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Event aims to showcase local eateries

By Katie Demeria

The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance wants residents to get a taste of what Warren County is all about.

The alliance will host a Taste of the Town event on Sept. 19 with a portion of the proceeds going to the C-CAP food bank in Front Royal, according to Craig Laird, head of the alliance's steering committee.

"Taste of the Town is an event that hasn't happened in Warren County for a number of years where we bring together local eateries and showcase their food for the community," Laird said.

The event fell out of use, Laird explained, but the alliance believed it would be a great opportunity for local businesses and eateries, so they brought it back.

The goal of Taste of the Town matches the purpose of the alliance, he added, as it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local and independent businesses in Warren County.

"We give a voice to them, to kind of lift them up above the noise that you get from big box stores and other places that have lots of money to advertise," Laird said. "We believe that, with strength in numbers, we can accomplish this."

Taste of the Town will allow residents to explore exactly what local businesses have to offer, according to Laird.

"We promote a sense of community through buying, shopping, growing and eating local, and we want to help shift that culture in spending, showing people that if they spend their money locally they will improve the local economy," Laird said.

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 on Main Street, between Church and Chester streets, according to Laird.

The various eateries will set up at their own tables and attendees can use the coupons they received with their $10 admission fee to purchase food from the businesses, he explained.

Each dish will cost a certain number of coupons.

"And you can purchase additional coupons if you're hungrier," Laird added.

Live entertainment will also be provided, as well as tables reserved for nonprofit organizations.

"It's a community-serving, family friendly event that is just meant to show off what Warren County has to offer," Laird said.

No franchises allowed, he added.

And by giving part of the proceeds to C-CAP, Laird said the business alliance is hoping to continue giving back to the community through the event.

"C-CAP is a wonderful food bank," he said. "We have such a need in this community, and the volunteers there work really, really hard to provide for the needy in the community."

Still in its early stages, it is unclear as of now what local businesses will participate, though it seems likely that both Joe's Steakhouse and Naughty Girls Donut Shop will have tables there, Laird said.

"Support your local community because if you don't, those unique, independent businesses won't be around, and that would really hurt the area," Laird said.

To learn more about the alliance go to www.frontroyaliba.org or email info@frontroyaliba.org.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com

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