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Chamber ready to dig into annual Taste of Effingham
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Another big crowd is expected for the annual Taste of Effingham, set for March 3 at the ECRP gym. - photo by Photo provided

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced plans to hold its sixth annual “Taste of Effingham” presented by Vision Financial on March 3.

The Effingham Chamber will hold the event in the Effingham County Recreation and Parks gymnasium on Highway 119 in Springfield.

“With the number and wide variety of restaurants now in the area, it’s an idea that has really taken off,” said Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott.

The Chamber expects to have 16 booths or more featured. For one price, attendees can sample treats from a room full of restaurants and caterers, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer, soft drink or water. There also will be a silent auction, and Lott said he is working to put together “a first-class” auction, including weekend hotel packages.

“This is one auction you won’t want to miss,” he said.

With St. Patrick’s Day two weeks away, the event also serves as Effingham’s own St. Patrick’s Day celebration, with popular Irish musician Harry O’Donoghue performing.

For those interested in having a food booth for the event, sign up and start deciding what kind of mouth-watering items you will want to present to the audience.

Some of the restaurants already signed up are the Laughing Boar with Chef Nick Mueller, Schnitzel Shack, El Real, the Tin Fin, Horton’s Meats and Sausage, Southern Café on 17, and B&R Backyard BBQ.

“We are expecting a crowd of between 500 and 600,” Lott said. “What a great way to kick off the spring in Effingham County. You won’t want to miss it.”

Restaurants and sponsors are being taken. Sponsors already signed up include Vision Financial, Rincon Chevrolet, Effingham Health System, Renssant Bank, the Effingham Herald, Effingham NOW/Savannah Morning News, Georgia Power, Ameris Bank, Georgia Transformer, GeoVista Credit Union, Edwards Interiors, Coldwell Banker, and Savannah Coca Cola.

Springfield City Council members approved the special event application for the Taste of Effingham at their Jan. 12 meeting. Lott said they look at the hours of the event, currently from 5-7 p.m., each year.

“We try to be sensitive since it is a worknight,” he said, “so we try night to go too late.”

For more information on participating, email or call the Chamber office at 754-3301.