Tastefest takes place Thursday at Lone Star Convention Center



The Lone Star Convention Center will be a busy place Thursday evening as area residents get a chance to sample some of Montgomery County’s best cooking during the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Tastefest.

Tastefest is one of a number of community events this month drawing large crowds into Conroe. Organizers of Tastefest won’t have the final attendance numbers until next week, but some 1,000 people are expected to turn out. The food feast follows last weekend’s inaugural Conroe Americana Music Festival that attracted somewhere between 1,500 to 2,000 people over three days. Also on April 29, scores of people turned out for KidzFest, a free family event held in downtown Conroe. The weekend prior to that was the debut of the Rising Stars Legends of Texas celebration in downtown Conroe.

As for Tastefest, a few more vendors have signed on at nearly the last minute, meaning there will be 34 food vendors and 50 booths, including sponsors, at the event.

“Our taste buds are salivating,” said Courtney Galle, director of special events for the chamber.

Some of the features at the event include H-E-B’s Cooking Connection Kiosk, live cooking demonstrations and a long list of vendors from Berryhill Baja Grill, Bernhardt Winery, Big Little Fudge, Costco Wholesale, Conroe’s Incredible Pizza, Outback Steakhouse and others. Meals on Wheels Montgomery County will also have a booth, with a chef preparing a sample of some of the food the group delivers to the hundreds of people it helps across the county.

Food left over from Tastefest will be put to good use, with the volunteer group Keep US Fed Montgomery County gathering it for distribution to the shelters, group homes and other groups it works with.

Tastefest is Thursday, May 11, from 5-8 at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe. Tickets are $25 at the door.