Foodies from across the city are invited to the Glebe this month to enjoy some delectable fare in support of the community.
Fine wines, local brews, finger foods and dozens of desserts from restaurants and shops in the neighbourhood will be served up at this year’s Taste in the Glebe on Jan. 17.
The event, hosted by the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, will take place at the Glebe Community Centre.
“This is the best food and wine show in the city, hands down,” said Clare Rogers, one of the organizers for the event.
There are always a few new restaurateurs each year, she said, but the theme is always the same - to eat, drink and be merry.
“It’s a great time,” she said. “There are always fancy finger foods and some not so fancy foods, but all are equally delicious.”
Last year, Rogers said one restaurant made more than 400 fish tacos.
“There were both gorgeous and delicious,” she said.
Rogers added there also tends to be fun treats that stray away from strict gourmet fare, such as milkshakes provided by the Works last year.
The annual event is part of the activities group’s fundraising initiative and the proceeds will go towards a community development fund, which focuses on raising money to help improve the Glebe Community Centre building and grounds.
Rogers said the money raised at this year’s Taste in the Glebe will help fund the group’s upcoming landscaping project, which includes the addition of parking at the centre, as well as relocating the sidewalk in front of the parking area.
“It’s to stop the danger of having cars backing out onto the sidewalk,” Rogers said.
The project will increase the available parking from six spaces and one handicap space to about 18. Bicycle racks will also be added.
This project is completely funded by the community and so far the group has raised $80,000 for the parking project, while the landscaping portion intends to a community-driven volunteer initiative.
The Taste in the Glebe, Rogers said, is also a huge community event, made possible because of the dedication of residents.
“It’s a lot of work, but we have no shortage of volunteers who help out,” Rogers said. “It’s like one big community party and community event.”
The event will welcome as many as 350 people from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the centre or online at www.gnag.ca. Residents interested in donating directly to the landscaping fund can contact the activities group at 613-233-8713.