Kalamazoo Hot Dog Walk
2022 marks the twelfth annual Kalamazoo Hot Dog Walk, an event supporting local businesses and Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. The pandemic caused a pivot to a safe, voucher format which served the mission successfully, therefore this year will see multiple options:
- First, a return to the live event which involves participants riding buses to six restaurants in one afternoon on May 27 starting at 1pm: Coney Island, Nagle’s Top Dog & Malt Shoppe, Papa’s Italian Sausage, Ray Ray’s Italian Beef & Sausage, The Root Beer Stand, and Schultz’s Treat Street.
- Second, retaining the virtual option, registrants receive a packet containing vouchers good for one hot dog at each partner restaurant, redeemable throughout the year.
- Third, the bold may opt for both vouchers and the live event with the combo meal option.
Beginning on Saturday, April 16, participants can register here for $50 (vouchers only), $55 (event only), or $85 (vouchers and event). All registrants will receive one commemorative t-shirt and proceeds benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.
Register on April 16.
No joke. The event fills quickly. Don’t get left without a spot. We plan to fill every seat, so there won’t be room for any late additions.
Be sure you have the whole afternoon off.
It’s an all-or-nothing type deal. You need to be available the whole afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. because we’re all riding together. Don’t make us explain how a bus ride works.
Try a dog from every stop.
Yeah, we know that sounds like a lot of food, but remember that one of the great things about this event is trying something new. Even if you only take a bite, at least you’ve tried it and your registration fee includes a dog at every stop anyway.
Want to help more?
Great! You can make an additional donation to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes when you register and we’ll have a collection box on the day of the event for further contributions.
Have kids or other family that would get a kick out of the event?
You can always register them if you think it’s worth it (only registered guests may ride the bus), but our advice is to invite them to see you off at check-in or to stop by to see the bus arrive at one of our stops. This is a great way for kids or family members to witness the fun and snap a picture without the commitment or expense of the full event.
Go potty before you come to the event.
We do not have bathroom facilities at our check-in location. The good news is we won’t be there long.
Don’t order anything else at the restaurants.
All of our restaurant partners have other awesome menu items that you should try… another time. We have the ordering process down to a science; don’t slow us down by placing additional food and drink orders. Thanks in advance for that one.
Water is your friend.
Keep yourself hydrated throughout the event, but drinking anything other than water will just fill you up. You won’t need any help doing that.
Talk to strangers.
The KHDW attracts some of the coolest people in Kalamazoo, but you won’t know that if you sit with the same people all day. Mix it up; you’ll be glad you did.
We have a big group and a short amount of time to be served at each stop. Stay close to the action and listen for your name so we can get everyone served as quickly as possible. The KHDW Committee are better at planning events than waiting tables.
Use the hashtag #kzoohotdogwalk before, during and after the event.
Tell everyone that you plan to attend, keep them updated throughout the event and then let them know how great a time you had when it’s over. In fact, you could make a post about the KHDW now. Go ahead.