Dublin’s premier noshing event is likely to sell out.
The Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Dublin will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Place. The event sold out last year and organizers expect a repeat. This year, 1,500 to 1,600 tickets will be sold.
The annual event, which offers local restaurants a chance to showcase their cuisine, will include 101 Beer Kitchen, Bleu & Fig, the Bogey Bar & Grill, Chile Verde Cafe, Cinco, Der Dutchman, Dublin Village Tavern, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Mezzo Dublin, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Tucci’s and Winans of Dublin, among others.
“We’re utilizing even more of the building this year,” said Jennifer Jakse, the chamber’s chief operating officer. “We’ll have 35 to 40 restaurants and catering firms.”
Last year’s Taste of Dublin had restaurants and other businesses showcasing their stuff outside and on the first and second floors of the building. Jakse said this year, the event will expand on the second floor and into another side room on the first floor.
“It’s a truly Dublin event,” she said. “It brings together the Dublin business community in a way that they can network, but it’s casual and people enjoy themselves.”
Chamber President Gene Oliver listed the event as one of his favorite annual parties.
“There’s a lot of networking because it’s relaxed,” he said. “People seem to have an opportunity to meet someone they otherwise would not have.”
“You really do meet your friends and neighbors there,” Jakse said. “It’s what really makes Dublin the special community it is. It’s fun to go in and see people you may not have seen in a while. That’s what the chamber is all about.”
In addition to meeting new people and making contacts, local businesses will also be offering information to Taste of Dublin visitors.
“It does let you see what businesses are here and network,” Jakse said. “You have the opportunity to ask questions and make a contact.”
The honorary chair for this year’s Taste of Dublin is the Nestle Quality Assurance Center, which recently expanded.
“Part of why we’ve chosen them was because of the recent expansion,” Jakse said. “An expansion means more jobs.”
The center, which runs quality testing on products for the world’s largest food company, will be represented Sept. 17 by Aaron Ayres, director of NQAC Dublin, and Colin Christmas, verification and audit manager, NQAC Zone Americas.
Tickets for Taste of Dublin are $30 through Sept. 7 and $35 afterward. Tickets include food and drink tastings.
For more information or to purchase tickets, look online at dublinchamber.org/TasteofDublin or stop by the chamber, 129 S. High St., during business hours.