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Football Fans Converge on US Bank Stadium for Taste of the Vikings



Fans started lining up early outside US Bank Stadium for the Taste of the Vikings.

It was indeed “a party with a purpose,” and the real reason why 20 restaurants and numerous beer and wine companies showed up at US Bank Stadium June 14 to feed the masses of Vikings fans was to “kick childhood hunger.”

Every team in the NFL holds a similar event leading up to the big one—the Taste of the NFL at the Super Bowl. Proceeds stay in each of the team’s hometown. Since Minneapolis is hosting Super Bowl LII, Wayne Kostroski, local restaurateur and founder of the event 23 years ago, is hoping the Twin Cities community will rally around the online donation vehicle, Kick Hunger Challenge from September through January. Second Harvest Heartland is the recipient of the donations. 

Chefs from 20 restaurants offered samples of their cuisine, such as 4 Bells’ lobster cocktail, Cowboy Jack’s tater tot hot dish, Mercy’s Buffalo fish ribs and Oceanaire’s ahi tuna poke. The winner of the friendly competition was Corner Table/Revival’s smoked pastrami on a caraway rye bread, according to Instagram influencer Kim Ly Curry, who was one of the judges (yes, she's the one on the cover of this month's issue).  

In addition to sampling great cuisine, attendees could bid on Vikings-related silent auction items, plus a VIP locker room experience and a VIP wine and dessert tasting. E&J Gallo funded a Wine Wall and Crown Royal hosted the Whiskey Lounge. And fans lined up to pick a mystery lunch box one of four players was standing by to sign. All for a purposeful party.  

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