More than 200 patrons savored a smorgasbord of Valley fare during the second-annual Taste of the Valley dinner in Brawley on Friday.
“It’s a celebration of the ag economy in the Imperial Valley,” said Timothy Kelley, president and CEO of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. “Ag is our largest industry in the Imperial Valley. We wanted to make sure people know the importance of ag to the Imperial Valley.”
The IVEDC hosted the event, and proceeds from ticket sales benefited marketing of the agricultural community. Those in attendance sampled local delicacies from several tables. Catfish tacos, bacon-wrapped dates, salads and carrot cakes were among the dishes composed of 100 percent Valley-raised and grown ingredients. Guests enjoyed a live jazz band performance, as well.
Rep. Bob Filner, D-51st district, attended and sampled a wide array of dishes, including salad, tri-tip and meatballs, he said.
“It’s a great idea to not only raise money, but also people get a sense of what’s offered in the Valley,” Filner said. “It’s a nice occasion to celebrate.”