Taste of Muskegon announces restaurants, food trucks in 2022 festival

Community event to showcase 30+ local eateries

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Be sure to vote: Awards for Taste of Muskegon’s best plates will take place Saturday afternoon and include both judged and public votes.

Be sure to vote: Awards for Taste of Muskegon’s best plates will take place Saturday afternoon and include both judged and public votes.

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Right off Michigan's U.S. Highway 31, a developing food scene comes together each year during an event called Taste of Muskegon.

The 16th annual Taste of Muskegon is set to bring more than 30 food trucks and restaurants to Hackley Park, 250 W. Webster Ave., on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11.

"The restaurants and food trucks have put together some incredible menus this year,"  Lisa Kraus, marketing director for Taste of Muskegon said in a recent press release. "We are continually awed by the culinary talent in Muskegon. We always look forward to bringing our community together to celebrate a taste of all Muskegon has to offer."

More than 20 favorite vendors will be returning to Hackley Park. New vendors include Melt Gourmet Sandwiches, Pierogi Shack, Unruly Kitchen and more.

More than 20 favorite vendors will be returning to Hackley Park. New vendors include Melt Gourmet Sandwiches, Pierogi Shack, Unruly Kitchen and more.

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Awards for Taste of Muskegon's best plates are set to be announced Saturday afternoon and include both judged and public votes. So be sure to vote for your favorites. Also on Saturday, United Way's Ride United will start and end at Taste of Muskegon.

During the event, eateries prepare a special menu of up to four items and attendees will be able to order items in exchange for tickets bought at the door. Tickets cost $1 each, per the Taste of Muskegon website.

Family activities at Taste of Muskegon have included face painting, axe throwing, balloon animals, a corn maze, a bounce house and a 33-foot obstacle course.

Family activities at Taste of Muskegon have included face painting, axe throwing, balloon animals, a corn maze, a bounce house and a 33-foot obstacle course.

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Taste of Muskegon is also set to feature live music.

Taste of Muskegon is also set to feature live music.

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Family activities at Taste of Muskegon have included face painting, ax throwing, balloon animals, a corn maze, a bounce house and a 33-foot obstacle course.

Event organizers announced the participating vendors in a press release on Tuesday, May 10. 

New this year to Taste of Muskegon, though not all are new to the Muskegon area:

  • Melt Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Pennant Pizza & Wings
  • Pierogi Shack
  • The Hideout
  • Unruly Kitchen

Taste of Muskegon 2021 Taste Place Award winners returning this year include: 

  • Tiki Boiz - People's Choice Award, Best Taste Award, Sustainability Award
  • Burl & Sprig - Best New Bite Award, Best Lite Bite Award
  • Bone Ends - Best Beer and Bacon Award
Bone Ends won the Taste of Muskegon 2021 Taste Plate award for best beer and bacon.

Bone Ends won the Taste of Muskegon 2021 Taste Plate award for best beer and bacon.

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Other returning favorites: 

  • Abeshi Ghanaian Cuisine
  • Aldea Coffee
  • Aloha Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Carlson's Almonds
  • Corine's Cakes & Catering
  • Curry Kitchen and Naan Pizza
  • DaKidd BBQ & Catering
  • Dr. Rolf's BBQ
  • Fatty Lumpkins
  • Frostbite Shaved Ice
  • G&L Chili Dogs
  • Hamburger Mikey
  • Happy Matt's Kettlecorn
  • Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars
  • Mylan's Waterfront Grille
  • Navarro's Mexican Takeout
  • OVK BBW
  • Rad Dad's Tacos & Tequila
  • Sutton Concessions
  • The Only Cannoli
  • Uncle Bill's Taco Wagon
  • Wonderland Distilling Co. 
  • Yodels Frozen Yogurt

Event organizers announced in January the festival's date was moving to honor the Juneteenth holiday, so visitors can attend celebrations for both.

The drink menu includes domestic and craft beer, wine, tequila tasting, a selection of Muskegon cocktails and "adult slushies." Alcoholic beverages range from four to 10 tickets.

The drink menu includes domestic and craft beer, wine, tequila tasting, a selection of Muskegon cocktails and "adult slushies." Alcoholic beverages range from four to 10 tickets.

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Usually held in June, the event was pushed back to the fall last year out of concern for COVID-19. Taste of Muskegon was held virtually in 2020 due to the pandemic.

"We did not miss a year due to COVID but we did turn it into Taste Tour," a spokesperson for Taste of Muskegon said. "Rather than coming to the park in 2020, you drove to the restaurants that offered Taste Flights. We moved the main event in the park to September in 2021 and ran Taste Tour in June. The restaurants are local businesses that have been struggling due to COVID-19 so we had to find a way to keep the event going, canceling was not an option. Our local restaurants are still trying to recover so it is so important to keep choosing local."

Visit here to learn more about the restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2022.