Taste of Edgar promotes local food, wellness

Event, now in its fourth year, brings food vendors, residents together to sample locally grown food from across the county.

Edgar County Farm Bureau Vice President Amanda Tate asks Taste of Edgar attendees agriculture-themed trivia questions. Correct answers earned attendees Farm Bucks to spend with vendors. (Photo by Wyatt Williamson)

By Wyatt Williamson

Edgar County Farm Bureau and its foundation recently held the Annual Taste of Edgar at the Ernie Eveland Gym. The event, now in its fourth year, brought 200 people through the doors to taste local food from every corner of the county.         

This year’s event brought more food vendors than ever before and, with exceptional weather, patrons were lined up outside the venue before the doors opened at 3 p.m.  

Food vendors included Smoke Trail BBQ, Parkers Garage, Hidden Garden Antiques & Tea, L&A Farms, Monical’s, Grand Oak Artisan Bread, Pride of the Prairie Honey, Redmon Pit Stop, Circle H Honey, Sweet Vintage, Millcreek Meats, Betty Jane’s Kitchen and B & B produce. Health and living vendors included Bee Well, Lip Sense, Norwex and Get It To The Bin.

The event promoted local food and wellness while raising funds for the Edgar County Ag in the Classroom program, which provides free lessons about agriculture to every elementary school in the county. The event raised more than $3,200 for Ag in the Classroom programs.

Patrons also had the opportunity to win “Farm Bucks” by answering ag trivia questions. Those dollars could be used to buy food and drink during the event.

The Edgar County Farm Bureau and Foundations would like to thank event sponsors, vendors and volunteers who graciously donate money, time and products to make this a successful event each year.

Wyatt Williamson serves as Edgar County Farm Bureau manager.