Grab a bite of Blaine and Birch Bay

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It’s time to sample the flavors of Blaine and Birch Bay.

The 15th annual Bite of Blaine is returning to the grand ballroom of the Semiahmoo Resort Golf & Spa on Monday, February 16 with proceeds going towards Blaine’s popular Fourth of July fireworks display, one of the biggest in the county. The display costs around $16,000 each year, and Bite of Blaine has been instrumental in making the fireworks a reality. Last year, organizers raised almost $7,000.

Representatives from 17 local restaurants will bring samples of their best dishes, giving diners a wide choice of different foods. Options like Chada Thai’s pineapple fried rice, Paso del Norte’s beef enchiladas and the Will’O Pub’s barbeque pork sliders are just a few of the great tastes guests can expect.

Carroll Solomon with the Blaine Chamber of Commerce said there will a few new treats at the Bite this year.

“Edaleen Dairy is going to be there for the first time this year,” she said. “A lot of other places in town have new owners and have changed up their menus a bit. The new owner at the Seaside Bakery is an excellent chef and will be bringing all kinds of desserts.”

Members of the Blaine Girl Scouts have volunteered to work the event, as have some of the directors of the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce.

As before, the evening will also feature live and silent auctions, with items donated by local businesses and residents.

As an added bonus, Semiahmoo is offering a special “Stay the Night at the Bite” promotion, offering a reduced rate for overnight stays from February 15 to 17. Visit semiahmoo.com to reserve a room from $99 a night.

The event will last from 6 to 8 p.m. A no-host bar will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person and must be purchased before the event. To buy, visit Pacific Building Center, 2677 Bell Road, or Blaine Visitor Information Center, 728 Peace Portal Drive. Tickets are also available by phone with a credit card by calling the information center at 332-4544.

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