Sounds of music from live entertainment and aroma of foods from vendor booths filled the air at the Annual Taste of Havasu fundraising event at the SARA Park Rodeo Grounds Tuesday night.
“This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year,” said Andy Campbell, Chairman of the K-12 Foundation. “I think it is great how all these restaurants come out each year and support the foundation and help out.”
The event is a fundraising effort by the K-12 Foundation a local nonprofit that assists schools in the Lake Havasu Unified School District. The foundation provides funds to support school activities, faculty and educational needs that may not be covered completely from state government funds alone.
Seventeen restaurants in the community showcased samples of food from their menus for attendees who purchased a ticket to taste. Ticket-holders received a card upon entry with the list of restaurants that were at the event and used it as a guide for the many food booths available inside.
Pasta and pizza From Mudshark Brewery, salads and chicken from Shugrue’s Restaurant and Bar, cinnamon rolls from Schlotzsky’s, cupcakes from SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery, and ice cream from Scoops were just some of the items available to sample.
Heather Burch who is new to Lake Havasu City said she enjoyed the event because it gave her an opportunity to see what this city has to offer.
“This is my first year at this event,” said Burch. “I just moved to Havasu a few months ago and I just think what a great way to get introduced to the city by coming out here and tasting everything.”
Aside from dinning, attendees got to enjoy music from country-Blues band and dance under the night sky. Tables were set out for diners and a choice of wine or beer sampling was also available.
At the end of the night and after a full stomach, attendees and vendors said they were satisfied with the event.
“I think something like this is very beneficial to everyone,” said Arly Ramirez, with Kokomo’s. “It’s our first year here and we love how it allows people to taste your food and later want to come visit our restaurant again. it also benefits a good cause.”
To learn more about the K-12 foundation, visit www.k12foundation.org.