Taste of Westbank to be a palatable event

The 16th Annual Taste of Westbank will take place Sept. 29 at the Westbank Lions Community Hall.

The Rotary Club of Westbank hasn’t made many changes to its biggest fundraiser over the past 16 years.

Rick de Jong, former president of the club and current West Kelowna councillor, suggests that’s because there is no point fixing what already works.

The 16th Annual Taste of Westbank takes place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

“”It’s a fun event that engages the community,” said de Jong.

“It’s a format that seems to be working…everybody has fun and it’s an enjoyable evening of fellowship, so we’re not going to change it.”

The $40 admission ticket includes food from more than 10 different Westside restaurants.

De Jong said support from local eateries is what makes the event successful.

“The support from the restaurants is always there and always strong.

“It’s humbling to get that type of support locally, particularly in these economic times.”

The Malarkeys, a Celtic rock band from Kelowna, will provide entertainment for the evening. There will be a live auction, a silent auction, a raffle for a ring designed by Stephanie Schmidt of JK Schmidt Jewellers and a 50/50 draw.

According to de Jong, the money raised goes toward projects put on by the Rotary Club of Westbank, both locally and abroad.

“Internationally we are in the process of our third year providing water filters for Haiti.

“Locally, you look at the water park—hopefully we’ll be able to add some new water features over time. We also provide money to the food bank…and do events over at the local senior homes.”

Taste of Westbank will be held at the Westbank Lions Community Hall and de Jong is hopeful more than 200 people will take part.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at The UPS Store in West Kelowna with cash or cheque.

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