Kingston’s 8th Annual Taste of Waynedale, held on Tuesday, March 22nd was another rousing success! The numbers have been tallied and there were 26 vendors providing food and drink, close to 700 people in attendance, 62 silent auction items and a total of $8,000 split between Community Harvest Food Bank and Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.
First time vendor Barry Jenkins from Tucano’s Brazilian Grill states, “The Taste of Waynedale gave us an opportunity to get our food and lemonade to people who have never been to the restaurant. The people who came to the event were excited to see something new and very receptive to our products. It also allowed us to meet people from other restaurants and build relationships. We look forward to participating in the event again next year.”
The People’s Choice Award for the 4th time in a row was awarded to Nine Mile Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Strack said, “We would like to thank the guests at Taste of Waynedale for choosing us, it is really a great honor. We love getting feedback from people in our area on new menu items. We also like to bring some of our staple menu items that we know people love. It’s nice to see the event continue to grow so we can reach out to new potential customers while also helping raise money for various projects in our community.”
A twist on the silent auction this year included a raffle for a Schwinn bicycle donated by GMI Insurance. The proceeds of the raffle will go to the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalks Initiative and the new Bluffton Road Trails & Sidewalk Project. Entries were collected at the event and will also be available again for a $1 donation at the Spring Trek at the Point scheduled for Saturday, April 16th. Several local businesses are continuing to sell raffle tickets. The winning name will be drawn at the conclusion of the Trek event. GMI’s Bill Philpott said, “This was our first year to participate in The Taste of Waynedale, and I believe it was a fabulous success! Vendor participation was excellent, the public turnout was exceptional, and proceeds went to two very worthy causes. I was very impressed with both the organization and execution of this event, and am pleased to have been included.”
New this year was a contest offered by a loyal local resident who personally purchased and donated six tickets to raffle off in three pairs. Congratulations to our winners Patrick Oberley, Barbara Herring and Edith Armington.