The New Albany Chamber of Commerce's Taste of New Albany fundraiser has sold out the past three years, according to organizers.

So those wanting tickets to the 16th annual celebration of food and drink – slated for 5 to 9 p.m. July 29 in Market Square – might do well to purchase them before too long.

Tickets typically sell out a couple of weeks prior to the event, said chamber executive director Cherie Nelson. The event includes 1,000 reserved seats, she said.

Nelson, who will be overseeing her fourth Taste of New Albany, said the success of the chamber's largest fundraiser is due in large part to listening to survey feedback from guests.

Three years ago and in response to public feedback, the chamber began featuring distilleries, and each subsequent year more were added, Nelson said. This year, those partners include Buckeye Vodka, Middle West Spirits and Watershed Distillery.

Likewise, event coordinators this year will feature craft beer for the first time, Nelson said. They chose Land-Grant Brewing Co. and BrewDog USA, she said, because survey responses repeatedly mentioned those two breweries.

New food selections include recently opened local eateries Freshii and Johnson's Real Ice Cream, but the partners tend to represent foods for both the adventurous and more traditional eaters, Nelson said.

Last year, the Estate at New Albany won the People's Choice Award with smoked salmon rotolo – salmon on sea-salt flat bread, said Brookshire partner John Brooks. Although salmon is an accessible food, it was prepared in a unique and creative way, he said.

The owners of Brookshire events venues in Delaware and Hilliard opened the Estate at New Albany, a 14,000-square-foot facility for weddings and social and corporate events, in December at 5216 Forest Drive, off U.S. Route 62.

Last year was the Estate's first year participating in the Taste of New Albany, an event that has become part of the fabric of the community, Brooks said.

"It was a great experience," he said.

At least 30 food providers are expected to participate. Musical entertainment will be provided by a classic rock group, Hi Fidelity.

Tickets are $65 per person and $500 for a table of 10, and they can be purchased at tasteofnewalbany.com.

Event parking is available behind either side of Market Square storefronts, the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library or the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.

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