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Sep 23, 2019








Woodchuck Hard Cider at last year’s Taste of the Town. Photo by Marcia Dolgin Fine Images.

Taste of the Town

When: Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., VIP at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Castleton Banquet & Conference Center, 92 Indian Rock Road, Windham
Cost: $40 chamber members, $45 non-members, $75 VIP. Register at or by calling 432-8205.

Food, wine and spirits
Tasting event highlights multiple towns

By Allie Ginwala

For the third year, local restaurants, catering companies, breweries, wineries and distilleries have the chance to highlight what they do best at the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the Town on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. 

“It got started a few years ago as a way to showcase all of the wealth of culinary activity we have in the Derry Londonderry region,” Will Stewart, president of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said in a phone interview. “And also to allow residents and people around the region to be able to taste those under one roof on one night.”
As the main representative of the business community in the area, the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s membership includes a number of the participating restaurants and food and drink vendors. 
“When an area’s culinary scene prospers, it shows that things are going well for everybody else too,” Stewart said, noting that the health of a region’s restaurants is indicative of the health of the general economic community. 
“When people are eating [out] it’s a good sign I think, and we want to promote that,” he said. “Plus we like to eat too, and it’s delicious.”
Over 40 food and drink vendors will display their wares during Taste of the Town, which is set up as an expo-style event. Rows of booths will be arranged in the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center with high-top tables scattered about for people to go from table to table and enjoy the samples. 
“We want it to be a good networking event and give people a chance to talk and connect and make those business connections while also enjoying good food and beverage,” Stewart said. 
Guests at Taste of the Town will enjoy a selection of cuisines from Greek and Mexican food to ice cream and seafood. Participating vendors include Amphora Restaurant in Derry, Clam Haven in Derry, Culinary Capers Catering in Windham, Talia’s Breakfast & Eatery in Londonderry, Klemms Bakery in Windham, Prosciutto’s Pizza in Londonderry and Windham Junction Country Store & Kitchen.
“What we encourage them to do is to bring something that kind of shows off their specialty and … we want everything to be in bite-sized quantities so people have a chance to taste a lot of little things,” Stewart said. “Everyone will go home full, that’s guaranteed.”
Those pouring samples at the event include The Grind Rail Trail Cafe in Derry, 603 Brewery in Londonderry, The Wine Steward in Hampstead, Horizon Beverage Company, Bellavance Beverage, Southern Wine & Spirits and more.
With around 400 people in attendance at last year’s event from the chamber’s coverage area of Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Hampstead, Atkinson, Chester and Auburn, Stewart said the vendors bringing samples are excited for the chance to reach potential new patrons. 
“It’s a great opportunity for them to be seen and be noticed and serve people who might not have otherwise come through their doors,” he said. “They see the value of participating as a way to get in front of new people.”
Proceeds for Taste of the Town will benefit the Kyle B. Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a student graduating from an area high school $1,000 to use toward higher education. General admission to the event costs $45. VIP admission, which includes early entrance, a designated separate area and premium food, wine, beer and “swag bag,” costs $75. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone.  
As seen in the April 23, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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