Local restaurants cook up samples at Taste of the Town

Walk-Erlich added that the businesses love participating and some have been there every year of the event.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened this year and jumped at the chance to show support and build its brand, General Manager Matt Firth said.

The Texas-based franchise is looking to get a foothold in the State College area, and Firth said that building community relationships, attending events and giving people a chance to try their food is a way to do that.

He said business on Benner Pike is going well so far and they are excited to get be able to go to more events and cater for people.

And it was a good chance for the attendees to eat a variety of food.

Robin and Russell Barton have been in the State College area for 23 years and thought that they had seen it all in terms of food, but at their first Taste of the Town, they were surprised to see some new places and get to try some old favorites.

Robin Barton, who said she was most looking forward to the food from Kelly’s Steak and Seafood, said the event is a chance to give back and have a fun night out with family.