The Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the 16th annual Taste of Reynoldsburg, scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Senior Citizens Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.

The Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the 16th annual Taste of Reynoldsburg, scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Senior Citizens Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.

This year's theme is "A Touch of Class."

The event offers area restaurants a chance to showcase their signature dishes for visitors at palatable prices.

Diners may even get a chance to look down at the event from a tethered ride in a hot air balloon.

There is no admission fee. The price of food samples ranges from $1 to $3.

Chamber member Linda Smith said the event will also feature the "awesome" acoustic music of local solo guitarist Eric Solomon.

"Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a beautiful evening on the lawn," Smith said. "Inside dining will also be available in the senior center."

She said Keller Farms Hot Air Balloon will offer tethered rides, weather permitting, and Rule3 will bring a bounce house or two for young children who attend.

The Reynoldsburg Senior Center Chorus will perform the national anthem.

Restaurants and food vendors offering samples include Uno Chicago Grill, Thirsty Turtle Tavern/Wendi's Kitchen, Sunset Grille, Los Jalapenos, 5 Bean Coffee, Pompeii's Inferno, Jimmy John's, Culver's, Raising Canes, Creno's Pizza and Giant Eagle, among others.

Smith said Pompeii's Inferno, Raising Canes and Jimmy John's are among the new participants for Taste of Reynoldsburg.

Non-food vendors include MMA Insurance, First Service Federal Credit Union, Fairfield National Bank, Luv Pup Pet Sitting and the Reynoldsburg Republican Club.

Taste of Reynoldsburg was started 18 years ago as the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce "Partners in Progress" Business Expo, held at the former Grand Host East.

"Two years later, restaurants were included and the event was moved to Taylor Road Elementary School, with businesses inside and restaurants outside," Smith said. "Four years ago, the event was moved to Huber Park to become more centralized in the community."

She said the chamber decided to move the event to the other end of Huber Park this year to encompass the senior center.

"We wanted to offer participants the opportunity to dine inside or outside, with vendors having a little more access to electrical outlets," she said. "We also wanted to showcase all the wonderful programs our senior center has to offer."

She said the major sponsors of the event are Thirsty Turtle Tavern/Wendi's Kitchen, WesBanco Bank, Uno Chicago Grill, Tumbleweed, Giant Eagle and Ink Well Marketing.