Sampling North Country Cuisine At 16th Annual Taste Of The TownPosted: Updated:
People were trying a sample of north country cooking at the 16th annual Taste of the Town.
J.C.C.'s McVean Gymnasium was crowded Saturday afternoon as guests came to try the food and vote on restaurants from the Watertown area. 30 vendors set up at the event put on by the Sunrise Rotary Club to get people to come out and try something new.
"I tried some pulled pork macaroni and cheese, which was delicious. I also tried some beef tenderloin with carrots and mashed potatoes, which was fabulous. We're going to make a second round for deserts. It's a really great experience all together," said Megan Bartholomew, one of those in attendance.
The winner of the people's choice award for the second year in a row was Josh’s Riverside Cafe and the judge's choice for best local taste was DiPrinzio’s Kitchen.
Best National Taste of the Town went to Hilton Garden Inn for the second year in a row and also for the second year in a row, Best Beverage went to St.Lawrence Spirits. Best Dessert of the Town went to Cedar Hedge Farms. Best Presentation of the Town went to Holy Smokes-n-Floats.
$5000 of the money raised went to a program for second graders in Watertown city schools which allows them to take trips to the zoo and help tie science into the classroom.
7 News Sports Director Mel Busler was a guest judge.
7 News is a proud sponsor of the event.