PITTSTON — When a second or third helping isn’t enough, the fourth might be the charm.
The Taste of Greater Pittston will make its fourth appearance this year and is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Pittston Memorial Library. Lisa Joyce, library board member and event chairperson for the event, said this year’s event has extra meaning.
“The event is being held inside the brand new community room, the John P. Cosgrove Center,” she said. “We’re excited because this is a fundraiser for the library and, in the past, we’ve had to pay for tents and things like that which decreased our fundraising process. Not only are we excited for the expansion but the room is amazing. The lighting from the windows makes it feel like you’re still outside.”
Joyce said all funding earned from the Taste of Greater Pittston is used for day-to-day activities for the library such as paying salaries, insurances and bills.
A voting contest for best home-brewed craft beer will be held, as will voting for best red and white wine.
Winners will receive a hand-painted trophy made my Pittston Area High School art teacher Judy Greenwald.
John Casey Donahue was voted as having the best red wine at last year’s event while Dave Fusco was the winner of the best white wine.
Other contests feature a 50/50 drawing with gift cards to local restaurants as prizes.
Just Fred’s Custom Catering, Purple Squirrel Bakery, Cooper’s Seafood, Peculiar Culinary Company and Napoli’s Pizza will cater the event with music provided by local musician Robb Brown.
Joyce received help from Pittston Tomato Festival chairperson Lori Nocito, who serves as co-chairperson of this year’s event.
“Every year we have a host who co-chairs along with me and that’s someone we’ve asked to get involved and this year it’s Lori Nocito,” said Joyce. “Our first year we had nobody, our second year we had Candace Kelly from WBRE and then last year it was Scott Shaffer from WNEP.”
Joyce has much to look forward to this year, especially for more people to enjoy the new John P. Cosgrove Center.
“I’m looking forward to getting the library and community involved and seeing our new expansion and what the library has to offer,” said Joyce. “What I’ve learned from the past few years is organizing it is pretty easy, but it’s the heartfelt community and the outcomes we get from the community as well as the vendors who give their time with their products. Those things I learned to appreciate and their generosity, as well.”