KC Taste: A Guide to Kansas City’s Newest Food Festival

Kansas City’s downtown renaissance has had a rejuvenating effect on many facets of the city’s culture, perhaps none more than our food scene.

Kansas City, once known for barbecue and not much more, has thoroughly planted its flag as a foodie town. This city has exploded with dining options over the last decade, and there are no signs of slowing down now. What are you looking for — tacos, home-style meals, Asian cuisine, elevated comfort foods, pizza, French bistros? You can find it in KC.

In fact, you can find so much food here that picking a district for a night out, let alone a restaurant within that district, can be overwhelming. That’s why you should visit KC Taste, August 17 at Crown Center.

What is KC Taste?

KC Taste is a new annual food festival that highlights the diversity and quality of Kansas City’s dining culture. Beginning in 2018, the KC Taste festival is the perfect place to experience Kansas City’s culinary offerings and find a new favorite restaurant.

You can join more than 10,000 fellow foodies for this family-friendly festival. Restaurants of all kinds and from all neighborhoods around KC have booths set up. Typically, restaurants feature one or two menu items for guests to sample. There are also drinks — beers, wines and cocktails — at some of the vendor booths. When you’ve had enough food, or you just need a break before getting seconds, you can enjoy some of the other entertainment, like bouncy houses for the kids and live music for everyone.

Join Parkway at KC Taste

Parkway Social Kitchen is a proud participant in KC Taste. As one of the Plaza’s premiere dining establishments, we are avid supporters of the entire Kansas City restaurant scene. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats, which is why we support local cuisine and the ever-expanding market for delicious food around our city. The KC Taste festival is an important event for this town and a great opportunity to support local business.

Parkway’s mission is food with a sense of community. Historically, nothing is more symbolic of friendship and family than the table. Food has the power to bring people together — to be the centerpiece of conversation and the spark that lights many memories. We strive for every meal to create community, which is why we are so excited about events like KC Taste.

At Parkway’s KC Taste booth, you’ll find our famous barbecue ribs. This fan-favorite entrée is slathered in our house-made sauce and cooked to fall-off-the-bone perfection. We feature several other items to pair with the ribs, as well as ice-cold bottled water to wash it down.

The booth at KC Taste is a great time to try Parkway for the first time. And when you find yourself wanting more, we’d love to see you on the Plaza. Our brick-and-mortar location can be found at the corner on Ward Parkway and Jefferson Street. With an open, airy dining room situated around a tasteful horseshoe bar, hungry Kansas Citians come from all over the metro area to enjoy excellently crafted and generously portioned dishes. Our elevated take on classic comfort foods will leave you feeling full and satisfied. We’re open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, with an additional brunch menu and late-night happy hour on weekends.

Parkway also offers our private event space, The Lounge, for your party needs. Whether it’s a business lunch, rehearsal dinner or birthday party, we’ve got you covered. You can inquire to learn more about booking The Lounge and you’ll hear from us shortly.

Stop in or make a reservation to Parkway any time. We look forward to serving you on the Plaza or at KC Taste.

KC Taste Schedule:

  • When: August 17th, 2019
  • Where: Crown Center
  • What: Restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and other tasty treats
  • Why: Kansas City has created a local culture worth celebrating, and there’s no better way to do that than by attending KC Taste!