The first-ever Taste of Highland County is just a week away, and food vendors, crafters, entertainers and others are quickly lining up to be part of the much-anticipated event.
The ‘Taste” is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, showcasing local restaurants, chefs, bakers, caterers and other food providers, along with crafters and other unique local talents that exist in Highland County. It’s presented jointly by the City of Hillsboro, the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association (HUBA) and the Highland County Visitors Bureau. Other sponsors include Merchants National Bank, NCB and The Times-Gazette.
HUBA member Sharon Hughes, media sales director at The Times-Gazette, is organizing the event, and she said Friday that the participant list has grown to the point that Gov. Trimble Place will be brimming.
Food participants include Brown’s Bakery, All Seasons Catering, Ponderosa, Cowaburger, Alley 21, What Up Dawg weiner wagon, Catch 22, Twenty-Four Exchange, the Eagles and Walmart, with more signing up daily.
Crafts will be presented by Gary and Rhonda Hollon Crafts, Justin and Andi Reno of Hometown Woodwerks, Dana Howland of Rustic Willow Primitives, Connie Williams and Alberta Duncan.
Entertainment will feature local talent along with singer and songwriter Craig Allen and magician Pennington the Wizard. Entertainment will be presented throughout the day. Jump Start Music is providing lights and sound.
“I think a lot of people have wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said Hughes. “It’s a chance to have a fun, outdoor event uptown during the fall season, socialize with our neighbors, and enjoy some of the outstanding food that’s available right here in Highland County.”
Hughes noted that while it’s still early, the weather forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures in the mid-60s during the day.
Participating vendors will be set up in booths lining Gov. Trimble Place. “Bring your lawn chairs and come up for a day of fun, socializing and great food,” said Hughes.
To participate as a vendor, or for more information, contact Hughes at 937-393-3456. More information can also be found on the Taste of Highland County’s Facebook page.