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Taste of Town caps WaynesboroFest

Event featured food and drink from 14 local restaurants, caterers, chefs and food businesses

July 08, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Margie Rouzer, right ,enjoys food from The Kitchen Shoppe Sunday night during the Taste of The Town at the Waynesboro Country Club. Serving food, from left, are Stacy Hade, Robin Flegel, and Terry Flegel.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Taste of the Town was a satisfying way for many people to end the 2012 version of WaynesboroFest with an array of appetizer-sized goodies to please even the finicky epicurean.

Food and drink from 14 local restaurants, caterers, chefs and food businesses lined table after table at the Waynesboro Country Club to tempt those in attendance Sunday.

The food-focused event rounded out the 10-day WaynesboroFest, which celebrates the community’s heritage and history.

WaynesboroFest committee member Allie Kohler said most of the food vendors were from Waynesboro or had ties to Waynesboro.

He was thrilled by the turnout at WaynesboroFest and Sunday’s event.

About 220 people attended Taste of the Town, he said.

One-ounce portions are perfect for such an event, Kohler said.

Connie Suffecool of Waynesboro carefully juggled a plate filled with appetizers while keeping a cup of soup from spilling in the other hand.

“It’s cold watermelon soup,” she said.

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She received a few pointers about the soup’s ingredients from Keystone Kitchen chef Dave Munson.

She was also hooked on his coconut shrimp.

“You do want to taste a bit of everything and if you are culinary, you want to talk to the chef,” she said.

The tantalizing cuisine wasn’t the only reason Suffecool came to the event.

“It’s a nice idea to support the borough, and it’s nice to give support to the businesses that are starting up,” she said.

One of those start-up businesses is Have a Little Faith Delights.

Owner Lisa McCoy is looking for the perfect downtown Waynesboro property for her cupcake business and hopes to open later this year.

“We set up here for exposure. We want to get them excited about our company coming to town,” McCoy said.

She hopes customers will gobble up her unique cookies and crème, orange soda delight and piña colada cupcakes quicker than she can make them.

For Kay Yaukey of Mont Alto, Pa., the portion size was perfect.

“I like to buy appetizers and not a whole meal (when I go out to eat), so this is just giving me a wonderful sample,” Yaukey said. “I think it’s a good sales tactic because you get the flavor of so many different things.”

Her favorites were the desserts, as well as the spicy tuna sandwich from the Waynesburger restaurant at the corner of West Main and Potomac streets.

It was her first time at Taste of the Town, but it won’t be her last.

The $25 ticket price was reasonable, she said.

“I go out to eat and spend $25, and I’d be happier doing this,” Yaukey said.

Live music was provided by Cumberland Valley School of Music.

Spread among the food vendors were paintings, sketches and other artwork from Waynesboro Studio Art Club members, accompanied by fresh flowers prepared by the Blue Ridge Garden Club and Toll Gate Garden Club.

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