Tickets are still available for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual Festival of Flavors. The premier dining event of the year in Monett will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church at 1600 N. Central.
"There are still plenty of tickets available at the advance price of $12," said Suzy McElmurry, executive director of the chamber. "This year we have Verizon Wireless as the festival sponsor for the first time. Verizon has a few special vouchers available at their Highway 60 store. Bring one of the vouchers to the chamber office and the ticket will cost $10. If we have tickets left on Thursday, we will sell them at the door for $15."
The Festival of Flavors offers an opportunity for local restaurants, caterers and food vendors to show off their specialties. The price of a ticket buys the chance to sample food from all the participants.
Vendors coming to this year's festival are: A-Frame Pizzeria, Acambaro Mexican Restaurant, Alice Irene's Restaurant and Bakery, Angel Cakes Baked Goods, Camp Barnabas, Cheezie's Pizza, Connoisseur's, Denali Dreams, Estelle's Restaurant, Keen Bean Coffee Roasters, Maggie Mae's Tea Room, Mazzio's Italian Eatery, Mocha Jo's Coffee Café, Monett FFA, Prime Cut, Ramey Supermarket, Red Barn Café and Hen House Bakery, RSVP Event Planning and Catering, Southern MO Beekeepers, the Southwest Area Career Center culinary arts program, The Bayou, The Rib and Walmart in Monett.
"We have a lot of new vendors coming," said Cindy Stephens, chairperson for the festival. "The new chef at the Rib in Cassville is coming. James Clarey, who had Clarey's Restaurant in Springfield and who worked as chef at Jack Henry and Associates for a while, will put on a really nice affair for Ramey's. Other new vendors are Keen Bean from Mt. Vernon, RSVP Catering from Pierce City, A Frame Pizzeria from Cassville and Cheezie's Pizza from Monett.
"Estelle's from Mt. Vernon has not been there for several years, nor has Acambaro. We'll have a lot of local favorites diners have enjoyed in the past," Stephens added.
Door prizes donated by many Monett businesses will be given away throughout the evening.
Verizon will offer a new ingredient for the fun, McElmurry said. Those attending will be able to file text messages for the "fan favorite" of the festival.
"The venue at the Family Life Center is very interesting," Stephens added. "We're going to have great parking. I think it will be a really nice event."
The menu will feature entrées ranging from brisket, enchiladas, meatloaf, shrimp and steak cabobs, slow-cooked ribs, chili and assorted pizzas. Appetizers will range from quesadillas, buffalo chick dip, crab cakes, chicken asparagus roll ups to chicken strips, inside out Crab Rangoon and stuffed dates.
There will be pasta dishes, salads, soup and sandwiches, specialty breads, specialty drinks and 16 different kinds of desserts.
Vendors have been asked to prepare for a crowd of 300. Guests are urged to come early to maximize their food choices.