In past years, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce's Taste of the Town event would have taken place on one night, providing area restaurants with an opportunity to share selections with members of the community who purchased a ticket. However, due to COVID-19, in 2021 the event will take a new approach, and diners will be able to visit participating restaurants for almost the entire month to sample fare along the way, according to a press release.

From Jan. 4-31, more than 30 participating restaurants will honor $25 tickets for Taste of the Town. Ticketholders can visit each restaurant once or purchase additional tickets for additional trips around the restaurants. Information about additional restaurants or changes to the lineup can be found at the event website at

Event organizers said the idea is to allow guests to discover new restaurants and support their local favorites, particularly since the restaurant industry has been hit by COVID-19-related closures and restrictions this year.

Group packages of tickets are available through the Taste of the Town website.

Participating restaurants are also eligible to win titles for the Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert and the 2021 Peoples Choice Award, according to the release.

Information about sponsorships and ambassadorships is also available through The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. One of the local sponsors is The Howard Hughes Corp., which owns several properties in The Woodlands where restaurants and retail operate.

"We are excited to showcase the dining experiences in our centers including Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing, Creekside Park Village Green, Creekside Park West, Lake Woodlands Crossing, Waterway Square as well as Sorrriso Modern Italian Kitchen at The Westin at The Woodlands," said Jim Carman, the president of the Houston region of The Howard Hughes Corp., in the release.

The list of participating restaurants is subject to change, and participants should consult the event website for the most recent information.