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The Taste of Christmas will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at North Lanier Baptist Church. Tickets are $8. For more information, visit www.northforsythband.com.
The North Forsyth High School band boosters are holding the third annual Taste of Christmas event Saturday at North Lanier Baptist Church.
“It’s just a great community event. It’s a fun event,” said Raymond Thomas, band director. “... It’ a great opportunity for people to get their first moments of Christmas.”
The event features 17 restaurants offering food samples, as well as 45 local vendors selling their crafts.
There will also be children’s games, a raffle, silent auction and free photos with Santa Claus.
Band members will perform throughout the four-hour event, said Walter Brooks, a booster helping coordinate the event.
Brooks, a three-year booster, joined for grandson Ryan Brooks, a junior on the drum line.
As a booster, Brooks and his wife, Margaret, also “work the concessions at the home games and ... go on the bus as a chaperone at competitions and away games.”
“It’s very fulfilling,” he said. “I really enjoy it and the kids seem to enjoy it. It’s a good group of kids.”
The Taste of Christmas and other fundraisers allow the band to take trips, compete and participate in other activities, Thomas said.
Between ticket sales, vendor table fees and the generosity of restaurants, the event is a “straight profit for us,” he said.
The $8 ticket also includes 10 food samples and a drink.
“You get to choose the places you want to go and you get 10 samples,” Thomas said. “Most people can’t eat all their samples, except for a few teenage boys ... it’s a lot of food for $8.”
Thomas said the event started with six restaurants. The number of participants has nearly doubled each year since.
“We had about 250 people the first year and almost 400 last year ... this year I’m thinking we’re going to have over 500 or more show up,” he said.
“Families are starting to ask us every year, ‘When are y’all having that again?’ So it’s starting to be something that people are looking forward to.”