Hundreds of people packed into the Rosenberg Civic Center on Monday for the second annual Taste of Rosenberg.

The city of Rosenberg and the Rosenberg Development Corp. hosted the event. This year’s Taste of Rosenberg featured free food from approximately 15 area restaurants and businesses.

The vendors were a variety of locally and nationally owned restaurants and offered a mix of drinks, desserts, sandwiches, tacos and pasta.

Bob’s Taco Station on Avenue I in Historic Downtown Rosenberg, was among those eating establishments to take advantage of the give-aways to introduce themselves to new customers. Bob Alaniz, owner of Bob’s Taco Station, and waitress Glenda, spent several hours handing out free samples of their tamales. Kroger’s employees handed out free nutrition bars and bottles of water. Many of the residents of the Richmond-Rosenberg area who attended the event enjoyed themselves.

“The food is really good and it’s nice to have a community family event,” Nadia Ordaz said. Ordaz was sitting with her friend Julia Cruz and Cruz’s mother Gabriella; all three of them were from Rosenberg.

Julia Cruz said she was enjoying herself so much that she wished that there were more events like the Taste of Rosenberg.

“If Rosenberg had more of these types of things it would feel more homey,” she said. It wasn’t just Richmond-Rosenberg residents who came to the Civic Center. Nayeli Wilson drove down from Katy to sample the local wares.

“I came just for this,” she said. “I came because I know the food is good, the people are nice and I like the town.”

She added that she “definitely will be going to some of the restaurants.”

Besides Bob’s Taco Station, food fans could sample fare from Rosenberg staples like Lupita’s Bakery, La Michocana Meat Market and Happy’s Fajitas. Guitarist Kirk Roberts provided entertainment and door prizes were awarded throughout the evening.

“The turnout is great,” said Jackie Wehring, director of the Rosenberg Main Street program. “More than 600 people passed through the door in the first hour.” Isabel Castillo, senior administrative specialist for the Rosenberg Economic Development Corp., was also pleased with the turnout.

“We may have outgrown the civic center,” she said, surveying the crowded venue.

Many people — whole families — sat on the carpeted floor to dine on their free treats. “We don’t mind sitting on the floor,” said Dr. Jennifer Cantu, who brought her daughters to the event.

“It’s worth it for the good food.”

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