Taste of success

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2004

A new spring event seems to have gotten off to a great start last month according to sponsors and organizers of the first ever "Taste of the Kenai," at the Soldotna Sports Center. There were tons of door prizes at the food show, and an opportunity to taste unique Alaskan recipes and products. Some 60 vendors from the Kenai Peninsula offered samples of their products in an attempt to acquaint local residents and out of town visitors with their food, beverage, or services. "We were very pleased with the way it all came together for our first show, the visitors and vendors all seemed to have a great time," said Robyn Sullens, the event coordinator.

"It was great seeing everyone there," said Michelle Glaves, executive director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, "We were only a small part of the team, the team that took this great idea through to fruition. The Kenai Peninsula Borough came up with the idea to feature Kenai Wild Salmon along with other fantastic tastes from around the Kenai, because we have so many talented chefs, fantastic original recipes and great value added products on the Peninsula. The Taste was a great way to showcase these superb talents. On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and as a member of our community dedicated to promoting business, I believe the addition of the Taste of the Kenai will grow to be a great annual event for the entire Peninsula," added Glaves.

Robert Cider has owned Gwin's Lodge in Cooper Landing for the last ten years, the traditional way side inn for Peninsula travelers on their way to or from Anchorage. Cider came to the show to let everyone know the history of the lodge, and the changes that have occurred at Gwin's over the last decade, "We've created a year round work/play community that has become more than a lodge, but an experience for the visitor that will make Cooper Landing a visitors destination, and not just a rest stop," said Cider.

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