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Rotary Club Taste of the Town (Posted On: Monday, May 10, 2010)

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The Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay has kicked off ticket sales for its major annual fundraiser A Taste of the Town with the announcement that in addition to the return of such perennial favourites as Tesoro, Oliver and Bonacini and the Siamese Gecko, Creemore’s Bank Café, Maxwell’s the Silver Springs Culinary Retreat and Collingwood’s own Bacchus House B&B have been added to this stellar line-up.

Also participating in what many consider to be the area’s premier social event of the year is the Heavenly Sweets chocolatery from Thornbury.

“Variety is the spice of this year’s event,” observes Rotary event chair Lorne Kenney. “I don’t think we’ve ever had such a diversity of restaurants or other food and beverage purveyors as we have this year.” The 8th annual A Taste of the Town takes place on Sunday, June 13, running from noon to 4 p.m.

Because of this year’s powerhouse line-up of restaurants, coupled with the spectacular waterfront setting for the event at Sunset Point in Collingwood, and what has so far been an unseasonably warm spring, Kenney predicts ticket sales for this event will be brisk. “Our waterfront location does have space limitations, both for safety and to ensure the right ambiance for our patrons, so we do have a limited number of tickets available.”
A Taste of the Town has evolved into a bone fide regional event with representation from Collingwood, Thornbury, Craigleith, Creemore and Maxwell. And in many respects, the event is a regional fundraiser as well, with thousands of dollars contributed by the Rotary Club of Collingwood each year to such local causes as Big Brothers and Sisters, the Salvation Army food bank and both the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.  “Sometimes what gets lost in all of the fanfare surrounding A Taste of the Town is the fact that in addition to the great time you will have by purchasing a ticket, you’re also helping us to help some essential regional services,” observes Kenny.

Stars Line-Up

Rotarian Lisa Farano, whose principal task is to line-up the restaurants A Taste of the Town says she’s excited about the new additions to the event. “Silver Springs is a corporate retreat that is run by the former general manager of Oliver and Bonacini and they’re getting rave reviews from both the media and the general public,” says Farano. “And Bank Café is the favourite place to eat for the residents of Creemore and definitely worth the drive if you live in neighborhood communities such as Collingwood. As for the Bacchus House B&B, I know the owner is good friends with the owner of Brunello at 27 on Fourth, which of course is another great restaurant. So I expect their food will be excellent.”

Although a final list of restaurants, along with some ‘sneak peaks’ of food to be featured at this year’s A Taste of the Town will be announced at a later date, this year’s line-up already includes: Oliver and Bonacini Café, the Stuffed Peasant, Tesoro Restaurant, Trattoria Azzurra, Café Chartreuse, the Siamese Gecko, Tholos, Firehall Pizza, Brunello at 27 on Fourth, the Beild House Inn, Memories Restaurant, Bridges Tavern, Bank Café, the Craigleith General Store, Silver Springs Culinary Retreat, Bacchus House B&B and Heavenly Sweets. As in previous years, Tim Horton’s will be providing coffee and Investor’s Group is the Lead Sponsor. 

Getting A Taste

Tickets for the great fundraising event, which covers all food and beverages, are now available for $95 or $5 less than last year and can be purchased from members of the Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay, by calling the event hotline – 705-444-4307 or by going to Stuart Ellis Pharmacy, Ed Christie’s Menswear, the Graphic Wearhouse or Gaviller and Company – all on Hurontario St. in downtown Collingwood. And new for this year – purchasers will receive a $60 tax credit, due to the fact that the Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay is now a registered charity.
For additional information on A Taste of the Town, go to the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay web site and click on ‘current events’ or call the hotline at 705-444-4307.

About A Taste of the Town

Launched in 2003 as a trial fundraising initiative by the Rotary Club of Collingwood-South Georgian Bay and with a first year turnout of just over 100 people, A Taste of the Town has not only become one of the area’s premium cultural events… it has also helped to raised well over $100,000 to date in support of needy causes.


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