Plans are underway for the 11th annual A Taste of Western Lancaster County celebration, to be held on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. The event will run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the 21-and-older event will benefit the library and the service projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club.
Throughout all three levels of the library, attendees may sample appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, side dishes, snacks, desserts, and beverages from local restaurants, vendors, and purveyors serving the greater Elizabethtown area. Organizers Meghan Phillips and Aimee Nelson noted that several participating restaurateurs use the event to test out new recipes and food and beverage combinations that they may be considering adding to their menus or selection - giving attendees an exclusive sneak peek at what may be to come.
Nelson said that this year's event will feature some new vendors that organizers are excited about. However, plenty of fan favorites will be returning as well. "(A Taste of Western Lancaster County) has become such a tradition that we work to keep the elements that people look for - like having the giant Turkey Hill cow parked in front of the building," shared Phillips.
As attendees make their way through the library, they can vote for winners in various categories, such as Best in Show, Best Dessert, and Best Appetizer. "Our vendors really stretch themselves to do new things," remarked Phillips.
Live music will be performed by local bands on two levels of the library. "People really enjoy staying and mingling and talking," said Nelson. "I'm always amazed by how quickly the evening goes." A Taste of Western Lancaster County has been coined "the Elizabethtown Reunion" by many of those who attend year after year. "It gives you the opportunity to see and connect with people from the community, plus you kind of get to put faces to the food from restaurants you go to," Phillips said. "And you get to support two great community organizations."
Tickets may be purchased at the Elizabethtown Coffee Company, located in the library; from a Rotarian; or by visiting http://www.eventbrite.com and searching for "2019 Taste of Western Lancaster County." Tickets are limited, and organizers encourage people to purchase early, as tickets to last year's event sold out well in advance. To inquire about vendor and sponsorship opportunities at A Taste of Western Lancaster County, interested individuals may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 717-367-7467.