Approximately 500 patrons were in attendance at the annual Taste of Baldwinsville event, on Saturday, Oct. 19. Located this year at CNY Family Sports Centre, many were enjoying some of the area’s best food offerings and at the same time, supporting the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center. From savory to sweet, 15 different restaurants and local food artisans brought delicious treats for guests to sample and compete for Baldwinsville’s favorite. In addition to the food and drink, the party atmosphere was amplified by music from Rock-A-Rolla DJ Service and free face painting by Kim’s Fabulous Faces.
This is the 14th year of the Taste of Baldwinsville and the 15th year of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center. The proceeds from tickets sales and silent auction bids supply the majority of needed fiscal support to ensure the center’s operating expenses are covered for the following year.
Baldwinsville Volunteer Center executive director, Nancy Conley said, “We offer many services to the Baldwinsville community. We award scholarships, run the Christmas Bureau, offer a mentoring program to Baker High School students and, help stock food pantries. It takes a lot of effort to make sure we can keep everything going and the funds we raise from this event truly help in making what we do possible.”
Every part of what it took to make the Taste of Baldwinsville possible came from donations. The food, the location, the DJ, face painting, silent auction items, and all printed materials, were given to support the event. All committee members were volunteers, sharing their time, expertise and skills to make sure the Taste of Baldwinsville was a fun and successful event, enjoyed by all who attended. Final totals of proceeds from ticket sales and silent are still to be calculated.
“It has been a ton of work but, it’s worth it. Everyone is having a good time and the money we raised goes directly to support our community,” said Andrea Gagas, committee chairperson.
Many of the food vendors brought new offerings to preview that will soon become additions to winter menus such as; Sammy Malone’s and Radisson Ale House. Others brought proven favorites to please the crowd, like Pizza Man and Big Mama’s Country Kitchen. Some participants, like Deborah’s Sweet Treats, JessShar Cookies and, Groovy Granola were excited about the opportunity the event provided to introduce themselves to a larger segment of Baldwinsville community.