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PHOTO: Vendors at the 2017 Taste of Williamson event / Photo courtesy of United Way

By BROOKE WANSER

For the 16th year, Taste of Williamson will return to the Cool Springs Galleria on Sunday as residents support local businesses and nonprofits by tasting their way through the county’s best cuisine.

Hosted to benefit United Way of Williamson County partners, the event benefits partner charities who sell tickets to the tasting.

By purchasing tickets through one of 22 nonprofits, which can be selected on the Taste of Williamson website, proceeds will benefit that organization.

Sara McManamy-Johnson, the marketing and communications specialist with United Way, said the event has raised over $400,000 for local charities to date.

The event will take up the first floor concourse at the mall, and the list of 30 vendors includes food, beverages and desserts from the Honeysuckle, Taziki’s, Merridee’s, Hattie Jane’s Creamery and Pueblo Real, among many others.

This year, Mayor Ken Moore and his wife, Linda, are the event chairs.

“Linda and I are honored to be part of this year’s Taste of Williamson,” said Moore in a release. “This is one of our community’s most anticipated events, and it’s a vital resource supporting our nonprofit community and the individuals they serve.”

March 5 through 10 is Restaurant Week, during which participating restaurants from the event will offer Taste of Williamson ticket holders 10 percent off purchases, excluding alcohol, tax and tip.

Caterers will give a 10 percent discount on box lunches ordered during restaurant week and used within 30 days. To receive these discounts, ticket holders can just present their ticket stubs from the event.

The Cool Springs Galleria serves as sponsor and event host, with Nissan as the presenting sponsor.

When: Sunday, March 4,  from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Cool Springs Galleria Mall

Cost: Tickets are $35 in advance online, and $40 at the doors.

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