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Taste of the Gardens 2022 – Restaurants

Are you a Restaurant, Caterer or Food Truck interested in sharing your best “tastes” at this year’s event? Here’s more information and an application.

The Elkhart Rotary Club and Wellfield Botanic Gardens will celebrate the 13th Annual Taste of the Gardens on Sunday, August 28, 2022. This event attracts over 5,000 guests from a 90-mile radius annually. We are proud to offer this event again in 2022; we’re stronger and even more committed to a fun, meaningful event than ever before. We invite you to be a partner with us for this amazing day of live music, fine art, and of course, GREAT food! It wouldn’t be “Taste” without you!

Complete details may be found here: Taste of the Gardens 2022 Restaurant Application

To help offset our setup and staffing costs, we are asking each restaurant entity to provide a $150 sponsorship fee for the event (note: if you’re bringing multiple restaurants, you can still choose 1 sponsorship to cover them all). Your business will be promoted by Wellfield as a sponsor of the event on our social media, and we encourage you to tag us when you share the event on yours!

Download a printable Taste of the Gardens 2022 Restaurant Application, and submit your payment online or in person. You may also complete our online form below to indicate your interest, and we’ll reach out to you!

Deadline to apply is Monday, August 1.

How it works:
– You provide your best tastes; 3-5 items of small portion size (think: 3-4 bites), able to be served on small plates/bowls.
– Guests purchase $1 food tickets (grouped in $5 / $10 / $20 bundles) from central locations around the Gardens or in advance when they purchase admission.
– They use those food tickets to purchase your menu items (which should be priced at $1-6 each).
– Our volunteers collect the tickets throughout the day, we tally them and cut you a check in the days following the event.

To Apply:
Download and complete the application – Printable Taste of the Gardens 2022 Restaurant Application, and submit your payment online using this payment links.

Complete the form below indicating your interest, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Deadline to applyApplications must be received no later than Monday, August 1 to participate. Sponsor payment must be received to secure your place at the event.

Selling your tastes:
Once submitted and approved, we’ll share your menu items on our website and social media to help promote the event. Feel free to submit photos of your menu items to! Help us create a larger audience by sharing our event and your “tastes” on social media, tagging us in posts, promoting the event through your website, or simply by word of mouth.

Restaurant awards (look for results on our Facebook page):

Judging for “Best Taste” will take place before 12 p.m. on the day of the event. Fan Favorite will be based on ticket sales and guest feedback.

Interested in participating, but need more info? Fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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