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Taste fest biggest in history

August 13, 2000

Taste fest biggest in history



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

photo: RYAN ANSON / staff photographer

Taste of the TownAn annual evening feast brought out a Sunday crowd of nearly 600 people eager to sample just about everything thing in the offering.

About 570 people were on hand for the sold-out 16th annual Taste of the Town at the Ramada Inn Convention Center off the Dual Highway in Hagerstown, according to event organizers.

People formed lines around the room and moved from vendor to vendor, loading up on all types of food including barbecues, Italian and Mexican cuisine, pizza and seafood.

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The dinner, followed by an auction, was held to benefit Hospice of Washington County in Hagerstown.

Some of the 50 or so auction items included arts and crafts, paintings, afghans, speakers, a police scanner and a telephone.

Hospice offers care and support to terminally ill people and their families.

Vendors included Twilight Ristorante, Eat Heavenly Catering, Pizza Hut, Martin's Catering, Heather B's Pub and Fine Dining, Kerch's BBQ and Ground Round. About 20 vendors were on hand overall.

Amid the clanking of silverware and the low buzz of chatter, the aroma from dinner lingered throughout the Grand Ballroom and front lobby of the Convention Center. "It's marvelous," Peggy Wolf of Hagerstown said. "It smells wonderful. I can't wait to eat."

Teri Farrer, finance assistant at Hospice, said the event is getting bigger every year.

"It's been pretty big, but this is the best year," Farrer said. "This is the largest year."

Farrer, who has been involved with Taste of the Town for five years, said some people had to be turned away.

"We had people calling in on Friday, and we had to turn them away," she said.

Margie Ludwig of Hagerstown was one of those who were able to get a seat for the event.

"I heard about this in the past, and it sounded like a good idea," Ludwig said. "The food is great. I'm having a great time. I really enjoy the barbecues."

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