Eat, drink and be charitable.
On Aug. 28 the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster will host the First Annual Taste of Westminster in the Sunken Garden at the Westminster Civic Center. Event hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All event proceeds will help provide a playground for children with special needs in Westminster, according to Kiwanis Club President Doug McIsaac.
“One of the most fundamental joys of being a child is playing,” McIsaac said. “That joy is not always so easily experienced for some children.”
McIsaac said that the playground would have equipment designed especially for children with special needs.
Westminster Mayor Margie Rice, also a Kiwanis Club member, endorsed the event. “I urge everyone to support us in this,” she said.
For $25 in advance or $30 at the door, patrons will be able to sample foods from 20 area vendors and listen to music provided by the Vietnamese American Philharmonic Orchestra, The Surf City All Stars and Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band.
A beer and wine garden will also be available for guests 21 and over. But alcoholic beverages will be sold individually and are not included in the entry fee.
McIsaac presented a preview of the event to the Westminster City Council on July 14. The club’s special event permit was on that meeting’s agenda and was approved by the Council.
Aside from its charitable side, the purpose of the event is to elevate the exposure of Westminster in Orange County. In time the Taste of Westminster event will be as popular as similar events in Newport Beach and Anaheim, McIsaac told the Council.