The event, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., offers attendees the opportunity to taste food, beer and wine from 19 local vendors. New vendors this year include Sin City Gluten-Free Bakeshop, Freight House Pub & Grill and more.
“I love all of our vendors,” Chamber president Pamela Smith said. “We have a whole bunch of different kinds of vendors.”
But the Taste of the North Coast offers more than delicious samples, three nonfood vendors will be at the event with demonstrations. It also allows local businesses to network and interact with each other leading to future growth and partnerships.
“It’s our signature event. It’s the biggest networking time of the year,” Smith said. “Many of our chamber members have bought VIP tables, but it’s also open to the public. It’s a special event that brings everybody from the community together.”
The event will also include a raffle for an appliance package, which includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher and $500 in certificates from Meijer. The winner will be chosen at the event.
Tandem Media Network also ran a sweepstakes for the event. More than 700 people entered for a chance to win two tickets to the event and $400 worth of gift cards from seven of the vendors. Thomas Boggs was the winner.
New to the event this year, is live entertainment from Christian Kaser. Kaser, a Sandusky native who records music in Nashville, will perform 5 to 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at TasteOfTheNorthCoast.com.
Proceeds from the event go toward the chamber’s programs which help businesses flourish in the area.