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‘Taste of Henry’ to benefit local nonprofit
by Nneka M. Okona
April 17, 2013 11:13 AM | 4692 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jill Holder and Nan Jenkins at the Jason T. Harper Event Center in McDonough.
Jill Holder and Nan Jenkins at the Jason T. Harper Event Center in McDonough.
A culinary delight for Henry County residents, Taste of Henry, will find its home at the Jason T. Harper Event Center Friday.

The event, which begins at 6 and ends at 9 p.m., will feature more than 25 restaurants in the Henry County area.

New restaurants to be featured at this year’s event include Spice Box Express, offering Indian dishes, Yo Tops Yogurt, frozen yogurt with a multitude of candy and fresh fruit toppings and SmoQue House BBQ, a new barbecue eatery in Stockbridge.

Admission is $20 for those 13 and older, $15 for those 65 and older and $5 for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

All admission prices include an entrance wristband.

Children’s admission also includes two Kid Zone tickets.

The first 500 attendees will receive a VIT — Very Important Taster — treat bag with items from participating restaurants, vendors and sponsors.

Many may not know, however, the premise of the event with food galore is to benefit A Friend’s House, a nonprofit organization based in McDonough.

The organization’s mission is to be an advocate for children in crisis, especially in terms of providing emotional and physical assistance with counseling, medical treatment, academic assistance and recreational services.

Nan Jenkins, one of the event’s coordinators and an employee of the organization, said she has been involved with the event for the past five years.

“This is actually my third year helping to plan more although I’ve been involved for the past five years,” she said. “[The Taste of Henry] has always been a fundraiser for A Friend’s House.”

Jenkins said this is the 12th Taste of Henry as the organization has been around for the past 14 years.

In addition to the tasting of the nibbles of food from various restaurants are a children’s area with a balloon artisan, face painting and a school bus converted into a game area.

Atlanta Motor Speedway representatives will also be on hand to sell raffle tickets to the Labor Day race at the tracks.

Jenkins said the event is a great one to attend not only because of the cause but because of the community appeal.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to get together,” she said. “We watch so many people see those they haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a win-win all the way around.”

Jenkins said an estimated 1,500 people attended the event last year.

Jason T. Harper Event Center is at 95 Lake Dow Road in McDonough.

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