Food and fun at the Southern Utah Culinary Festival

Adam Stuart Southern utah Culinary Festival St. George, Utah, April 26, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The first Southern Utah Culinary Festival kicked off its Friday-Saturday event today at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George, with a substantial turnout.

The idea man behind this festival is Adam Stuart, the creator/ producer of the event.

“It came to me in the shower about 18 months ago,” Stuart said, “I wanted to find a way to facilitate an event where people could really get an idea, and ‘taste’ of what kind of foods this area has to offer.  In turn, this event would also give these locally owned and operated businesses some exposure, and help them get more customers during this difficult economy. That is one thing we really wanted to focus on: helping out locally owned and operated businesses.”

Lon Allen and Scott Allen vending for Sonny Boy's Barbecue, Southern Utah Culinary Festival, Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, April 26, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor, St. George News
Lon Allen and Scott Allen vending for Sonny Boy’s Barbecue, Southern Utah Culinary Festival, Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, April 26, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor, St. George News

St. George is not unfamiliar with festivals; and most of them have many food vendors that participate as well. However, there are a few things that separate this event from than others. Stuart explained that there is a conscious effort to have smaller portions, so people don’t fill up at one place and prevent themselves from being able to sample the other vendors.

Father-and-son vendors Lon and Scott Allen from Sonny Boy’s Barbecue said:

“We’re excited that something like this is being put on for the public down here, and hope it will help get our name out to more people. We think it’s a great idea for people to get a taste of what we’re all about.”

The festival has more than just food as well. There is live music, a play area for kids, and a rock wall set up by the National Guard.

This festival will continue tomorrow

Event recap

When: April 26-27, 2013; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Vernon Worthen Park

Costs: General Admission Free; expect costs for food

Facebook:  Southern Utah Culinary Festival

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Adam Stuart Southern utah Culinary Festival St. George, Utah, April 26, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor St. George News
Adam Stuart Southern utah Culinary Festival St. George, Utah, April 26, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor St. George News

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2 Comments

  • Cassia April 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    We went today – GO! Go to this event! The bounce houses were FREE! Great food from local restaurants – and affordable! Most items from vendors range from $1.00 – $2.00! Live music. Great fun for everyone- the adults and children in our group loved it!

  • Utah Injury Attorney May 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    This was an awesome event! Attended both days.

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