Some events don’t always live up to their name, but one that surely does is tonight’s fourth annual Taste of Cape Ann, scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 at Cruiseport Gloucester.
That’s because the event — hosted and sponsored by our own Gloucester Daily Times, gloucestertimes.com and Cape Ann magazine in conjunction with our Taste of the Times section and online video and recipe presentations — offers a variety of samplings of nearly two dozen food and beverage purveyors, ranging from longtime dining standbys like The Gloucester House and the Emerson Inn by the Sea, to newly opened eateries like Wally’s Blackburn Bistro and beverage vendors from Cape Ann Brewery to the Liquor Locker and Seabreeze Liquors.
Yet the Taste of Cape Ann, which drew upward of 300 visitors last spring and is now in its fourth year, offers something more. Beyond the literal food tastings, it also serves up a dose of community spirit and support. The classic culinary evening, you see, also serves as a fund-raiser for two of Cape Ann’s best-known and most important nonprofit organizations — The Open Door food pantry and human service agency, and Cape Ann Animal Aid, which moved into its new shelter last year.
Tickets are priced at $20 and are available at the door, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit beneficiaries.
So if you’ve been waiting for the chance to sample foods from 23 restaurants, caterers, beverage providers, or bake shops, tonight offers the opportunities to do precisely that — and help these agencies as well. Check it out; you’ll like what you find.