31st annual ‘Taste of Jackson’ draws hundreds


JACKSON, Tenn. — Hundreds arrived to get a “Taste of Jackson.” For some, it is an annual tradition to sample what the city has to offer, while for others it was a first.

The 31st annual A Taste of Jackson and West Tennessee took place Thursday evening at the Farmers Market in downtown Jackson.

“My son and my daughter-in-law brought us over,” attendee Ida Bradford said. “They have been coming for several years, so they decided to bring us, and I’m so glad that they did. We have truly enjoyed so far.”

Many food vendors have participated for years, but there were newcomers as well.

“The one place isn’t even open yet and they’re here getting their name out to people,” attendee Greg Hizer said. “That’ll help them eventually bring new business to Jackson.”

All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

“Feeding the community, at the same time saving lives of babies, educating mothers how to have healthy babies,” Taste of Jackson Chairman Molly Richardson said.

Organizers said the money will go to the West Tennessee chapter of March of Dimes and help in the group’s mission to support research. Last year, organizers said they raised close to $30,000, but this year their hope is to exceed that amount and raise $120,000.

“I was blessed to have two healthy babies, but I have so many friends that have premature babies, lost babies, and educating parents and educating mothers is so important,” Richardson said.

Some attendees said they cannot wait until next year. “Our first time here and we truly enjoyed it,” Bradford said. “I hope I get to come back again.”

Organizers said they are pleased with Thursday’s turnout, estimating a crowd of 500 to 700 people. Thanks to the support of visitors and vendors, organizers said the event has raised more than $2 million over the last 31 years.

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