The ballrooms of the Ramada Inn will be transformed with autumnal décor for the Taste of the Abingtons on Sept. 24. The Rotary Club is proud to present our community with this elegant and delicious fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. on the last Sunday in September.
This annual event, our 13th, attracts about 30 vendors, who will give away delectable food bites to ticket buyers. Some tasters have been surprised when grocery stores, like Weis Market and Gerrity’s have booths to show off interesting tastes prepared in their stores. We think of food preparation coming from restaurants, but today’s grocery stores have changed that concept.
Some of our newest restaurants will be first time vendors at the Taste. Constantino’s Catering’s home base is at the former Patsel’s, now a spot for special events. You may have watched as Alter House has begun building on Rts. 6 and 11. They will be at the Taste. The Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar from Montage Mountain will offer farm to table bites.
Nina’s, Abbiocco, Mannings Dairy Farm, Sunrise Café and more of your favorite eating spots will offer their best to the public.
Besides the fantastic food offerings, we will also promote our local wine distributors and breweries with sips. Perhaps you always wanted to have a puff on a good cigar, now you can at the Taste of the Abingtons. The many areas at the Ramada offer places where the smoke will not interfere. Music of all kinds will be heard throughout the event. Little tables and chairs will be set up here and there for friends to gather and enjoy the food, drink and each other.
Many loyal businesses know of the value of a Rotary event and do not have food or drink to offer, but they have contributed gift certificates and attractive items for baskets for our raffle and auction at the Taste.
Tickets have been reduced in price to $25, and can be purchased in advance from any Rotarian or you can reserve online with Eventbrite a bit.ly/2xa3ng0. Our chairman, Ryan Campbell, has given his phone number for reservations: 570-351-4606 – just leave your message on how many tickets you would like. If you decide to come to the event at the last minute, tickets will be available at the door.
The event is a fundraiser, so what will Rotary do with the money raised? As always, we are committed to the End Polio campaign, but this year Hurricane Harvey left so many people in Texas with no home, no car, no clothes, and no flood insurance to help them. Strategy calls have been placed and planned responses have begun with Rotary clubs in Texas and Louisiana to develop a cohesive response.
Our Rotary network is well established and donated dollars will be placed where needed most.
At the Taste of the Abingtons you can enjoy and sample foods you would not get at home. You can sip a new wine or beer and even smoke a cigar. Best of all you can meet your neighbors and friends while you are helping others.
What could be better to do on the last September Sunday?