The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and area chefs are currently planning the 10th Annual International Food Festival.

The event scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, will be held at the new McAllen Convention Center from 6 to 9 p.m. It an opportunity for the visitor to taste the fine cuisine from several McAllen and Rio Grande Valley restaurants.

With parties, weddings and graduations coming early in the year, this will be a great opportunity to sample food from several restaurants and bakeries that may provide catering services.

The Festival will offer an exciting opportunity for restaurants and caterers to showcase the many delicacies from their menus and promote their businesses. Last year’s event featured over 35 restaurants serving sample portions of main course items such as Prime Rib, shrimp, sushi, Mexican food, Italian pasta, coffee, desserts and much more.

A panel of judges will once again select the recipients of Best of the Show awards in different participating categories. The public attending the event will also have the opportunity to participate in selecting their favorite restaurant for the coveted “People’s Choice Award.”

Every year a new theme is chosen for the event and this year it will be the Old West. “Adding a theme to the food festival makes it very different from others in the Rio Grande Valley” said Luis Cantu, vice president for Community Development at the Chamber, “It adds a touch of fun to the Festival and it not only covers the decoration of the booths, but also the entertainment side. This time for example, we may have some country band or some Cantina piano playing in the background. My idea is to make of this an opportunity for visitors to enjoy of delicious International cuisine from the best restaurants, eat as much as I they want and have a great time in a relax environment.”

Purchase tickets at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce located at 1200 Ash Ave in McAllen. To reserve a booth or more information, contact Cantu at 956-682-2871.