Stephanie Miller got out of cooking for her family Tuesday night when she brought her two daughters to the fifth annual Flavors of Central Texas at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
“She doesn’t like to cook,” said Miller’s daughter, Ashlyn Miller, 10, as she sampled food from local businesses.
More than 600 people attended the event, which featured more than 20 local restaurants, caterers and bakers from Central Texas.
“It’s been a really good turnout. This is the best year we’ve had so far,” said Jenna Weynand, director of strategic communications at the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a really good community event and it’s become very highly anticipated.”
In addition to watching cooking demonstrations and competitions, businesses handed out food samples.
“You have the chance to taste all of these places in one night and experience what they have to offer,” Weynand said. “Anyone can drive down (U.S. Highway) 190 and see all the businesses but we have a lot of really good, diverse, local, unique restaurants. It gives them an opportunity to shine.”
Although Tamara Freeman, owner of Sweet Eats, has been featuring her business at the event since its inception, she gave a cooking demonstration for the first time.
“It went well,” Freeman said. “If nothing else, (I hope they learn) that anybody can do it. You just have to prepare. Don’t wait until the last minute. ... The worst thing is to make your cake and run out of icing.”
Miller enjoyed the demonstrations and supporting local businesses.
“It gets bigger every year. The experience is always good,” said Miller, of Killeen.
“I’m a foodie, so I enjoy eating new food and trying new things.”