Taste of Dixie returns after 10 years

ST. GEORGE – A Taste of Dixie event has returned to St. George after 10 years this Friday and Saturday at Vernon Worthen Park.

The St. George Arts Council previously hosted the festival, but this year the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce was granted the rights to sponsor the event.

“With the way the economy has been, we felt like we wanted to do something not only for our [chamber] members, but for the business community and open it up to everyone,” Event Coordinator Susi Lafaele said. “We thought of doing some kind of festival that the community could embrace.”

The event is designed to showcase what makes Utah’s Dixie unique without excluding any area business.

“We really wanted to involve the community from big business to small business,” Lafaele said. “[The event] used to be centered around food and art, and we did not want to distract from that. We wanted not only the literal taste, but everything Southern Utah has to offer.”

The event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days and includes nearly 100 vendors selling, displaying or showcasing something that says ‘Dixie,’ Lafaele said. There will be a large area for children that is completely free, including a bounce house and rides. There will also be continuous entertainment and a wide variety of food vendors from Brick Oven to Café Rio and Indian to Salvadorian.

“We hope that we can make it an annual event, and we would like to be known for this event,” Lafaele said. “The timing is perfect so we can show those who are visiting the area of what St. George and Southern Utah has to offer.”

For more information visit tasteofdixie.org.

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