Blaine park filled with culinary celebration sights, smells

Beautiful early evening summer weather directly contributed to the success of the second annual MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce Summer Food Fest.

Tony Sanchez and Efrain Delgado serve up grilled steak and chicken tacos in the Acapulco of Blaine booth at the MetroNorth Summer Food Fest. Photo by Tim Hennagir

Tony Sanchez and Efrain Delgado serve up grilled steak and chicken tacos in the Acapulco of Blaine booth at the MetroNorth Summer Food Fest. Photo by Tim Hennagir

Estimated attendance at the June 21 event in Blaine’s Aquatore Park totaled 500 to 600 people, said Chamber President Lori Higgins.

“We had our fingers crossed because it’s been so rainy,” she said. “This year, we had many more ticket inquiry calls the day of the event. People were waiting on the weather. It was a beautiful evening.”

Local restaurants provided samples of food and showcased their menus during the culinary celebration, which included family oriented entertainment options throughout the park.

“We can’t thank the participating restaurants enough, because without them and their hard work, we wouldn’t have a summer food festival,” Higgins said.

Event proceeds also benefit Free2B!, a local non-profit that supports families with their transportation needs, as well as the MetroNorth Chamber, a non-profit organization supporting area businesses and economic development. The Summer Food Fest also served as a drop-off site for Toys for Joy, Higgins said.

“We did a lot of research last year trying to determine best time to do this event, and there’s always a lot of things going on in the summer,” Higgins said.

Higgins said Free2B! has a tradition of doing events on the third Thursday of every month, namely Taste of Blaine, which is scheduled in February.

“So far, it’s worked out well,” Higgins said. “We do a 50:50 split with proceeds, because the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce is also run as a non-profit.”

According to Higgins, the summer food festival brings great community awareness to both non-profits and builds relationships outside of normal networks.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com


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