Taste. Repeat. Conquer.
The Taste of Woodstock started more than 12 years ago in the Woodstock High School cafeteria as a fundraiser for the school’s band. Five years ago, the school saw an opportunity to partner with the city of Woodstock, and introduce the event to a broader audience.
This year’s event, held on the Elm Street Event Green, highlighted 23 of Woodstock’s restaurants and food trucks. Entertainment was provided by the award-winning Woodstock High School Jazz Band, and several local up-and-coming musicians.
According to Brian Stockton, director of the city’s economic and downtown development, there were about 3,000 attendees with around 32,000 tickets sold. After dividing proceeds with the restaurants, based on the number of tickets collected, it is estimated the event generated about $8,000 for the Woodstock band.
The money will be used for new band uniforms, which cost an average of $350 per uniform, according to Robert Mitchell, the immediate past president and Taste of Woodstock chair for the Woodstock Wolverine band boosters. There are 175 marching band members.
“This comes at a critical time, as we are working hard to raise funds for new band uniforms in order to continue to compete at the high level that Woodstock is known for, usually winning our class and often in the running for Grand Champion at competitions,” Mitchell said. “We are so grateful for the partnership we have with the Woodstock Economic Development Authority, and we look forward to continuing to grow the event for our program and the community.”
Donations for the Woodstock High School Band can be made at www.thebandatwhs.com.