Get your taste buds ready to sample culinary offerings from across Blaine and Birch Bay as the annual Bite of Blaine gears up for its 14th annual event on Monday, February 17.
This year’s Bite, hosted by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, will be held in the grand ballroom at Semiahmoo Resort Golf & Spa. The event will feature samples from 15 Blaine and Birch Bay restaurants, such as seafood mitkof from Via Birch Bay Cafe and Bistro and apple harvest chicken from The Will’O Pub & Cafe.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar and silent auction, followed by a chance for participants to sample dishes from the local restaurants. A live auction will follow at 7:30 p.m. and will feature items donated from the community, including gift certificates to local restaurants, a round of golf from Semiahmoo Resort and photography gift packages, Blaine Chamber of Commerce treasurer Kim Shea said.
The Bite will wrap up by 8:30 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for Blaine’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which is one of the largest displays in Whatcom County and typically lasts around 20 minutes, Blaine Chamber of Commerce secretary Carroll Solomon said.
“All of the profits will be going toward this year’s Fourth of July celebration,” Solomon said. “The fireworks usually cost the city around $16,000 and this fundraiser is a big help.”
Typically, the Bite of Blaine has been a sell-out event, bringing in close to 200 attendees each year and raising $4,000–$9,000 for the annual fireworks fund, Shea said. Both Shea and Solomon expect this year’s event to sell out yet again.
In addition to fundraising, the Bite coincides with the Blaine chamber’s annual meeting, and this year’s new board directors and member of the year will be introduced at the event.
Tickets can be purchased for $25 dollars at the Blaine Visitor Center or Pacific Building Center. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
For more information about the Bite of Blaine, visit blainechamber.com or call 360/332-6484.