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Diamond Point food fest approaching

Hundreds of food enthusiasts are expected to attend the third annual "A Taste of Diamond Point" community fest to be presented Saturday, July 24 by the friends, volunteers and congregation of the Diamond Point Community Church.

Eleven Diamond Point area establishments will be offering samples of their cuisine noon to 2 p.m. under tents set up on the grounds of the church, located at 3699 Lake Shore Drive.

Church members will be selling tickets for $1 each which "tasters" will use to purchase food samples. Establishments near the church have been invited to join in the event, which last year brought more focus to the activities available at the seasonal church and provided a culinary festival highlighting area businesses.

Church Trustee Jan Hayden said this is the only fundraiser the church will sponsor this year. In 2009, the church raised more than $2,400 during the festival.

As an added aspect of the event, the food establishments in the festival will be competing for a trophy for collecting the most tickets. Tasters can vote for their favorite establishments by purchasing samples from their booth. This is also a timely event for racing fans to kick-off the Saratoga track season, which opens the day prior.

The fundraiser for the 139-year-old house of worship will also include outdoor carnival-type games with prizes for the children, live musical entertainment provided by Ray Alexander with his jazz stylings, and the Denise Jordan Finley duo with Daniel Pagdon on bass. Tickets will also be for sale for $1 each for raffle drawings every half-hour during the event, which is to be held rain or shine.

Restaurants and other enterprises participating are Lake George Club, Boathouse Restaurant at Cresthaven, Inn at Erlowest, Ray's Helova Deli, Stable Gate Deli, Canoe Island Lodge, Famiglia's Italian Deli, Rain Tree Restaurant, Tired John's Barbeque, Stone Manor Restaurant at Blue Water Manor and Pumpernickel's Restaurant.

For details, contact the church at 668-2722 and leave a message or call 644-2925.

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