While some communities might see their "taste of" event as one large advertisement opportunity, organizers with the Worthington Chamber of Commerce say they want the Taste of Worthington to be one big party.

While some communities might see their "taste of" event as one large advertisement opportunity, organizers with the Worthington Chamber of Commerce say they want the Taste of Worthington to be one big party.

Held outdoors in the parking lot of OfficeScape Corporate Center, near 450 and 500 W. Wilson Bridge Road, the event aims to convey a feeling of community.

This year's Taste of Worthington is scheduled from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 15. Tickets are $3 per person, $5 per couple. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

Chamber President and CEO Kathryn Paugh said she thinks of the event as a "community block party."

"Most of our chamber events are purposefully done as business-to-business events so they (participants) can come exchange ideas within the businesses," she said. "But Taste of Worthington is an opportunity to invite the community as well."

Around 20 food vendors from the Worthington area will be on hand with dishes ranging from $1 to $8 apiece, giving visitors the chance to taste a variety of items.

Paugh said she thinks the prices, which can fit into most budgets, support the idea of community involvement rather than sales.

"Since they price their dishes so affordably, I believe that it's more of a community outreach effort on their part as opposed to an advertising effort," she said. "That's what this type of event offers that sometimes a traditional advertising event doesn't."

Mike Henwood, co-chairman of the planning committee, said some guests come to try new things while others come to revisit favorites.

"We might have a new restaurant or new flavors, but people look forward to coming back and getting dishes from some of our hometown favorites," he said.

The event has typically drawn between 3,000 and 5,000 guests in the past, and both Paugh and Henwood indicated they like the fact there is no target demographic for the night.

"The nice thing is that you get people from kids coming in in strollers to teenagers to seniors," Henwood said.

For more information or tickets, visit worthingtonchamber.org.

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