Community takes a bite at the an­nual Taste of New­ton

The Covington News - - Business - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Al­most 300 peo­ple sam­pled some of Cov­ing­ton and New­ton’s restau­rants at the Taste of New­ton event hosted by the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce Thurs­day night.

At­ten­dees walked around and vis­ited 38 ven­dors who cir­cled a room on the third floor of the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, while they lis­tened to live mu­sic from lo­cal gui­tarist Brian David.

Restau­rants of­fered sam­ples of their menu items and other busi­nesses gave away prizes at their booths as peo­ple lined up to get a taste of what the community had to of­fer.

Lisa Baker, event or­ga­nizer and the Cham­ber’s Mem­ber­ship Di­rec­tor, said the event is the cham­ber’s big fundraiser for the year to help raise money to help bet­ter the busi­ness community with sem­i­nars, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and other events.

Baker said this was the sec­ond year the cham­ber held the Taste of New­ton and it was a great suc­cess. She said the cham­ber brought in more ven­dors and at­ten­dees than last year.

“The ven­dors were so happy at the end of the evening with the ex­po­sure that they got and I think the at­ten­dants thought it was a great event,” Baker said. “[It brought] the community to­gether by show­cas­ing the busi­nesses and the restau­rants that we have to of­fer here in our community. It was just a good time to get to­gether and meet new friends and old friends.”

Baker said this was the cham­ber’s sec­ond year hold­ing the Taste of New­ton event.

She said this year’s event was spon­sored by Al­covy Fit­ness and Char­ter Busi­ness. She said the event gave peo­ple in the community a chance to see what the county has to of­fer.

“I think [the Taste of New­ton] is im­por­tant on the busi­ness and res­tau­rant side [be­cause it al­lows them] to get their name out there and be­come in­volved in the community. I think when you have a busi­ness owner in­volved in the community, it makes peo­ple more apt to visit them.

“I think for the community it­self, you hear so many peo­ple say hey, we don’t have any­thing here as far as eat­ing and restau­rants, Baker said. “It’s im­por­tant for the community to come out there and see what we have and they don’t have to go out­side the county lines to buy some­thing or to eat some­where.”

Baker said they haven’t to­taled how much money the event raised for the cham­ber, but they look for­ward to help­ing pro­mote busi­nesses in New­ton by con­tin­u­ing to host the Taste of New­ton and other events for the community.

Danielle Ever­son

Em­ploy­ees with United Bank wait as guests stop by to par­tic­i­pate in spe­cial games to win prizes. For more pho­tos of the event, visit Cov­News.com.

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