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Eat, drink, be merry at annual Taste of Claremont

The Rotary Club of Claremont is hosting its 19th Taste of Claremont event April 28, and anticipates record crowds.

The annual gathering features more than 50 restaurants, breweries and wineries, local artwork, a raffle, live music and a silent auction. Admission to the event is $75, with all food and drinks included.

Cameron Troxell, the chair of Taste of Claremont’s organizing committee, said the Rotary Club has gathered nearly $30,000 in sponsorship money this year, and has about 30 sponsors “who have been very generous with their support.”

“We’re going to be featuring them in terms of a video display and in various ways that we acknowledge them,” he said.

About a dozen artists will exhibit and sell their work, while the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, Centre Street Jazz and rock-country group The Amazing Tone Benders will entertain attendees at various times. The featured item at the silent auction this year, Mr. Troxell said, is a valuable watch from Ben Bridge Jeweler in Montclair.

Mr. Troxell anticipates 900 to 1,000 people, based on crowd size increases from year to year, and promises much more seating than in years past.

Taste of Claremont has “grown a lot,” Mr. Troxell said, recalling it started in the Seaver House at Pomona College. For the seventh straight year, the 2018 iteration of the event will be at The Claremont College Services’ building on First Street.

“A lot of cities put this type of event on, and it’s often done by the Chamber of Commerce, and we put our own mark on it in that so much of the money that goes in goes to charity,” Mr. Troxell said.

Last year, Taste of Claremont’s net profit was about $45,000, which “goes to all the local and international charitable organizations and projects that we support,” he said.

Mr. Troxell especially wants to highlight Uncommon Good, a Claremont organization that will have a special display at the event about community-supported agriculture.

“We want to get the word out on their behalf that they provide farm-fresh produce to local residents six days a week, so we’re trying to support them and give them a voice and get that to the community,” he said. “Because people know about the Farmers’ Market, but a lot of people don’t know about Uncommon Good and that you can get produce six days a week, not just one day a week.”

For tickets and more information, visit tasteofclaremont.org.

 

—Kellen Browning

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