TRINITY — With three weeks to go until the Taste of Trinity & Business Expo, Diana Jerome is quick-fingered at her keyboard, tapping out email reminders for vendors and inviting members of the community to join on the Facebook event page.
The Taste of Trinity is one of Pasco’s best-known food and business expo festivals. Its goal is to showcase the diversity of Trinity’s dining and retail community. Numerous retailers are invited to display their business, as well as to offer an array of food in potluck fashion.
The idea for the community event started in 2008 when Diana Jerome, president and event coordinator, and the board of the school’s Parent Teacher Student Organization, brainstormed ways to give back to their educational business partners in the community.
What they came up with was a community event with “lots of food, lots of vendors and entertainment,” Jerome said. The first ToT was held in 2009 and is now in its fifth year. Last year, a record number of people attended the event at Seven Springs Middle School, with numbers reaching 1,000.
For $5 a ticket,and $15 for a family of four, students and their families will be able to literally sample what Trinity has to offer. Business partners of the school are then able to showcase their services to new audiences. All money raised goes to Seven Spring Middle School’s PTSO account.
“Proceeds from the event go directly back into students hands by way of enhancing technology at the school,” Jerome said.”
In the past, the money has been used to purchase iPads and document cameras for classroom use. After this year’s Taste of Trinity, the PTSO board will meet with Principal Christopher Dunning and his staff to see what the students’ and teachers’ needs are for the current school year.
“Technology changes fast and with budget cuts from the school district, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest,” Jerome said.
A number of new vendors will join the roster for the first time this year, Jerome said, but specifics won’t be released until closer to the event. In addition to what Jerome hopes to be more than 100 vendors, stage performances are scheduled every half hour and will include a show by J.W. Mitchell High School’s band.
The fifth taste of Trinity will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Seven Springs Middle School, 2441 Little Road, just north of J.W. Mitchell High School.
Vendors have until Sept. 6 to register to participate. For more information call Diana Jerome at (727) 645-2078 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.