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Delany Barrish, of 360 Deli, was among dozens of restaurant employees catering to hungry Lake Havasu City residents last year at “A Taste of Havasu.”

Taste of Havasu means different things to different people.

For some parents, it’s a night out and a chance to meet up with friends. For others, it’s an evening of savory food, fun and music. And then there are those who show up to support public education in Havasu.

No matter the motivation, Taste of Havasu is an outstanding bargain for all who attend.

“For $20, you have the opportunity to sample food and beverages from 15 different Havasu vendors. It’s a great deal,” said Monica Hall. She’s the chairman of the K-12 Foundation, a 15-year-old organization that supports local schools through a variety of programs. Taste of Havasu is its biggest annual fund raiser.

Taste of Havasu is Oct. 22, 5-7:30 p.m., at SARA Park’s Rodeo Grounds.

A ticket entitles the bearer to food and beverage samples, live country music and bounce houses for the tots. Each restaurant gives a sample, not a full serving. Craft beer and other beverages are available for purchase.

“Vendors donate all their products,” Hall said. “They do it to support education and to showcase their food.”

Tickets in advance are $20 for adults and $10 kids ages 5-12. At the event, tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Children 4 and under are free.

Advance tickets are sold until Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo Main Branch, Mohave State Bank, College Street Brewhouse, Gold Star Engraving, Scoops Ice Cream and Horizon Community Bank.

Enjoy tastes from Cha Bones, College Street Brewhouse, Lin’s Little China, Shugrue’s Cornerside Bakery, Mudshark Brewery, Niko’s Grill & Pub, River Blend Coffee Co., Scoops, Stevie B’s Mister Lemonade, Taher Food Service, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Copper Still Distillery, Ohana Poke Bowl, Romer Beverage Company and Boat House Grill.

All proceeds are used by the K-12 Foundation to support local schools. Taste of Havasu organizers printed 900 tickets. Hall said the event is typically a sell-out.

“We have five new vendors this year and we’re excited to have them. This is our biggest moneymaker. We use the funds for the STEM program, peer-to-peer math counseling at the high school and scholarships,” she said.

Jim Day took the lead to organize the event when the late Marquita McKnight announced she was ill in early September. She passed away Sept. 28.

“Marquita handled this event for at least 10 years,” Hall said. “We all had to pitch in and take over when she couldn’t do it anymore. Jim has done a great job. And I’d like to think that Marquita will be there in spirit when we have this year’s Taste of Havasu.”

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