Participants in the Taste of Christmas sample bar cookies last year at Forbes' Pharmacy in Houston.

Houston’s annual Taste of Christmas event — which features cooks entering their favorite dishes — occurred Saturday.

Tasting at several area businesses started at 10 a.m.  Winners were selected at 2 p.m., except where businesses close earlier. Many offered prizes to the winners.

Participating businesses and categories:

Candy, Houston Herald.

Pies, Romines Motor Co.

Soups, D&L Florist.

Dips, Little House Gifts.

Cinnamon rolls, Orscheln Farm and Home.

Cookies, Houston Do-it Center.

Brownies, Aaron’s Sales and Lease.

Cheeseballs, Security Bank of the Ozarks.

Muffins, Houston Visitors Center.

No bake cookies, Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston (at Lone Star Plaza).

Fudge, Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Bar cookies, Forbes Pharmacy.

Cupcakes, St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Salads, Demi Grace.

Banana/spice breads, New Concepts Hair Salon.

Chili, Texas County Food Pantry.

Appetizers, LuLaRoe. (7707 Morton Road)

Cakes/cheesecakes, The Animal Shelter of Texas County and Diane’s Pet Styles.

Winners are determined by the highest number of votes at each business.

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