The fifth annual Taste of Wilson County will be Oct. 17 on the Lebanon square, sponsored by Old Hickory Credit Union and University Medical Center.
In its fifth successful year, the taste proceeds continue to support the education programs of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
This event began with an idea from John McDearman and Dean Adams as a way to highlight our local restaurants, caterers and businesses and to raise funds for the chamber education programs. PFG and Wilson Bank and Trust held this event for the past four years and made the decision this year to give the taste to the chamber.
Thanks to these organizations for a great idea and a great benefit to the education programs.
The past four years have been successful because of sponsorships and all the great volunteers that worked before, during and after the event.
Dollars raised from the event provide grants for Wilson County teachers, scholarships for graduating Wilson County seniors, Tennessee Scholars graduates and Wilson County Books from Birth. In the past four years, this event has raised more than $50,000 to benefit Wilson County Education.
VIP tables are available for $250, and this includes seating for a table of 10, a VIP parking pass and an opportunity to promote your business on your table.
About 20 restaurants, caterers and 25 Market Place vendors have committed to date. Retail merchants on the Lebanon square will be open for your shopping pleasure. A children’s zone will be added this year with inflatables, the fire ladder truck, face painting and free balloons.
Back by popular demand is the grill-off by the celebrity chefs of Wilson County. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, Lebanon Councilor Rob Cesternino, Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin and 2012 Chamber Board Chair Chris Crowell will vie for the title.
Tickets for the event are $20 for adults in advance and $20 on the night of event; $5 for children 6-12; and children 5 and under are free.
An added addition this year is the showing of “Bettlejuice” at the new Captiol Theatre presented by Wilson Bank and Trust. Tickets for the movie are $10, and they may be purchased in advance or the night of the event.
A special thanks to our 2013 event sponsors Old Hickory Credit Union and University Medical Center. Without these major sponsors, the Taste of Wilson County would not be a success and money raised would not benefit the Chamber Education programs.
Mark your calendar for Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m. for the fifth annual Taste of Wilson County to benefit Wilson County education.
Sue Vanatta is the president of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.