Taste of Northland, the latest effort to showcase the myriad eateries in the area, will be held July 18 at the Northland Performing Arts Center.

Alicia Ward, Northland Community Council vice president, announced the date and venue at the organization's June 6 meeting. She also said it would be free.

However, Sandra Lopez, a legislative analyst with the Columbus City Council Division of Community Engagement assigned to the Northland area, said those attending would be asked to make $5 donations, with the funds to be given to nonprofit organizations serving the neighborhood.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Ward said. "We have a lot of wonderful ethnic restaurants and other original restaurants in Northland."

The 250,000-member Yelp Columbus online community will help promote Taste of Northland, Lopez said.

"The idea is to attract people who don't normally come to Northland for dinner," she said.

A time for the event hasn't been decided, but Lopez suggested it could be held between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Ward said, because Taste of Northland will be at the Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., she hopes to line up entertainment for the evening.