Great Tastes of Suntree returns after hiatus

Local restaurants will serve samples of their best food at Suntree Rotary Club's Great Taste of Suntree on Oct. 23.

Suntree Rotary Club’s Great Taste of Suntree returns Oct. 23 at Suntree Country Club.

The fundraiser, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is back for its 17th year from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the club at 1 Country Club Drive, just off North Wickham Road at St. Andrews Drive.

“I’m hoping that a lot of people will come out and have some great food, enjoy fine entertainment and have a chance to win raffles while supporting local children,” said Joann Meaker, the president of the Suntree Rotary Club. “We have lots of returning restaurants and some new ones as well.”

Local restaurants will serve samples of their best foods — entrees, appetizers and desserts. Some restaurants already signed up to participate include Niki’s, Perkins, Fiesta Azteca, Chez Quan, Grills Riverside, Fresh Market, Jimmy Johns and Amazing Grazes. Restaurants will compete for best decorated booths and best food, including the people’s choice honor.

“Come out, have some fun and have some great food,” said Alan Ross Frisher, a past president of the Rotary Club who is the master of ceremony for the event. “In the past, we’ve had wonderful responses. We’re hoping for the same this year.”

Saxman Fuqua will provide music. In addition, there will be two raffles — a 50/50, where the winning ticket-holder gets half the money in the pot; and two drawings for a foursome golf package at Suntree Country Club valued at $320 each. The two packages, donated by Suntree Country Club, include range golf balls, golf cart and greens fee. The golf raffle tickets are $10 each or five for $40 and can be purchased before or at the event.

Tickets for the charitable event are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at the club’s website at suntreerotary.org.

“It’s all for children’s charities this year,” Frisher said.

Suntree Rotary Club focuses its attention on children in need. Proceeds from the event will go toward children’s charities — locally to The Boys & Girls Club in Temple Terrace; and internationally to the upgrading of an elementary school in La Paz, Honduras. The school in La Paz does not have electricity or running water, and money raised will help alleviate these problems.

For more information, tickets, or to register as a sponsor or restaurant, contact JoAnn Meaker at 804-350-3084.