This past Saturday, October 8th, United Way of Wayne County hosted its 31st Annual Taste of Wayne in downtown Goldsboro at The Hub. The event kicked off at 11:00 am with live music from Curtis Media Group. Jeff Farrow (WGBR) and Averil Williams (WFMC) were the perfect emcees! They kept the party alive with great music and even spent most of their time at the event getting to know the vendors by having live radio interviews to help them promote their businesses.
There were 17 food and restaurant entities from all over Wayne County. Included in those 17 were Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizzas, Funky Fresh Donuts, Artis Daily Bread, Go Go Berries, Great Harvest Bread Company, Grate Sauces & Rubs, Beekeepers of the Neuse, Bricks Woodfire Pizza Co., Mimmo’s Pizza N Pasta, LaTrelle’s Sweet Treats, LLC, Carl & Chelle’s, Justo’s Grillin and Catering, The Table by Hydrant Church, Culligan Water, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, R & R Brewing, and Goldsboro Brewworks. United Way of Wayne County could not be more thankful for each of these small businesses for their support and participation that helped make this event a success.
To be able to taste all the wonderful treats these vendors had to offer, attendees bought a “passport” that had every vendor listed and took that to each booth. A volunteer was located at each booth to mark that vendor off the attendee’s “passport” and then the attendee was rewarded with a generous sample from that vendor. At the end of the “tour” the attendees could use their passports as a ballot to vote for their favorite booth! The votes were counted at the end and a first, second, and third place People’s Choice Award winner was announced. United Way is happy to announce that 1st Place went to Artis Daily Bread, 2nd Place went to Carl & Chelle’s Grill Room, and 3rd Place was awarded to Justo’s Grillin and Catering! If you are eating at one of these fine establishments, please help us congratulate them and look around for their Taste of Wayne 2022 trophy cutting board! Although only three cutting boards were awarded, everyone was a winner and there wasn’t a bad sample out there.
United Way of Wayne County also wants to send a very large “thank you” to all 63 volunteers who helped make the event possible. Thank you to the United Way of Wayne County Board Members, City of Goldsboro’s Youth Council, Goldsboro High School Interact Club, Girl Scouts – Coastal Pines of NC Troops 95 and 4182, Wayne County Public School student, and Wayne County residents for all you did hp make Taste of Wayne possible and enjoyable for everyone attending. United Way is proud to announce a total 151 volunteer hours were worked, equaling a value for volunteer time of $4,522.45 ($29.95/hour (current value of volunteer time)).
United Way of Wayne County looks forward to a successful 32nd Taste of Wayne event next year.
Attached: People’s Choice Award First Place Winner, Artis Daily Bread and Savannah Lambert; People’s Choice Award Second Place Winner, Carl & Chelle’s Grill Room and Savannah Lambert; People’s Choice Award Third Place Winner, Justo’s Grillin and Catering and Savannah Lambert; Curtis Media Group’s Jeff Farrow and Averil Williams; Sanitation Crew Volunteer