Taste of Highland is Saturday September 18

Taste of Highland is set for Saturday, September 18.   It’s an evening of food and music outside under tents at The Highland Center in Monterey.

Elizabeth Lohr-Myers is the Executive Director at The Highland Center.

“The Taste of Highland is the main fundraising event for The Highland Center,” says Lohr-Myers.  “It is in it’s 11th year, so this will be the 11th Taste of Highland event and it’s kind of become an institution in the county.  It’s a really fun dinner, a fun way for people to come out and enjoy a meal together, to taste the local produce and enjoy the foods of many of our local chefs and restaurants.”

“We are expecting contributions from lots of local chefs and lots of local restaurants, we are really excited,” says Lohr-Myers.  “We will be enjoying food from Hull’s Hideaway, from High’s Restaurant, from Susanna Baxter of Susanna’s Confections.   I believe we will be getting food from The Curly Maple and possibly the Inn at Warm Springs.  So, we are drawing in lots of great area restaurants.”

Taste of Highland begins at 6pm with drinks and appetizers and the meal will be served around 7pm.  The Broken Hearts, a trio from the Staunton area, will be providing the music.

“I am always looking for extra hands,” says Lohr-Myers.  “I think I have some of the AMI Fellows coming to participate.  They’ll be preparing appetizers and maybe serving some of the food.  But if anyone else is interested and would be willing to lend a hand in table set up or food preparation or clean up afterwards, I am always willing to welcome more hands and more people to the table.”

Proceeds from Taste of Highland benefit more than just The Highland Center.

“We are working to revive some of the programming that has been a little less active over the past year because of COVID and other circumstances,” says Lohr-Myers.  “So we are trying to raise money to support our programs and really bring community activities, cultural activities and support the local economy and small businesses that are in this area.”

This year tickets are $40 or pay what you will.  A gift from the Charles Pinckney Jones Charitable Trust is supplementing the pay what you will option.

“I should mention that no matter which ticket option you choose, the full price $40 ticket or the pay what you can option, I am really recommending that people purchase their tickets in advance just so we can ensure that we have enough seats and enough food for everyone and can make it a really great time,” says Lohr-Myers.

Taste of Highland is Saturday, September 18.

Tickets are available at the Highland Farmers Market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6 and they are also available at The Highland Center’s website www.thehighlandcenter.org

For more information director@thehighlandcenter.org or 540-468-1922

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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