MT. VERNON — Sponsors and food vendors have been selected for this year's Downtown After 5 Building Tour and Taste of Mt. Vernon event, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 17 at the Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge, 1107 Jordan St.
As part of the annual program, participants tour four renovated buildings downtown and then meet up at the Elks Lodge to taste a wide array of food, beverages and desserts.
This year's buildings include Williamson Asia, 102 N. Ninth St.; RARE Chop House, 224 S. 10th St.; Studio B, 1112 Broadway, Suite 201; and Lowery's Irish Pub, 300 S. Ninth St.
“I think people are really going to be impressed with the things they see,” said Cyndy Mitchell, executive director of the Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation. “We're really trying to revitalize the traditional heart of our community.”
The DMDC now hosts the annual program, along with the Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819. This is the eighth year for the Building Tour portion of the event and the fourth year for Taste of Mt. Vernon.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person and they go on sale starting next week.
The price of the ticket covers a self-guided tour of the four buildings, as well as the Taste of Mt. Vernon food sampling at the Elks Lodge. All the food comes from local restaurants, delis, caterers and bakeries.
Organizers recommend participants stop at Williamson Asia first to get their map and begin the tour. At each of the four buildings, the public will be greeted by a tour guide who will speak about the renovations and be available for questions.
Most ticket-buyers choose to take the tour first and then go to the Elks Lodge for the Taste of Mt. Vernon.
Laura Schaubert, vice president of Williamson Asia, said she hopes the public will find the rehabilitated space at Williamson Asia especially interesting.