Taste of Muskegon plans comedy show

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Taste of Muskegon, produced by the Muskegon Downtown Development Authority, features a competition between Muskegon’s best local restaurants and food trucks. Courtesy Taste of Muskegon

A food festival coming to Muskegon this weekend will host a late-night comedy show after the main festivities.

Taste of Muskegon said Monday, June 6, it will host A Funny After Taste, an after-party at Burl & Sprig at 333 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and continuing through 2 a.m. Sunday, June 12.

Zank Comedy will offer a lineup of comedians beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday, which patrons can watch while sipping on a special Taste of Muskegon cocktail.

“For years, people have asked to have Taste go longer, and A Funny After Taste is a great way to answer that call,” said Lisa Kraus, director of marketing for Taste of Muskegon. “We (also) love the chance to send people directly to a local restaurant, which is what Taste is all about.”

After a successful debut of the craft cocktail tent last year at the festival, Taste is expanding its drink offerings to include Wonderland Distilling Co. gin and tonics, and the Wonderland whiskey and ginger beer and Burl & Sprig rum and cola will again be served this year.

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Taste also is taking a greener approach to the 2022 event. This is the second year of a multiyear plan in partnership with West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and GVSU Environmental Studies to build a more sustainable festival. Through the support of Bin There Dump That, the festival has increased its recycling efforts. This year, a sorting tent will be added to pull out compostables and recyclables, including a TerraCycle box to recycle disposable utensils. Waning Moon and Continuum Salon will provide resources to add cigarette recycling.

Taste of Muskegon also will host members of the Japanese consulate in Detroit in honor of Muskegon’s relationship with its sister city of Omuta, Japan. Muskegon Mayor Ken Johnson will make a proclamation at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10, to celebrate over 25 years of friendship with Omuta.

“It’s such an honor to welcome the Japanese (delegation),” Kraus said. “We have been told that they decided to extend their stay in Muskegon to attend the festival and are excited to try a taste of the best Muskegon has to offer. It’s a great opportunity for cultural exchange.”

Taste of Muskegon will take place Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, in Hackley Park, at 350 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon. It is produced by the Muskegon Downtown Development Authority and sponsored by Rair, DTE and Mart Dock.

The festival features over 30 local restaurants and food trucks.

Headlining the event is Starlight City on Friday evening and The Accidentals on Saturday.

Saturday will begin with United Way’s annual Ride United biking event. Awards for Taste of Muskegon’s best plates will be announced Saturday afternoon after voting by the public and a panel of judges.

More information is at tasteofmuskegon.org.

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