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JWL preps for A Taste of Austintown

March 22, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The GFWC (Greater Federation of Women's Clubs) of Ohio-Austintown Junior Women's League's 41 members are closing in on the 11th year for their annual fundraiser "A Taste of Austintown." This year's event will be held on March 24 at 6 p.m. at the IMH Parish Center on Norquest Blvd.

"This year we have 18 vendors," said club member Ruty Patterson. "We've have had up to 20, but space is limited."

The vendors all show up to offer a "taste" of their specially created foods or drinks for guests to sample and vote on. Among some of the varieties of foods one could expect at the event are Baja chicken, Asian beef tenderloin, pizzas, pastas, Mexican, Italian, and Asian foods. Patterson said there are some foods that have been crowd favorites.

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Austintown Junior Women’s League members Janie Surman (Basket Chairwoman), Eileen Lozier, Parish Center on Norquest Bouelvard.

"Meat dishes from Rachel's Restaurant and Barry Dyngles, and wine from Hallidays Winery [have been among crowd favorites]," Patterson said.

The event brings more than just great food and drink. It also is a key fundraiser for the AJWL. It brings in around $4,000, which is used to provide scholarships for Austintown Fitch High School girls.

As for the vendors, they get a chance to compete with one another while raising the funds for the AJWL. The AJWL gives awards for best appetizer, best wine, most ethnic, while guests vote for the overall People's Choice Award, and judges vote for the overall Judges Choice Award.

Besides the great food and fun atmosphere, the event will also feature over 80 baskets for a bid auction, a lottery tree, a 50/50 raffle, a DJ, dancing, and a cash bar.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased from any AJWL member. More information about the event and the AJWL can be found on Facebook at AJWL2014 or at



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