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Taste of Gainesville rescheduled for April

By Jane Harrison
 
The first Saturday of Autumn came and went without a Lake Lanier tradition. The Lake Lanier Rowing Club rescheduled its annual Taste of Gainesville at Lake Lanier Olympic Park for April.
 
The al fresco dining rite of fall has drawn thousands for more than 20 years to sample restaurant specialties on the lakeside plaza. The classy, but casual fundraiser for LLRC junior rowers seats patrons at tables adorned with white tablecloths and fresh flowers. Local musicians set the tone with soft rock and pop tunes.
 
“There were major changes on the (LLRC) executive board (in July) and no one was on the bandwagon quick enough to make it as good as last year’s,” said LLRC Junior Coach Tracy Mayo.

She added that only two members from last year’s dinner organizers were available to help and the new board members lacked the experience to rustle up restaurateurs for vittles, sell tickets, and set the scene. LLRC officers did not respond in time for this story.
 
Additionally, the junior coach indicated that University of Georgia home football games in September upset the dinner schedule. “So many Georgia fans go to home games,” she said. Plus Taste of Flowery Branch was set for the same date originally planned for the Gainesville’s event, Sept. 23.
 
Mayo said the Gainesville dinner “has not been canceled but moved to spring of 2018” in April. Diners who missed it will get a second helping next year: LLRC also plans a fall Taste of Gainesville.

Posted online 9/29/17
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