Taste buds satisfied at Taste of a Rattler

Students waiting in lines to receive food
Photo Submitted by Marissa Stubbs

Students, professors, staff and alumni gathered on The Set Wednesday to enjoy FAMU’S annual Taste of a Rattler event.

Taste of a Rattler consists of various food vendors not usually found on campus. With all the choices to choose from, participants spent most of their time deciding which vendor to pursue.

These vendors provided a diversified taste that enhanced the HBCU culture. Vendors such as Leola’s Crab Shack served different seafoods such as fish and shrimp. Sam’s Pineapple served cut pineapples with layers of cilantro rice and a choice of steak, shrimp or chicken as a protein.

Not only did students have a variety of food to choose from, there were also some diversified beverages to keep them hydrated. Jmo’s SneauxBall Catering Company provided students with numerous refreshing flavors of snowballs, to keep them cool.

While dancing and conversing among each other, students shared why they love attending events such as these during Homecoming week.

“Every year I love coming out to Taste of Rattler. Not only do I get to enjoy the atmosphere, but I can eat all these great foods and mingle with my friends,” Zakia Hill, a junior pre-physical therapy major, said.

Taste of a Rattler brought out hundreds of students. However, many students decided to be a service to FAMU by volunteering at the event.

Taylor McCoy, a junior health management major, said she loves volunteering at events like Taste of a Rattler. “As a volunteer, I feel like we always have a great turnout, there are a lot of students here getting different tastes of the different food vendors. It’s very exciting,” McCoy said.

Although many students enjoy this event every year, many professors and alumni said this event brings back many memories of their college years.

Professor Perkins, a math instructor at Florida A&M University, said, “Although we have never had this event when I attended Florida A&M University, I think this event is awesome and the food is good. I’m also happy to see many students here. This brings back memories of when I was in school, I would come hang out on The Set.”

Not only did Taste of a Rattler satisfy taste buds, it also satisfied pockets. All the food was free with just a show of a Rattler ID.

With Homecoming in full swing there are more festivities to come later this week. The Homecoming convocation will take place at 10:10 a.m. Friday in the Al Lawson Center. Rattlers will then pack out Bragg Memorial Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m. for the Homecoming game.