Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Warwick canceled

Warwick. Chamber’s Board working on plan to help showcase vendors for an event that contributed to the community in so many ways.

| 01 Sep 2020 | 11:31

Last year the weather was picture perfect and, with more than 300 tickets sold, it was a record turnout for the 25th annual Taste of Warwick

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, this year’s event, which would have been held next Tuesday evening, has been canceled.

Each year the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce held A Taste of Warwick as a showcase of the region’s best restaurant chefs, caterers, markets, florists and wine merchants.

The event always took place on the picturesque grounds of the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. And, as the Taste of Warwick highlights local cuisine, it also contributed to a sense of community.

During the 25 years that the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce has hosted this popular event, Peck’s Wines and Spirits holds the record for having participated every year

“It’s a shame,” said Peck’s owner Bill Iurato. “It was a fun event and an opportunity to meet new people who were there to socialize and learn about what all the vendors had to offer. And it was a benefit for the Chamber.”

The runner up for participating in the most Taste of Warwick events was The Landmark Inn, which only missed one year due to an unavoidable circumstance.

“I understand this was the right decision,” said Landmark Inn Chef/Owner Michael DiMartino. “We loved participating, doing something for the community, giving back and showcasing what we have to offer. And, since we rarely get together, it was also a great opportunity to meet with other chefs and owners.”

The Chamber’s Executive Director Michael Johndrow reported that his Board of Directors are working on a plan to bring attention to the vendors who usually support A Taste of Warwick. Details to follow.