How the Taste lasts more than just 1 weekend

By Kelsey Foster | Aug 07, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Edmonds' Moonshine BBQ is just one of many food vendors at the Taste.

While A Taste of Edmonds takes place over the course of just three days each August, the impact of the annual festival has a much broader reach that many don’t realize.

Each August, the sight of the fencing lining the streets near Sixth and Bell and the multitude of tents springing up signals that the annual A Taste of Edmonds is upon us.

And whether you visit the festival or not, chances are good you may be enjoying the Taste all year round.

That’s because it serves as the main annual fundraiser for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Revenue generated over this weekend funds free community events throughout the entire year – community events that thousands of families participate in and enjoy.

Each September, the Chamber hosts the Edmonds Classic Car Show. This annual free event draws a crowd of over 10,000 to the downtown core to view more than 300 classic cars that line the streets.

The car show takes place this year on Sunday, Sept. 10.

In October each year, the Chamber puts on the Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night. Streets are closed to traffic so that over 5,000 costumed kids (and pets) can safely roam as they collect bags full of goodies. There is also music and a costume contest.

The holiday season kicks off each year with the Edmonds Tree Lighting hosted by the Chamber. Families gather in the streets around Centennial Plaza to enjoy singing, Santa and the countdown to lighting up the giant tree.

And the largest free community event by far is And Edmonds Kind of 4th celebration, which the Chamber has sponsored for 110 years running.

An Edmonds Kind of 4th features many activities: the 5K and 1K races, two parades, the firefighters’ waterball competition, and even a mustache contest.

The event culminates in a big party at Civic Field with food, music, and fireworks. An estimated 15,000 watch the parade and 10,000 watch the fireworks each year.

Altogether, these events cost over $90,000 to produce. Money generated through the Taste allows thousands of people to enjoy community events through the entire year, for free.

Additionally, A Taste of Edmonds provides over $24,000 to local nonprofit and service clubs.

Tips collected at the beer and wine gardens are donated to the Edmonds Boys & Girls Club. The highest amount collected was $6,600. This money supports the Boys & Girls Club in their mission to provide youth between the ages of 5 and 18 a safe, positive and fun environment with a variety of activities.

The friendly folks at the entry gates are from local service clubs. A Taste of Edmonds donates $1500 each year to help fund their programs that serve local families.

Incoming seniors from Edmonds Woodway High School volunteer to collect trash each year in exchange for a $4000 donation that helps with their annual graduation party.

A Taste of Edmonds is Aug.11-13 at Civic Field. Daily entry fee is $5, 12 and under free.

A free shuttle runs every 15 minutes from Edmonds-Woodway High School.

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