REGIONAL — The seventh-annual “Taste of Nashoba Valley,” sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, March 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Academy gymnasium in Groton.

The 2007 Taste Committee members have had several meetings in an effort to improve last year’s already successful event. For the second year in a row, the Taste Committee will partner with local non-profit organizations, offering those selected the opportunity to sell tickets while raising funds for their organization. Taste Committee Chairman Dave Allen of Allen Associates in Ayer, added, “Last year, when the Taste Committee added the ticket partnering program, we didn’t know what to anticipate. Over 900 residents attended the event. Because of the partners’ efforts, the Nashoba Valley Chamber donated over $2,500 to local non-profits. It is very rewarding to be able to support the community that supports us.”

The Chamber has also partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Loaves & Fishes for the seventh-annual Taste. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be manning the coat check, while accepting donations, and Loaves & Fishes will be selling water. BBBS of Greater Lowell and Nashoba Valley is a not-for-profit organization designed to meet the needs of at-risk children and youth. They serve 17 communities including Groton, Ayer, Littleton, Shirley and Townsend. Loaves & Fishes will sell water at the Taste to raise funds for their food pantry. Loaves & Fishes exists to serve people of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley by providing food, emergency shelter, resource referral, other temporary services, and by advocating for changes by its clients that will promote independence and self-reliance.

Representatives from the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, gourmet and ethnic markets, wineries, brew houses and local purveyors of fine liquors will once again offer samples of food and beverages. Taste attendees will vote for the “People’s Choice” award, giving guests the final say as to who is “Best in the Nashoba Valley.”

Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase online, through the Chamber office, or through the ticket partners.

The cost of the event is $17 in advance and for seniors (ages 62 and over) and $20 at the door. For further information call (978) 772-6976.