Those who want to take a bite of local flavor should attend the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s annual Bite of Blaine event Monday, February 18.
The event, which brings together 16 of the area’s local restaurants and food providers begins at 6 p.m. at the Loomis Trail Golf Club, and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce is inviting area residents to come and take a taste.
It will be the event’s first year at the golf club due to the closure of the Semiahmoo Resort.
The local businesses will serve up their best dishes, and attendees can circulate and sample them at their leisure. Live and silent auctions will be held with all proceeds going to the Fourth of July fireworks display.
Blaine Chamber of Commerce secretary Carroll Solomon said Bite of Blaine is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Fourth of July. “We usually get close to 200 people, and it’s a great social event,” she said, noting that the Fourth of July fireworks display is one of the biggest in Whatcom county, and typically lasts close to 45 minutes.
“People come from all over,” Solomon said.
Blaine Chamber of Commerce treasurer Kim Shea said the fireworks typically cost around $16,000, and the Bite of Blaine fundraiser usually generates around $6,000 in revenue.
Auction items will be donated by local businesses and range from gift certificates for local restaurants to full photography sessions and more.
A no-host bar will start at 6 p.m. when the silent auction begins. Food tasting begins at 6:30, and the live auction will start at 7:30. Mike Kent will emcee and city manager Gary Tomsic will act as auctioneer.
Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at Pacific Building Center, Cost Cutter and Blaine Visitor Center.
No tickets will be sold at the door.