The annual A Taste of Western Lancaster County event is coming up once again at the Elizabethtown Public Library, with the money raised going to the library and the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown for its community projects.
The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2; it is always held on the first Friday in February. This event highlights samples from restaurants, food vendors, and purveyors of various beverages serving the greater Elizabethtown area. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $35; they may be purchased online (a link can be found on the event’s Facebook page) or in person at the library or from Rotary Club members.
“This is a total volunteer operation,” Rotary organizer Kevin Engle said; the musicians, ticket takers and vendors are all donating their services.
Last year’s event raised about $26,000, with half of that going to the library and half to Rotary to support the service club’s community projects.
Dozens of food and beverage vendors will be on hand offering appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and beverages including beer, wine, water and coffee. Desserts will also be offered. This is the 10th year of the event. The largest sponsor this year is White Family Dental, which donated $5,000 to the event to be named a diamond sponsor.
Three wineries have confirmed attendance: Nissley Winery, which has been a vendor since the beginning, will be joined by Allegro Winery and Vineyard at Hershey. Meduseld Meadery will be attending as well.
“You’re going to be able to get a full meal as you roam around the public library, which is a great way to spend an evening,” Engle said. He said many people look forward to the event as an opportunity to see old friends.
“It’s been dubbed the most fun you’ll ever have in a library,” Engle said.
Engle said working with the library has taught him about the library, which is an independent nonprofit.
“It’s opened my eyes to what’s going on at the library, and how many people use the library and how important the library is to the community,” Engle said. He said 2,500 people enter the library every month; in addition to borrowing books, people are applying for passports, getting movies on DVDs or attending children’s programs.
“They really do is on a very limited budget, and that’s what this fundraiser’s important,” Engle said.