The first Taste of Westland is scheduled for later this month featuring local businesses and eateries.

The first Taste of Westland is scheduled for later this month featuring local businesses and eateries.

Westland Area Commission (WAC) member Adam Slane, who is taking the lead on the first event of its kind on the West Side, announced last week that Taste of Westland is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Westland High School.

There will be a $5 cover charge for residents who want to attend, with proceeds from the event going directly back to booster organizations at the high school, he said.

"Hopefully, we will have a sufficient number of businesses who want to participate for this inaugural event that will ultimately help out the community," he said.

Slane has spent the past few weeks visiting businesses and restaurants in person to invite them to attend Taste of Westland.

"Invitations will be hand-delivered in order to answer questions," he said.

Slane said he is relying on newspapers and the school district boosters to get information out about the event. Businesses will be asked to obtain a mobile vendor license and pay a $25 fee in order to participate, he said.

Slane said he has been working closely with organizations in other communities that hold similar events just to see how they have been successful in the past.

Fellow WAC member Bill Steimer said when he attended Taste of Hilliard, he realized what that community had to offer to its residents.

"People will be aware of businesses they have never seen before," Steimer said. "Rather than money going to a different part of town, things like this can promote the things that are already here, ultimately revitalizing the area. We are looking forward to it."

Slane said the Westland Area Commission couldn't have taken on such an event without help. It will also be sponsored by the Westland Area Business Association and Murray Hill Dental, he said.