GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe Art Federation has wrapped up its first-ever virtual Taste of Tippecanoe.
On Saturday, hundreds of people enjoyed the foods and arts of this community while socially distanced. Local food service workers are one group particularly benefiting from this year's event.
"We still wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to really unite and for us to showcase the restaurants and our local talent," said Tetia Lee, CEO of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.
The TASTE of Tippecanoe has become one of the largest single-day arts fundraisers in the state of Indiana. And the coronavirus outbreak hasn't stopped TAF leaders from continuing its tradition.
"This is something that the Tippecanoe Arts Federation really wants to do for the community so what we're hoping for is just that everyone can get together and enjoy one another," said Lee.
Roasted, Toasted, and Baked Food Truck owner Jordan Mirick said that's exactly what's happened. He said through this social-distanced food and arts festival he's been able to connect with the community better than ever.
"Rather than just seeing an online order we're actually talking to them, we see their names," said Mirick. "It's helping develop a relationship still even though we're not out at the mosey's and doing all the big stuff."
Emergency Munchie Truck Owner Amber Davis agrees. She said she's grateful her business was chosen as one of three food trucks to participate in this year's socially distanced festival.
"We thought it would be a fun way to kind of generate some excitement cause we all miss going to the TASTE and eating all the good food and beverages so we're happy to support," said Davis.
Restaurant workers have found working through this pandemic particularly challenging. L Kora owner Jose Alfonso-Lopez said having this food truck option during the virtual festival has been helpful.
"It's hard because the people are still scared to come out but we're still working and trying to do the best we can," said Alfonso-Lopez.
TAF Board President Brian Yost said in these times of required social distancing, art and food is one great way to bring people together.
"The arts are really important," said Yost. "They help bring a creative voice to the community so please support the arts, support your restaurants, help us get through this."