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Dublin’s Pass is among restaurants expected to appear at Saturday’s Taste of SoMo in downtown Springfield.
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Dublin’s Pass is among restaurants expected to appear at Saturday’s Taste of SoMo in downtown Springfield.

Taste of SoMo returns this weekend

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Over 20 businesses are expected to participate in an annual restaurant sampling event this weekend in downtown Springfield.

The 16th annual Taste of SoMo returns to Park Central Square on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presented by SGC Foodservice and managed by the Downtown Springfield Association, the event is expected to draw 5,000-7,000 visitors, said DSA spokesperson Hailey Magnus.

Although Magnus said exact attendance numbers are difficult to track at the free=admission event, she estimated 5,000 people came to last year’s Taste of SoMo. At the event, visitors can spend $10 for a sheet of 10 tickets, which they can then exchange for samples from each of the restaurants. The tickets also are good for drink purchases.

Taste of SoMo donates $1 to Ozarks Food Harvest for every sheet of tickets sold. Ozarks Food Harvest serves 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 counties in southwest Missouri, reaching nearly 50,000 individuals weekly, according to the release. Ozarks Food Harvest can provide four meals from each dollar donated. Attendees can donate any unused tickets at the event to provide additional funds for the nonprofit.

Last year’s Taste of SoMo raised $1,150 for Ozarks Food Harvest, Magnus said.

Participating businesses, according to the release, are:
    •    Arabiana LLC.
    •    Bambinos Cafe LLC.
    •    Best of Luck Beer Hall.
    •    Big Whiskey's LLC.
    •    Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes.
    •    Blue Room Comedy Club LLC.
    •    Cabos Bonitos Grill & Cantina.
    •    Chicken Salad Chick.
    •    Dublin's Pass.
    •    El Paraiso Mexican Kitchen LLC.
    •    Greek Belly LLC.
    •    Jamaican Patty Co.
    •    Krab Kingz.
    •    Kung Fu Taco.
    •    Lucky Cat Boba Tea and Taiyaki LLC.
    •    Mimi's Soulfood LLC.
    •    Nothing Bundt Cakes.
    •    OMO Japanese Soul Food.
    •    Queen City Soul Kitchen LLC.
    •    The Riksha.
    •    The Sandwich Scene on McDaniel.

In addition to food samples, musical acts will take the stage at the event, according to the release. Dallas Jones will open at 11 a.m., followed by Springfield Shanty Choir at 12:25 p.m. and DJ Alpha Gal at 1:45 p.m.

Taste of SoMo visitors also can vote for restaurants during the event in categories including Best of Festival, Best Entree and Best Dessert.

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