More than 25 restaurants participating in Taste of Wilson

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The Arc of Wilson has been raising money and delighting foodies for the past 22 years, and this year will be no different.

On Tuesday, the 23rd annual Taste of Wilson will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fike High School gymnasium, 500 Harrison Drive.

The organization’s largest fundraiser, the Taste of Wilson helps fund The Arc’s Camp Sunshine, an annual summer camp for school-age children with developmental disabilities in Wilson. The Arc, a United Way of Wilson partner agency, promotes and supports all activities in Wilson County that benefit the lives of citizens with developmental disabilities.

More than 25 restaurants will take part in this year’s event, with first-time participants including The Beefmastor Inn, Bill’s Grill, Denny’s, Los Catering Service, Pup’s Steakhouse, Oh! My Lard, Wildflour’s Cakes and Confections, Savory & Sweet and the Wilson Doughnut Shop.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $11 if purchased online, and $12 at the door. One ticket allows each ticket holder one taste from 10 different participating restaurants. Regular Taste of Wilson attendees have learned that taking a tray or box lid can help with carrying all their chosen food.

Another element of the fundraiser that evening is the silent auction, which takes place down the hall in Fike High School’s cafeteria. The cafeteria serves double duty as a place to eat your restaurant “tastes” and as home to the event’s auction, which is worth attending even if you’re not interested in the restaurant aspect of the evening.

The auction features deals on everything from artwork, handmade pottery, furniture, birdhouses, sports memorabilia, jewelry and gift cards for — among other things — restaurants, museums, auto services and entertainment. The silent auction is open from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with bidding ending promptly at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at The Arc of Wilson office/United Way of Wilson office at 509 W. Nash St., Chick-fil-A on Forest Hills Road, and at the Bailey Café, 12544 Hanover St., Bailey.

Online tickets are available at www.arcofwilsonnc.org/taste-tix.

For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, call the Arc of Wilson at 237-8266 or visit the website at www.arcofwilsonnc.org/2016TOW.