The event offers samplings of wine from M&R Liquors and Lost Acres Vineyard, Back East Brewery craft beers, Hickory Ledges Full Moonshine, premium spirits brands Patron tequila and Tanduay Asian Rum, and culinary creations from some of the area’s best restaurants. Music for listening and dancing will be performed by The Colbys, a husband and wife duo who live in Avon.
The ticket price is $50 per person or $75 per person for a VIP ticket, which entitles the holder to attend a separate 6 to 7:30 p.m. tasting featuring upscale fine wines from M&R Liquors, appetizers, and the music of Christopher Ladd, a visiting professor at The Hartt School-University of Hartford and director of The Hartt School Guitar Festival.
Participating food vendors include Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar, DISH ‘n Dat, Evergreen’s Restaurant, Flatbread, La Trattoria Classic Italian, Seasons Restaurant, ShopRite of Canton, The Meat House, and Tower Ridge Country Club. Sweets will be provided by Canton Creamery, J Foster's ice cream, TCBY Avon Marketplace, and Tastes by Spellbound.
In addition to ticket sales, funds are raised through a silent auction that is part of the event. A wide variety of items from local, regional and national companies will be presented for bid.
The club also encourages Tastes-of-the-Valley sponsorships that are available in four levels and include sponsor signage at the event, inclusion in promotional materials, listing on the club’s website, and filming for a video to be shown at the event.
Several sponsors have stepped up in support of the event. Tastes-of-the-Valley 2014 sponsors include: Platinum Sponsor, Miller Foods, Inc., home of Oma’s Pride; Gold Sponsor, ShopRite of Canton; Silver Sponsors: Avon Chiropractic, Bearingstar Insurance, Collinsville Savings Society, E.N.E Realty Associates, Craig Buhrendorf/Raymond James Financial Services; Table Sponsors: Edward Jones/Peter Vignati; Ink 13; Lori Riiska, CPA; Mitchell Auto Group; Norcom Mortgage; RE/MAX/Lisa Barall-Matt & Associates; Rollie Sterrett, CLU/Insurance Strategies; Simsbury Bank; The Zoo Health Club; Visionary Private Wealth Management Group.
All fundraising profits go toward charities supported by the club. For tickets and information call Craig Buhrendorf at 860-676-1261 or order online through PayPal at www.RotaryClubofAvon-Canton.org.