Charity fest offers taste of Waynedale and beyond

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FILE PHOTO BY GARTH SNOW

Narcissie White, left, and Geneva Winborn enjoy samples at the eighth annual Taste of Waynedale.

Hundreds are expected to sample food and support charities through the ninth annual Kingston’s Taste of Waynedale, 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

Food again will be served at Mount Calvary Family Life Center, 1819 Reservation Road, east off Bluffton Road, in Waynedale. Honor Flight Northeast Indiana and the Waynedale Corridor Project will share proceeds from the fundraiser.

Tickets are $15 per person if paid in advance, $20 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at Kingston Residence, 7515 Winchester Road, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m Monday through Friday, using check or cash. To buy tickets with credit card, visit kingstonstow.eventbrite.com. Tickets also can also be bought at Hair Affair, 6200 Bluffton Road.

To date, 24 local restaurants and businesses have committed to participating and will offer samples of a variety of food or drink. The list of participating restaurants may grow, but those who registered early are Azar’s Big Boy, Bandido’s, Belmont Beverage, Bluebird Restaurant, China Palace, Chocolate Fountain, Culver’s, Curly’s Village Inn, Dairy Queen, Ellison Bakery, GFS, Hall’s Original Drive In, Krystals Café (at Post 241), LaFogata, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Miami Grill, My Grannies Table, Nine Mile Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Sharing Peace Café, Shigs In Pit, The Stand, Waynedale Bakery and Waynewood Inn.

A silent auction will offer gifts and services donated by local businesses. GMI Insurance will raffle off a new bicycle in honor of the Bluffton Road sidewalks and trails coming in 2017. Tickets for the bike are $1 per entry and proceeds will go to the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalks Initiative.

“To date we have raised $66,000 for various local charities through this event,” said Kingston marketing director Camille Garrison. “It has been our privilege to coordinate the Taste of Waynedale and watch it grow through the years. This year promises to be another amazing success for Waynedale.”

More than 700 people turned out for the 2016 Kingston’s Taste of Waynedale, raising about $4,000 for each for two charities.