Red Cross sets annual taste of county event

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Covington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is hoping to raise some $20,000 with its annual “Taste of Covington County” event.

Chapter Executive Director Don Johnson said Monday this year’s event is “all about the food” and will be held on April 29.

“We’re focusing our efforts on the food,” Johnson said. “That’s what the event began as, and we’re making sure the event is all about the food. At the same time, we hope to raise $20,000 for our chapter’s local operations and disaster operations.”

The event works by allowing ticket holders to sample some of the county’s best food. Tickets are $15 each and are available through the chapter office on Hillcrest Drive, any board members and at the Andalusia Winn Dixie.

And as usual, vendors are needed to make the event a success, Johnson said.

“We want every restaurant, caterer, food wholesaler to the public– anything that has to do with food involved in this year’s event,” Johnson said. “We have some great new restaurants in the area, and we have some really exceptional caterers and bakers. We want them to get involved with this year’s event.

“What better place and time to promote your business than with a captive audience with the appetite ready to sample?” he said.

There is no cost for restaurants or other food vendors to participate – and in fact, they receive a donation receipt that can be used for tax purposes.

“The food vendors donate the food to sample, and in return, we issue them a tax-receipt so they can receive credit for their expenses,” Johnson said. “It’s a win-win for them. They get to promote their business and receive the credit for donating to a charity.”

Doors to the Kiwanis Center will open at 6 p.m.