Local establishments are being asked to take a bite out of the Taste of the Kootenays.
The Rossland Chanber of Commerce is looking for local restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, bakeries and retailers of food in the city to join in the centre piece of the local hospitality industry and showcase their culinary creations.
Held on Saturday, May 25 (5-9 p.m.) at the Prestige Mountain Resort, the Taste of the Kootenays is a virtual buffet of the best in locally made food and drink from the Golden City and across the region.
Staged in the Ross Thompson Ballroom and Kirkup Room at the Prestige, vendors set up tables and sell food (tapas, amuse-bouche, small bites) to guests who purchase tokens (for $2 each). Seventy per cent of each token is paid back to vendors following the event.
Vendors charge an amount equalling the piece of food they are sampling, but it’s up to them to decide what to bring, to sell and sample.
“The purpose of these small bites are to allow guest to move through the room and patio and sample as many foods and beverages as possible,” said Rossland chamber executive director Renee Clark. “There will be some limited seating available, but we want people to walk, mingle, sample and taste.”
The event will have some live music and there will be some door prizes, as well as some of the region’s favourite wines and beer.
The goal for those attending will be to see what they may be missing from the culinary scene, while the goal for vendors is as a marketing tool, to showcase new menu items, feature winter menus, new products or to showcase their chef’s talents.
Rossland businesses participating in the event must be members of The Rossland Chamber of Commerce. Memberships will be prorated until the end of the year.
Menus must be planned in advance and submitted to the chamber of commerce by May 17 to ensure menus can be printed and there are no repetitive items at the event.
The $50 registration fee includes the table, power, water, some ice on site, limited refrigeration, unloading and set up volunteers, as well as on site volunteers to help at the table through event.
Those interested in joining in can email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (250-362-5399) or call (250-362-5666) Renee Clark at the Rossland Chamber to register a table at by May 17.
A Tasters Choice award will be voted on by the public, with the winner receiving a gold chamber membership for 2012 ($195 value).
Tickets will be available at the door at $7 for adults and $2 for children (six to 18 years old). Food tickets are an additional cost.