Tastings added to the tunes

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Chamber fundraiser will feature spirits

By The Staff

If you like a little bit of a taste with your tunes, then this year’s edition of Taste & Tunes, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser, may have a little something for you.

Talon Winery of Shelbyville and Smith-Berry Winery of New Castle will be offering tastings of their award-winning wines, and Buffalo Trace Distillery will add snootfuls of its bourbons, too.

Of course, those won’t be the only “tastes” available between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. There will be 25 confirmed food vendors on hand, and Chamber Executive Director Shelley Goodwin said there may even be seven more.

As for the tunes, Blind Sight will be playing on the main stage for the event between 5 and 7:30, and Bluegrass harmony, an a cappella group of women, will be entertaining in various locations around the grounds.

Also returning this year is the Magbooth photo station, where guests can take photos at no


With all that to offer, Goodwin said she is expecting a good turnout for this event, which a few years ago was recast from the old “Taste of Shelby” and moved from a restaurant to an outdoor strolling event – although the size of the crowd can be hard to determine.

“They [crowds] have been pretty solid,” Goodwin said. “We have had great interest this year, but many people buy tickets at the gate.

“We prefer advance ticket sales so we can give food vendors an idea of attendance, but we welcome people at the gate that night.”

The event is no small affair for the chamber, whose 370 members come together as participants, sponsors and organizers.

“We have several volunteers who have been working since June to put this event together,” Goodwin said. “We couldn't do it without the support of many chamber members and the community.”

Along with the Showcase event in the spring, this serves as a fundraiser to support the chamber’s activities – although both are more about promoting the participants than making money for the chamber, she said.

“[Taste & Tunes] Spotlights our local food service professionals,” she said. “We highlight our business and organization members during Showcase each March, but this allows us to

focus specifically on food service. [It] Promotes networking and relationship building among our members and the community.

“Hopefully encourages Shelby Countians to take advantage of the great restaurants, caterers, etc. here in Shelby County instead of travelling out of the county and taking their money

with them.”

As for the financial impact for the chamber, Goodwin said neither brings in as much revenue as she would like.

“They are about the same, although we wish both were better revenue generators,” she said. “Neither are big fundraisers in terms of our budget. Gross revenue for either event is well under one percent of our budget.”


Taste & Tunes

WHAT:25-plus, food beverage vendors plus two musical acts to benefit Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

WHEN:5-7:30 p.m. Monday

WHERE:Shelby County Fairgrounds

TICKETS:$20 for adults; children 12 and under free with paying adult

MORE INFO:Visit http://www.shelbycountykychamber.com