Want an opportunity to sample cuisine from more than 30 Statesboro food vendors and benefit the community, all taking place in one evening and one location?
Then the United Way hopes you’ll come out and support its 9th annual Tasting Statesboro fundraising event.
Tasting Statesboro is set for Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ogeechee Technical College Natural Resource Center on Joseph E. Kennedy Boulevard.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
“It’s a win-win event,” said Carey Melton, executive director for the United Way of Southeast Georgia. “Partnering with these food vendors is a great fundraiser for us. The food vendors love it because of the visibility that it offers to folks in the community that might not be aware of their presence. And attendees have the unique opportunity to try a place they might not otherwise have.”
Melton pointed out that one participating restaurant, Bull & Barrel, hasn’t even opened to the public just yet.
Last year’s event raised more than $20,000.
“Our community’s problems are too large and complex for any one individual or organization to solve alone,” Melton said. “But united, we can make a difference for today and for generations.
“United Way of Southeast Georgia raises funds and brings organizations together to tackle conditions such as hunger, school readiness, poverty, domestic violence and the challenges our seniors face. These are some of the issues that have the greatest impact on our community’s social well-being and economic health.”
Local agencies that benefit directly from United Way funds include: Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS), American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts-Coastal Empire Council, Bulloch Alcohol and Drug Council, Bulloch Med Connection, Child Advocacy Services SEGA, Inc., Concerted Services, Family Literacy Initiative, Ferst Foundation of Bulloch County, Food Bank, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, GSU Senior Companion Program, Hearts and Hands Clinic, Homebound Services, Parent to Parent, Prevent Child Abuse, Safe Haven and Statesboro Library Youth and Family Reading Program.
Participating vendors include Big Boy Cookies, Cake Bakery, Cool Beanz Espresso, Moe’s Southewest Grill, Nonna Picci, Shane’s Rib Shack, Bulloch BBQ, Wild Wing Café, Shuckin’ Shack, Ibis Catering, Uncle Shug’s Chicken Barn, Uncle Shug’s BBQ, Scratch Made Catering, Coco-Cola, Orchid, Chicken Salad Chick, Deacon Blues BBQ, Pita Pit, Cotton Patch Bakery, Papa Bucks, Mellow Mushroom, Krispy Kreme, Georgia Crown, Hunter Cattle, Chick Fil A, Your Pie, Eagle Creek Brewing Company, Sugar Magnolia Bakery, Bull & Barrel, Soyumi, Longhorn and Uncle Shug’s on Main.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit TastingStatesboro.com. Other ticket locations include 180 Fitness, Bulloch First, Citizens Bank of the South-Statesboro, Statesboro Farmers Market, The Heritage Bank on Fair Road, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, Renasant Bank (Main Street and Northside Drive locations), GS Bank Group, Synovus (Main Street, Fair Road and Lovett Street locations) and Your Pie.