Taste of Manning” is happening.
This Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students can tour the houses all along Manning St. while enjoying food made by the residents of each house. The cuisine is meant to represent the people in the houses. Then, students can vote for their favorite.
“We are so excited for Taste of Manning,” SAB Big Events Leader Luciya Katcher said. “I remember looking forward to it my freshman year and it was canceled because of bad weather. We tried to bring it back again last year but COVID had other plans. But you know what they say: Third time’s a charm.”
Student musicians will perform live music during the event and SAB will provide lawn games and Checker Records coffee while students dine. Participating houses have a budget of $100, supplied by SAB, to create their custom dish. No alcohol is allowed at the event and foods containing nuts will be marked for students with allergies.
Senior Rebecca Joyce, a resident of the off-campus house Graceland, attended the event as a freshman but now as a senior gets to fulfill her dream of participating in the event.
“We will do bite sized grilled cheeses, because all of us love grilled cheese, and we make it often in the house,” Joyce said. “Then, because we are named after the official residence of the late Elvis Presley’s Graceland, we, in his honor, are going to make his favorite sandwich: grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich with bananas and maybe bacon.”
Overall, Joyce said she is excited for the event which she remembers being “like a block party.”
“I’m excited just to see people. I want people to see why we love our house so much,” Joyce said. “But also we get to be hosts, I hope to help people enjoy what we feed them. I am looking forward to spending the day with my friends.”
Join SAB for this street-market style event on Saturday — and bring your appetite.