Sept. 5, 2017 PLYMOUTH VOICE.
Plymouth Michigan News
Love tropical treats? Wild about pizza or craving Asian food? Really have a taste for a great cupcake or piece of pie? Wonder how real Kobe beef or genuine Mexican street food tastes?
All that and many more mouth-watering treats can be found at the Plymouth Fall Festival Taste Fest this year when more than 21 restaurants will offer some of their finest menu items, all to benefit the work of the Plymouth Canton Civitans Club. The event, which has become the traditional opening of the Fall Festival, will once again take place in a huge 40 by 120-foot tent erected in the landscaped and manicured lower parking lot at Station 885 restaurant in Old Village from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.
Rob Costanza, owner of 885, has been helping the Civitans organize the Taste Fest for five years and donates heavily to the organization.
“They do so much good in this community,” Costanza said. “Really, this is such a good cause and these restaurants every year just knock themselves out with the dishes they bring.”
Costanza also praised the number of others who volunteered to help at the event and the number of donations of plastic tableware, cups, napkins and other needed items for the event. Again, this year, there will be bar service during the Taste Fest and Vinter’s Winery in Canton will be offering wine tastings.
Costanza has also booked one of his favorite bands for the evening, Paul Hicks and the Classics, and will have them continue on after the Taste Fest so people can enjoy the music and bar service until 11 in the outdoor patio-like atmosphere created by Serene Surroundings Landscape Group.
The cost for the Taste Fest which offers unlimited access to the menu items of all 21 restaurants is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10 and those 4 and younger are admitted at no cost with an adult.
Tickets are already on sale at the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and at Station 885.
Participants include Bahama Breeze, b.d.’s Mongolian Grill, Beyond Borders-Latin Street Food, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Cupcake Station, Detroit Jamz, Edible Arrangements, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Happy’s Pizza & Ribs, Jamerican Grill, Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop, LaBistecca Italian Grille, Rocky’s of Northville, Rusty Bucket, Scramblers, Station 885, tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza, Vintner’s Canton Winery, Westborn Market, Wok Asian Bistro of Northville and Zoup!.
Civitans member Kathy Turnquist who organizes the Taste Fest said that there may still be more restaurants participating.
“We’re really proud to be sponsoring this event,” she said. “These restaurants and food and drink establishments donate all the food, as well as donate the time to prepare and serve. We are so thankful to them,” she said.
All the funds made at the Taste Fest are used for the efforts of the Plymouth-Canton Civitan Club, which is celebrating 45 years of service to the community this year. The club donates to Special Olympics; provides scholarships; donates to The Devoted Barn a facility for abused animals; donates groceries to less fortunate families for Thanksgiving and Christmas; helps fund Multiple sclerosis research; donates to Cooke School for special needs students, provides sanitizing products for elementary schools and helps provide holiday gifts for 125 children in foster care.
Civitans fund the cleaning of Ford Road between Lilley and Canton Center, provide flowers for Kellogg Park and are Salvation Army bell ringers. They pack food boxed for Focus Hope and organize and work at Camp Civitan, a camp for special needs children, along with their contributions to United Way.
Last year, the Civitans were honored as the Salvation Army Service Club of the Year.
Station 885 is located at 885 Starkweather, near the railway tracks, in Old Village. For more information, call Turnquist at (734) 459-1896 or Costanza at (734) 459-0885.