by LUKE PUTVIN firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of people attended each day of the 37th annual Taste Edmonds at the Civic Center Playfield in Edmonds on August 16, 17 and 18. There were over 35 food vendors and even more vendors selling handmade goods. Over 200 volunteers helped coordinate the event and there were even more volunteers at individual booths.
There was fun for all ages including a Kids Zone with several large bouncy houses as well as a 21+ Garden with live music, a cornhole tournament, a Giant Beer Pong game, free Wine Garden yoga and a large selection of drinks like cider, wine and local craft beer.
Alicia Moreno, the Communications and Program Coordinator at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, was the main coordinator of the event. She is in charge of all the large community events such as the 4th of July Fireworks Show, multiple 5k runs, parades, a clam chowder cookoff and Taste Edmonds.
“I love organizing,” Moreno said, “and I love working with people to make the most organized and efficient system as possible.”
Moreno wanted people to walk away from the event know that, while they were able to enjoy great music, delicious food and peruse cool vendors, they were still giving back to the community.
“Taste Edmonds is first and foremost a fundraiser for the community,” Moreno emphasized. “We give back over 24,000 dollars to local high schools, service groups and community groups. This event also helps fund other community events like the 4th of July; the entrance fees here go directly back into the community.”
Moreno gave a special thanks to the sponsors and sponsored vendors for showing commitment to the community. “I also want to thank the people that come out to the event to enjoy the festival, since this is a fundraiser.”
For more information on upcoming events from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, visit edmondswa.chambermaster.com/events.