The Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Taste of Town and reverse raffle event Thursday Feb. 26.
It’s called Chamber-Palooza.
The public will get a chance to taste the food from a variety of restaurants in Garner and Raleigh. And the winner of the raffle will win $10,000. There will also be a silent and live auction where people can bid on items.
“It’s a fundraiser and a good way for connecting with other people,” said Neal Padgett, Garner Chamber of Commerce President.
The majority of the money goes into reserves for the building, Padgett said.
The event is more than 20 years old. Padgett said it started out as a reverse raffle only. But six years ago chamber members brainstormed ways to make the event bigger and more exciting.
“Back then people would buy tickets and not attend the event,” Padgett said. “And say if I win call me.”
So they added “Taste of the Town,” and allowed chamber members that owned restaurants to bring their food to the venue so the public could taste it.
“We hope it can give people a chance to taste restaurants they’ve never tasted before,” Padgett said.
Judy Andrews said the event is one of her favorites. She said she and her husband Bruce Andrews have attended each year since the chamber added Taste of the Town.
When asked which part she’s looking most forward to, she said “the good food. And hopefully to win $10,000.”
“It’s a lot of fun and you get to taste new products,” Andrews said. “It’s just so much offered there.”
The restaurants participating this year are:
• Backyard Bistro
• Menchies of Garner
• Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music
• Logan’s Roadhouse
• Aversboro Restaurant & Sports Bar
• Unforgettable Food Affairs
• Aversboro Coffee
• Locked & Loaded
The auction will sell 100 items. Padget said the event has grown each year and continued to be successful since they implemented the Taste of the Town. During the raffle, tickets will be placed in a bottle. The bottles will be put inside a barrel. Someone will pick the bottles out of the barrel. The last bottle picked is the winner. Padgett said when it gets down to the last few people it turns into a reality show.
“Last year three people stopped and wanted to split it three ways,” he said.
This event is the biggest the chamber host every year.