It's 18 years and counting now for United Way of Mesa County's Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley.

This annual fundraiser for United Way of Mesa County and the agencies they fund just keeps going and going and going.I can't say I have attended this event every year, but I've been to most of them. It's just a really cool event. I strongly suggest everyone experience the Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley at least once.

More than 20 vendors will fill Meyer Ballroom on the campus of Colorado Mesa University on Monday, February 3. Attendees will be sampling food and beverages, viewing cooking demonstrations, and purchasing half-price gift cards to more than 30 local businesses. Everyone attending will have a chance to vote for their favorite in each category.

Typically, more than 1,000 people attend the Taste of the Grand Valley to support United Way, but also to experience first-hand the food offerings of various providers in the valley. I would say everyone will find at least one - if not more - place they've never encountered before but love so much they'll make plans to do business with them in the near future.

This year's vendor list at Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley includes:
* Four Winds Coffee & Tea
* The Zesty Moose
* PizzaAmore'
* Enstrom's
* The Ribber
* Zoup
* Mesa County Cattlewomen
* Gumbo Lov
* Cowboy and the Rose
* Be Sweet Cake * Bakeshop
* Fresh Side Cafe- Career Center
* Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill
* Ocotillo Restaurant + Bar
* Old Chicago
* Buffalo Wild Wings
* Famous Dave's
* The Flying Pig
* Lily Purrl's Kitchen
* Colorado Q
* Baklava by Linda
* Talbott's Mountain Gold

Tickets for the event are available at 970tix.com, Home Loan Insurance, Enstrom Candies, and United Way. The advance ticket price is $15 and will be $5 more at the door. The event goes from 4:00-7:30 and I can tell you, the earlier you arrive, the happier you will be.

Free parking will be available in the University Center parking garage on the 2nd floor and above. Again this year, a free shuttle is provided from Lincoln Park, and golf cart shuttles will be running at the CMU drop off.

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