Taste of Osceola features variety of culinary offerings

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Sweet and savory treats from the county's four corners will be featured and tasted during the annual Taste of Osceola event.

This year, attendees can sample food from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the community building at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds. This is the fifth year the event has been presented by members of the Osceola Leadership Summit to raise money for the Osceola County Commission on Aging's Senior Meals Program as well as scholarships for the OLS.

"It's cool we're raising money for good causes," said Al Weinberg, President and CEO of Frontline Specialists, which hosts the summit. "At the end of the day, that's what this is all about. This event shows people support the commission on aging's meals program — from the attendees to the vendors."

For a low cost, adults and children can taste food from a variety of local restaurants, catering companies and eateries. This year, about a dozen businesses including Evart's BC Pizza, Marion's Ronnie's Lunch Box and the Kettunen Center in Tustin will offer a selection of their best dishes. New eateries this year include The Gathering Place and Traveler's Bar, Weinberg said.

Scott Schryer, COA executive director, is thankful for the community's support and enjoys attending each year.

"I love this event. This is such a fun fundraiser," Schryer said. "It's two weeks worth of food for our nutrition program, so it's huge. I think last year we made about $2,600."

He said the seniors who utilize the COA also enjoy sampling food at the event and continue to visit the businesses who participate months after.

As a new attraction this year, each attendee will receive a "passport," featuring all Taste of Osceola vendors. Those who take their passports with them to one of the businesses in the near future will receive a special deal.

"It's a great community gathering and there's always something new," Weinberg said. "It's a chance to explore different restaurants and catering companies from all four corners of the county. It brings awareness to local businesses and what they offer. Nothing beats the experience of tasting what the eatery has to offer before you go there for a meal."