Event to offer eats, vendors, education support

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is making plans to support education and feed the community Oct. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the ninth annual Taste of Wilson County at the Mill.

Taste of Wilson County annually offers the chance to sample the best Wilson County has to offer, from tasty treats to local boutiques and more. This family friendly event will feature a variety of food vendors that will give away samples of their favorite dishes, marketplace vendors set up for shopping, entertainment, children’s face painting, art designs, and VIP accommodations provided by Cumberland University.

A grill off is set to return this year and will again feature area principals and local dignitaries. 

Proceeds from the event benefit the chamber’s business and education coalition, which gives back to the community through teacher grants, scholarships, educator of the month, Tennessee Scholars, Wilson Books from Birth and more.

“We love giving back to our teachers, schools and students, who are our future community leaders,” said Melanie Minter, president of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. “Please join us for this fun event.”

In 2017, the chamber coalition honored 430 local students as Tennessee Scholars and proudly awarded $18,000 in college scholarships this spring. The chamber partnered with business and private sponsors in the last two decades to award scholarships to more than 4,800 high school students.

Chamber coalition-sponsored teacher grants are awarded to qualifying teachers as a way to enhance and support the role of teachers in the classroom and promote student learning and achievement, providing support to teachers in art, classrooms, music and special needs. In 2016, 34 grant projects were awarded that totaled $17,440. 

The Taste of Wilson County participants will include Chick-Fil-A, Sweet Thing Bakery, Hoites Barbecue, Tater’s, Tazikis Mediterranean Café, Demos’, Two Fat Men, Jimmy Johns, Juice Bar Mt. Juliet, Mo’Cara, Rolling Feast, Sonic, Spunky’s Saucy Dogs, Sweet Biscuit, Triple B Barbecue and Catering, Zaxby’s, Tom’s Blue Moon Barbecue, Salsaritas, Oh Crumbs Bakery, Wilson Central High School culinary class, Lebanon High School culinary class, the Pavilion, Patriot Dental, Old Hickory Credit Union, Active Life Chiropractic, Lularoe by Page Waddell, G.G.’s Jewelry, State Farm – Kay Maynard, Charis Health Center, the Faith Store, Angela’s Photography, Cedarcroft Home, Chain Reaction, Clementines, Healthmarkets, Jewell Fashion Obsession, Linda’s Art and Design, Mary Kay – Jessica Pfingsten, New Leash on Life, Lebanon Crossfit, Square Market, the Retreat at Center Hill, Wilson County Community Help Center, Nutishop and more, including more than 20 vendors from Batch & Bushel.

Tickets for the fundraising event are available at Wilson Bank & Trust’s main office, the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office and at tasteofwilsoncounty.com. Tickets are $25 for adults 12 years old and older, $10 for teachers, $8 for children 6-11 years old, and children younger than 5 get in free. VIP tickets are $35, and a VIP table of eight is $300. The event will take place at the Mill, 300 N. Maple St. in Lebanon.

Space is still available for both marketplace and food vendors at the Taste of Wilson County. Local businesses can find more information by calling the chamber office at 615-444-5503 or visiting tasteofwilsoncounty.com.

Taste of Wilson County is sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust, Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC and Hyundai, Wilson County Farm Bureau: Wes Dugan, Famous Footwear and Cumberland University.


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