Taste of Norman kicks off football season for bands

The annual Taste of Norman event is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5, just before the annual crosstown clash between Norman High and Norman North's football teams. The event raises money for the high schools' band programs.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm •  Published: August 29, 2013

The annual Taste of Norman is a win-win for people who like food and music.

More than 28 local restaurants have signed on to provide samples of their specialties at the tasting extravaganza from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the University of Oklahoma Mosier Indoor Practice Facility, adjacent to Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Student musicians from Norman High and Norman North High School will provide entertainment.

All proceeds from Taste of Norman go to booster clubs supporting the two high schools' band programs.

Taste of Norman will precede the annual crosstown clash at Owen Field between the Norman High and Norman North football teams.

Tickets for the tasting event are $15 per person, with children under 5 admitted free. Tickets may be purchased from individual band or booster club members, at Republic Bank and Trust Co. or beginning Tuesday from the high schools or at the Norman Public Schools district office, 131 S Flood Ave. Tickets for the football game also will be available at the district office, beginning Tuesday. Game tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Norman High School Band Director Jim Meiller said the tasting event is a critical fundraiser for the schools' band programs. Money is used to supplement district funds to pay for sheet music, instruments, uniforms and instructors.

Some of the participating restaurants for this year's event are Scratch Kitchen, Ray's BBQ, Local, Syrup, Das Boot Camp, McNellie's, Misal of India, Sushi Master, Legends, Johnny Carino's, Raising Cane's and Rib Crib.

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