New chamber to host first Taste of Bluffton

gsmith@islandpacket.comApril 11, 2013 

Get those forks ready.

The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will host the first Taste of Bluffton street fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Bluffton Village on State Street.

The family-friendly event will feature music, bounce houses to entertain the kids, and food from 35 vendors, most of them from Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. Bluffton Village is between the post office and library.

The food offerings will run the gamut from barbecue and lobster rolls to French fare and frozen yogurt.

"Most of the food samplings will not be over $6 or $7," said Vickie Buckley, member of the chamber's events committee. "So you won't fill up, and you can taste six or seven things there."

Beer, wine and other beverages will also be available for purchase.

There is no entry fee.

It's a first for the new chamber, a nonprofit started last year by a group that said it was time for the town to have its own chamber to help businesses network and market their services.

The 300-member chamber has held a business expo, seminars, socials and a Lowcountry boil and felt it was time to try a food event, said Shellie West Hodges, chamber executive director.

"There has not been a designated Taste of Bluffton," Hodges said. "This gives attention to Bluffton, attention to the restaurants. It's a great way to market the area."

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