Tickets Available for Taste of Livingston County


Taste of Livingston County

Combine generous portions of top quality food and drink, a dash of local flavor, and a splash of support for two of the area’s most significant advocacy organizations; mix well at a breathtakingly scenic venue; and you have the recipe for the 21st annual Taste of Livingston County, coming Tuesday, May 21 to Camp Stella Maris in Livonia.


Tickets are $25 each at, with proceeds split evenly between The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber is Livingston County’s leader in promoting visibility, positive perception, and growth for area businesses.  The Arc is the area’s largest not-for-profit supporting individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.


Described by Chamber President and CEO Laura Lane as “a signature event to promote signature dishes,” the Taste of Livingston County features bottomless samplings from the county’s top restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, cideries, and breweries. Originally a project of the Livingston County Health Department, and later run by Genesee Valley Health Partnership, the Chamber and The Arc were given ownership of the event in 2017.  They introduced a fresh venue in the form of Camp Stella Maris, and relaxed the nutritional guidelines in favor of a more general food tasting event that aligns with the shared values.


“The Chamber and The Arc are both advocacy organizations,” Arc Executive Director Martin Miskell said at the time.  “Their focus is business, and ours is people with disabilities.  But we both stress inclusion to build our local community.  At our core, both groups bring people together – and nothing brings people together quite like great food.”


The Taste gained further momentum in 2018, with 23 participating vendors.  They included Angry Rooster Deli, Applebee’s, The Barn Restaurant, Beachcomber, The Big Tree Inn, The Cake Place, Campus Auxiliary Services at SUNY Geneseo, Deer Run Winery, Dublin Corners Farm Brewery, Hook & Spoon, Leisure’s Restaurant, Monk’s Bread, Once Again Nut Butter, O-Neh-Da & Eagle Crest Vineyards, OSB Ciderworks, Partyman Catering & Rental, Reminisce Soda Fountain, Suzea’s Gluten-Free Bakery, Sweet Arts Bakery, 3 Legged Pig BBQ, Twister’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop, Wegmans, and Wendy’s Pantry & Country Mouse.


The 2019 edition is expected to feature new names, along with a number of returning favorites.  Vendors will be announced in the coming weeks.


Doors will open at 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 21, and Camp Stella Maris is located at 4395 East Lake Road in Livonia.  Attendance is limited to 400, so event organizers strongly recommended that interested attendees purchase their tickets in advance.  For questions, or details about becoming a vendor or sponsor, contact Suzanne Johnsen at (585)658-2828 ext. 133.



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