Hard to believe the Taste of Wachusett is in its twentieth year. The very first host, Susan Templeton, the then Executive Director of the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce, decided that it would be great fun to create a trade show for the sole purpose of sampling great food and drink while mingling with a variety of people from across the region. The first event was held at the Clinton Town Hall. “It was a way to create an enjoyable, culinary and social experience, and to have delicious food, drink and product sampling by area vendors,” Susan said, “All this while benefitting the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce.”
Today, the event is the longest-running tasting event in the region and sees a crowd that is a greater mix of ages, ethnicities, and communities all coming together. Perkins took over the tasting event in 2012 and has seen it grow exponentially in that time. Kerry Flathers, Director of Organizational Advancement and chair of the event since Perkins took hold of this wonderful fundraiser remembers being both excited and overwhelmed at the idea of hosting such a big event with limited time to prepare. “I immediately reached out to Maegan McCaffrey and Jenny Delorey McNamara to gather every detail, do’s and don’ts and other tips to keep the momentum of this community favorite growing strong,” Kerry said. Both were at the helm of the chamber following Susan and grew the event both in terms of vendors and attendees. “It is one of my favorite events at Perkins. It brings together supporters, community members, our sponsors, parents and siblings of those we serve, and our staff.”
Susan has been in attendance for most all of the 19 years leading up to this one and has her ticket in hand for this year’s event set to take place on Wednesday, September 27 from 5 to 8 PM at Cyprian Keyes in Boylston. According to Susan, this is one event she always has on her calendar, “I love to come back year after year, “Susan said. “I have a huge emotional connection to the food appreciation event and bring many of my closest friends. I love to see what the area businesses prepare as their favorites. Who wouldn’t want to see all the best restaurants showcasing their signature menu items all in one night and one place?”
We couldn’t agree more. This year, we are expecting over 500 guests and over 25 vendors including old favorites and new vendors. The Taste of Wachusett caters to everyone who appreciates good food and is an excellent event for anyone who likes to mingle with amazing people. If you would like to join us, tickets are available at the door for $35, but if you would like to save some cash, you can order them online by clicking here or pick them up at Clinton Savings Bank or Perkins for $30. Seniors over 65 pay $25 and packs of 5 are available for $130.