The tempting of the taste buds

Chef Zane Lawson with The Cowboy and the Rose, a catering company at 104 Orchard Ave., prepares ribs Sunday for the annual Taste of the Grand Valley. The popular United Way fundraiser takes place today from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction.

Taste of the Grand Valley is here.

The annual event to raise money for United Way of Mesa County’s yearly fundraising campaign is 4-7:30 p.m. today at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Participating vendors at Taste of the Grand Valley offer food and beverage samples, while the United Way stage offers live cooking demonstrations.

In addition, door prizes will be given away and people who purchase a Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley culinary item, ranging in price from $5 to $15, will be entered into a drawing for a pair of four-day, VIP Country Jam passes, with hotel accommodations at La Quinta Inn in Fruita and shuttle service to the event.

The Country Jam prize package is new this year, said Amanda Crysler, development director for the local United Way agency.

Nearly 30 of the area’s top bakers, caterers, restaurants and food or beverage vendors will take part in the 12th annual Taste of the Grand Valley and, once again, attendees will vote for their favorites in several categories.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at area City Markets, Enstrom Candies, Home Loan Insurance, online at or by phone at 1-800-464-2626.

Cost is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and military members, and $6 for children 4 and older. Tickets also are available at the door for $5 more.

To date, United Way has raised 75 percent of its $1.1 million goal in its current fundraising campaign.


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