The RiverPark Center’s Taste of Owensboro is returning on Sept. 30. This event is the largest fundraiser for the center and has been held for over 20 years to give the community a way to sample local eateries and wineries.
With more than 30 area restaurants and regional wineries offering samples, many attendees have told Faith Holley, director of development and marketing at RiverPark Center, that they would not miss this yearly event.
Brooklyn Maple, brand director for Kentucky Legend said that they are thrilled to be part of Taste of Owensboro once again.
“It has been a wonderful partnership over the past few years and we are thankful for the opportunity to highlight some of our mouthwatering products and recipes,” she said. “The RiverPark Center does a phenomenal job with this event and we are honored to be next to some of the region’s best restaurants and wineries.”
The event also features music by Diane Earle and new this year, Charlene Bray & the Second Edition will be entertaining guests in Cannon Hall.
Holley said that many of the restaurants that participate each year do it to give back to the community. Often, she said, the event serves as a reminder to guests to try different eateries in Owensboro and also introduces culinary delights to a new audience.
“People can try something they have never been brave enough to try at Taste,” Holley said.
The event will also feature a silent auction with local businesses providing baskets and gift certificates. Holley said they hope to raise $25,000 this year through ticket sales, sponsorship and their silent auction.
The event usually has around 700 – 800 attendees.
“We fill the building,” Holley said. “We are strategic in planning and think about how to make it flow.”
The proceeds from the event help RiverPark Center with general operating costs, including nearly $500,000 in expenses related to keeping the building open.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door for the Sept. 30 event. Dress is casual.