NORMAN — The hotly-contested NHS-NNHS football game is a draining experience for fans and players alike. To fortify themselves before the Clash, hungry Normanites of all persuasions dine at the annual Taste of Norman just before kick-off.
This year, the taste-testing extravaganza will take place at the OU Mosier Indoor Practice Facility from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 5.
Because of the generosity of Norman’s restaurants and the contributions of Republic Bank & Trust and David Stanley Chevrolet, all proceeds from this event go to the booster clubs supporting the NHS and NNHS bands.
Fans of both teams put aside their football loyalties and join together for this annual event supporting the bands whose half-time and sideline performances contribute so much to the game.
This year, 28 Norman restaurants will provide samples of their specialties at the Taste of Norman. Newcomers Scratch Kitchen, Ray’s BBQ, Local, Syrup, Das Boot Camp, McNellie’s, Misal and Sushi Master join long-time participants Legends, Johnny Carino’s, Cane’s and Rib Crib to provide a wide range of options for hungry diners.
“Taste of Norman is a critical part of our annual fundraising effort,” said NNHS booster club past-president Teresa Baggett. “The band association supplements school district funds to allow the band to buy music, instruments, uniforms and instructors for our students,” said NHS band director Jim Meiller.
Tickets are $15 per person, with diners under 5 years of age admitted free. Tickets may be purchased from any NHS or NNHS band student, at each high school’s main office and band office, at Republic Bank & Trust Co’s three banking locations, at the Norman Public Schools administration building at 131 S. Flood or at the door at the time of the event.