A taste of the good life

Taste of Greene County returns

By Stacey Ritz

Photo: The annual Taste of Greene County returns April 13; photo: Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce

“Not only is the Taste of Greene County a great time, but it really gives the region the perfect opportunity to sample and see what some of the surrounding restaurants have to offer: A wonderful way to get out with the family, relax and indulge in some delicious food.” Kathleen Young, executive director of the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau said.

“What a great event for the community! It was well organized and attended. We thoroughly enjoyed the food from all the restaurants, bakeries and vendors at the event,” attendees Bill and Karen Nostadt commented in response to last year’s event. Take note 2014 ticket sales for the event will be limited to 2,000 attendees. Buying your ticket(s) early is the best way to secure your entry into Greene County’s premier event. Tickets purchased by Thursday, April 10 are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and active-duty military, $6 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children under 5. Tickets at the door are $18.

The 17th annual Taste of Greene County is presented by the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce and Greene/Soin Hospitals and will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wright State University Nutter Center. More than 20 restaurants, bakeries and caterers are expected to bring their best and most popular cuisine.

“Appetizers, soups, salads, main entrées and desserts will be available for you to sample for one admission price,” Toni Overholser, President/CEO of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce, explained. “You can let the restaurants know which items you love by voting for your favorites. Awards will be given for the Best Appetizer, Best Salad or Soup, Best Entrée or Sandwich, Best BBQ, Best Dessert, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth.” Voting will conclude at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 2:45 p.m. Beef O’Brady’s, Busy Bee Café, Cadillac Jack’s Sports Bar, Cheryl’s Cookies, Don Pablo’s, elé Cake Co., Young’s Jersey Dairy, Jeet India, Texas Roadhouse and many others will be in attendance at this year’s event.

Smoothie King’s co-owner Lynne Pierce-French is looking forward to attending the Taste of Greene County again this year, for Smoothie King’s second consecutive showing. “We are most looking forward to sharing our healthy and delicious smoothies to the guests and providing some education about nutritional values,” Pierce-French said. “We will be bringing our 3-ounce samples of several types of smoothies including Berry Punch, Angel Food, Mango Fest and Berry Carrot Dream.”

Other booths will feature items such as clam chowder, pasta, barbequed pork and brisket, tortilla soup, Indian food, Mongolian ginger chicken, white chicken chili and a wide variety of desserts such as fudge and ice cream. In addition to great food, this year’s event will feature a raffle drawing, silent auction and great music – rain or shine!

The Nutter Center held the first Taste of Greene County in 1997 with 15 restaurants and approximately 600 attendees. Prior to that, a smaller “Taste of Beavercreek” was originally held in the parking lot of the Mall at Fairfield Commons. “With increased interest from restaurants and the general public, the event moved indoors and was renamed The Taste of Greene County,” Overholser said. “Over the years, it has grown considerably, last year over 1,500 people attended the event.”

“This will be our fourth year as participants in the Taste of Greene County,” Josie DeDominici, director of catering and events at the Hilton Garden Inn (Dayton/Beavercreek) said. “We absolutely love the friendly competition and the camaraderie between all of the participants. It is just a great opportunity for us to get the word out to the local community about our restaurant, The Garden Grille and Bar, located in the Hilton Garden Inn Dayton/Beavercreek. It is also a wonderful way for us to show our support to the Beavercreek Community and the chamber of commerce.”

“We love the feedback we get from attendees,” Overholser said. “New attendees overwhelmingly express how much fun they had at the event and say they will be sure to attend next year. Even more exciting is what we hear from long time attendees who say they’ve never missed a Taste. We even have a couple that has driven down from Detroit for the past several years, just for our event!”

The Taste of Greene County is a family-friendly event for all ages to enjoy. If you are ready to enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods, mark your calendars to attend this year’s one-of-a-kind event.

The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce and Greene/Soin Hospitals present the 17th annual Taste of Greene County on Sunday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway #430. For more information, please call 937.426.2202 or visit beavercreekchamber.org.

Reach DCP freelance writer Stacey Ritz at StaceyRitz@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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