Good food and fun will be the order of the evening when the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 16th Annual Taste of UA on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 3:30-8:30 PM at Northam Park.

Good food and fun will be the order of the evening when the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 16th Annual Taste of UA on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 3:30-8:30 PM at Northam Park.

This premier summer festival is open to the public and historically has drawn 15,000 people to Northam Park. It will showcase the specialties of dozens of area restaurants and caterers, and the wares and services of over 135 other community businesses and organizations.

This community event offers not only great food but also amusement rides, kids' crafts, musical guests, juggler and more. A bicycle, from Handy Bikes USA, will be raffled off at this year's Taste of UA. It's an event not to miss.

The chamber is still accepting business sponsors and local restaurant participants. "Exhibitor spaces for this event are filling quickly as they do year after year. It is the perfect environment for our chamber member businesses and organizations to connect and interact with this community," says Karen Hamilton, chamber membership director.

"We look forward to the Taste of UA every year. The weather is always great, the location is prime, and it's fun to be able to enjoy the summer and all of the exceptional restaurants that call Arlington home. It's a perfect evening getaway," says Amy Jordan, marketing director for City Barbeque.

Cindy Remoudis, vice president and branch manager for National City, said, "The Taste of UA is one of the best organized events we have attended. Not only did we meet businesses and residents, we built a number of new relationships for our business and had a great time doing it. I would highly recommend all businesses to participate."

In addition, the chamber is looking for adults and kids to volunteer that day. Volunteers will be working with committee members to ensure proper set-up and communication among all the booth participants.

"Besides counting on some loyal UA adult volunteers to help, this is a great opportunity for high school students to earn their public service hours," says chamber president, Becky Hajost. "All volunteers receive a free Taste of UA T-shirt. We're counting on our volunteers to help in a variety of ways."

For information about this year's event or how to join in on the fun, call the chamber offices at 614/481-5710 or go to uachamber.org.