GROTON -- The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts the 18th annual Taste of Nashoba on March 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Academy Stone Athletic Center.
The mixer displays the best culinary businesses in the area for residents to sample. Restaurants, caterers, bakeries and breweries will be present and competing for The Best of the Taste awards ranging from Best Entree, Best Beverage and Best Presentation.
More than 30 vendors are set to appear at the event showing the wide variety of cuisine available throughout Nashoba Valley.
Attendees can sample Italian food from Evviva Trattoria , Il Forno and Mariano's Ristorante while those looking for more traditional eating options can sample selections from Charlotte's Cozy Kitchen, the Alamo Texas BBQ and the 110 Grill, a former Taste Award winner.
The event will also feature the return of another group of Taste Award winners: The Elegant Chef, the student-run restaurant at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, which often travels to local senior centers to provide lunch.
If visitors and residents want to know what's savory to sip on, Taste of Nashoba will also welcome Jack O'Lantern Wine & Spirits, Berkshire Mountain Distillers and the Wachusett Brewing Company.
Other participating restaurants include Annie's Gluten-Free Bakery, Aroma Joes, Bailey's Bar & Grill, Comeketo Restaurant, Lucia's Tavola and Osawa Japanese Bistro.
The event will also be a showcase for lodging services that are open to visitors to the Nashoba Valley area, including hotels Boxboro Regency, the Groton Inn, the Westford Regency Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn and SpringHill Suites by Marriott, both located in the Devens Common Center.
"It's a great way for people to get a taste, if you will, of the area and decide whether they want to make the effort to go into certain restaurants," said Melissa Fetterhoff, president and CEO of the chamber.
Tickets are available online at the chamber's website, nvcoc.com, for $30 in advance and $35 at the door of the event.
Five-pack tickets are also available for sale for $125.
People planning to attend can also be charitable by purchasing tickets through the event's ticket partners, where $5 of every ticket sold will be donated to local non-profits.
Organizations include the Ayer Business Alliance, Friends of the Lawrence Library, Groton Fire Department, Westford Historical Society & Museum and the Groton-Dunstable Booster Club.
Those with questions can call the Chamber of Commerce office at 978-425-5761.