Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Bite of Blaine.
The Blaine Chamber of Commerce is inviting area residents to sample the best of Blaine cuisine while supporting the Fourth of July fireworks display in Drayton Harbor.
The fundraiser will be held at the Loomis Trail Golf Club on Monday, February 18. It will be the event’s first year at the golf club due to the closure of the Semiahmoo Resort.
Sixteen 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 fireworks display. “We usually get close to 200 people, and it’s a great social event,” she said.
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. “Even from Bellingham.”
Solomon attributed the popularity of Blaine’s fireworks to great visibility – “You can see them perfectly from anywhere on Drayton Harbor,” – and to a long-standing relationship with the pyrotechnic company that puts on the display.
“They give us a lot of bang for our buck,” 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.
Area businesses that are offering a taste of their fare at the event include Big Al’s Diner, Chada Thai, Good Samaritan-Stafholt, Great Blue Heron, Hot Spot, Little Caeser’s Pizza, Little Red Caboose, Nature’s Path, Nicki’s Diner, Paso del Norte, Pizza Factory, Seaside Bakery Cafe, Tabletop Shoppe, Tony’s Just A Bite, Via Birch Bay Cafe & Bistro and We’ve Got the Scoop.
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.
Realtor Mike Kent will emcee and city manager Gary Tomsic will be the 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.