Taste of Tomahawk Brings in the CrowdsSubmitted: 03/17/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

TOMAHAWK - Ever wanted to sample beer without paying for it?

One local town held their own taste testing Saturday afternoon.

"Shopping in the grocery story isn't fun. Going shopping isn't," said Great Lake Food Owner, Storm.

"But if we can make it a little more fun and people can taste something we do and they go 'Hey how do you do that?' and they can do it, that's what it's all about."

That's exactly what Taste of Tomahawk was all about Saturday afternoon.

"You see these products in the store or want to go to their shop, but not quite sure you want to get it," participant Greg Zipp said.

"Here's a little chance just to have a little bit of a lot of things. So you can taste it and what you know that you like, you can go back and get."

"It's a good experience. You get to taste different beers different wines it's very nice," said participant Billy Hill.

"You get to meet a lot of nice people and it's a good way to get tomahawk on the map."

This is the tenth year for the wine and beer tasting.

Not only did they have a record breaking crowd, but organizers added something different this year.

"We have a lot of food tables. We have ten food tables this year which we've never had before," said Tomahawk Chamber Member Service Coordinator, Jan Arends.

"We have a record mark food tables this year. And we are very very happy to have them."

And if you've had one too many beers, you have a safe option to get home.

"The Inshalla Country Club is a part of the Tavern League which offers the Safe Ride Home program. So we always have that available." Arends said.

"They try to keep the four hours minimum so people won't get too intoxicated." said Hill.

Whether or not people visit the venders after this event, one business owner thinks it's just about being a part of the community.

"Tomahawk is a small town that's trying to survive with big towns all around it," Storm said.

"You have to be a part of that community. And if you're not going to dance, no one's going to dance with you."

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