The 22nd annual Taste of Alabama Agriculture and Fall Roundup will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Heritage Park on the Auburn University campus.
Billed as the season's biggest tailgate party, the event features a wide range of food items, traditional and exotic, either grown or processed in Alabama. Among the expected taste delights will be blue and orange potatoes, collard greens, catfish, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, goat, Satsuma oranges, kiwi, pecans, peanuts and many other delicacies.
Entertainment will be provided including a bluegrass band composed of agricultural faculty and friends and also special guests Aubie, the AU Pep Band and the AU cheerleaders.
Included in the event will be an auction, complete with professional auctioneers. Hunting and fishing trips, golf, beach and mountain vacations and many valuable items will be sold during the auction. All proceeds from the auction go to the Ag Alumni Association Fall Roundup Scholarship Fund.
Exhibits from academic departments, student organizations and commodity groups will be on display. Included among the displays will be a miniature syrup mill and cotton gin and Old Nancy, an antique steam tractor. A special children's section will feature a petting zoo, pumpkin painting and face painting.
"This year's Taste of Alabama Agriculture marks a big change in the event," said Martha Patterson, chairperson of the event. "This is the first time it will be held at the new Agricultural Heritage Park located at the corner of Samford Avenue and Donahue Drive." It was formerly held on Ag Hill near AU's main agricultural administration building.
"The new location will be more convenient to parking and to the stadium and will give alumni a chance to preview the exciting plans for Heritage Park," Patterson added. Heritage Park is located at the site of the Auburn University's Old Red Barn on Samford Avenue and will celebrate the past, present and future of agriculture in the state, while serving as a lasting tribute to Alabama's farmers and agriculture's impact on Alabama. It also will serve as a gathering place for College of Agriculture students, faculty, alumni and friends.
Each year Roundup and Taste of Alabama festivities draw some 2,000 alumni, friends and the general public who want to sample the food and good times. The public is encouraged to join the Taste party, which lasts from 9 a.m. until one hour before kickoff of the AU versus Louisiana-Monroe football game. Admission is free for active Ag Alumni Association members and for children under six years of age. Non-members can purchase tickets at the gate for $5.
For more information contact Patterson at 334-844-3198 or at [email protected]