Sign in to my account Stay Connected! Sign up for our eNews Newsletter

Contact Us Locations & Hours Library Jobs Printing Services Grab-N-Go Su biblioteca

CheckOut Programs for All Ages

Taste of Harford

Celebrate the diverse flavors and skills of our culinary community! Bring your friends, family, and appetite for a unforgettable day of food, music, art, and more.

The Taste of Harford will showcase Harford County restaurants, value-added agriculture producers, breweries, and wineries. Show your support for your favorite local food and beverage businesses by casting your vote for Harford County’s “Best Bite!” The popular vote contest includes all vendors and will be announced at 4:00 PM.

Proceeds benefit the Harford County Public Library programs, resources, and services.

Please come back in March to purchase tickets to this exciting event.

Vendor Participation

You are cordially invited to participate in the Taste of Harford, the ultimate buy-local culinary experience, on Sunday, May 19th from 1 pm to 4pm at Vignon Manor Farm to benefit Harford County Public Library.

This one-of-a-kind event will showcase local Harford County restaurants, wineries, breweries, and agricultural partners and is anticipated to attract more than 800 guests. Proceeds will be used to support Library programs, resources, and services accessible to all Harford County residents.

Participating restaurants, breweries, wineries, and agricultural producers will be recognized in online, print advertising, press releases, on the event website, and social media posts. In addition, participating businesses will be recognized on posters, flyers, event signage and programs, and flat screens in Harford County Public Library’s 11 branches. The marketing reach for participating businesses exceeds 700,000 views.

There is no cost for restaurants, breweries, wineries, or value-added agricultural businesses to participate, but participants are asked to provide 800 “tastes” of a specialty they would like to showcase at the event. The expense for “tastes” may be recognized as an in-kind donation to the Library. Partners will receive a letter recognizing the value of this expense, which is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We highly encourage restaurants to incorporate locally sourced ingredients and are happy to connect restaurants with our many wonderful local agricultural producers. A “Best Bite of Harford County” Competition will be held for multiple categories at the event and determined by the popular vote of attending guests.

Partners may provide additional tastes, sell additional products (applicable by law), gift certificates, and other items at the event and distribute promotional items at their table.

In addition, the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) will be awarding a “Golden Ticket” to compete at the World Food Championships in Indianapolis, IN, for the “Best Bite” featuring Blue Catfish.

All partners will be provided with a table, linens, and two chairs. Set up will begin at 9:00 AM. Partners are asked to remain at their table until 4 pm so that guests can learn more about their business.

Partners should fill out the Restaurant Partnership Inquiry form. To learn more about the Taste of Harford please contact Amber C. Shrodes at shrodes@hcplonline.org or by phone at 410.273.5600 X 6583.

We are honored by your consideration to partner with us at the Taste of Harford and look forward to working with you in the coming months.


Partnership Inquiry Form


Important Vendor Details

  • Participants must have a Harford County address.

  • There is no guarantee someone will not also offer a similar product, but we will attempt to reduce similar products as much as possible.

  • Confirm with the Harford County Health Department if a Temporary Food Service License is required by calling Justin Waszkiewicz at 410.877.2309 All vendors must apply and be approved by the Harford County Health Department by Monday, April 15, 2024

  • All participants must be approved by the Harford County Health Department to Participate

  • Participants should review the Harford County Health Department Temporary Food Service Facility Minimum Requirements

  • Participants should review the Harford County Health Department Application for a Temporary Food Service Facility License

  • Participants should must complete the Harford County Health Department Credit Card Payment Authorization Form

  • All participants must review the Harford County Health Department Temporary Event Inspection Report to be completed the day of the event


Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring, participating, or selling locally-made art or products at the Taste of Harford? Please contact Amber C. Shrodes to learn more!

Amber C. Shrodes
shrodes@hcplonline.org
410.273.5600 x 6583

Presenting: $5,000

  • 10 Tickets
  • Prominent Logo Recognition on screens in Library branches from April 1 to May 30
  • Prominent Logo Recognition on signage and event program
  • Table at the event
  • Opportunity to provide a logo-ed giveaway to all participants and attendees.
  • Recognition in event advertising, press releases, and social media posts.
  • Banner ad on the Taste of Harford event page on HCPLonline.org.

Supporting: $2,500

  • 6 Tickets
  • Logo Recognition on screens in Library branches from April 1 to May 30
  • Logo Recognition on signage and event program
  • Table at the event
  • Recognition in event advertising, press releases, and social media posts.

Contributing: $1,000

  • 2 Tickets
  • Logo Recognition on screens in Library branches from April 1 to May 30
  • Logo Recognition on signage and event program
  • Recognition in event advertising, press releases, and social media posts.


Event Partners