By Cameron Rasmusson
Nothing quite says summer in Sandpoint like the Summer Sampler, the perfect event to experience the full range of local cuisine.
Brimming with activity and the excitement of a block party, the Summer Sampler has been a mainstay event of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade. With a wide selection of local restaurants participating this year, attendees can expect a great selection of local food, beer and wine. It all happens 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Farmin Park.
The event circulates around ticket purchases, with tickets costing $1 apiece and most food and drink items requiring three to seven tickets. With several tickets in hand, attendees can hit several vendors and take in a wide variety of drinks and dishes. Along the way, they can enjoy live music and — hopefully — some excellent North Idaho summer weather.
“This locals event is a chance to come out and try small bites and libations from Sandpoint’s finest,” said Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Communication Specialist Kristin Carlson. “Enjoy the food and drinks and live music by The Other White Meat, sponsored by Litehouse!”
What’s more, every 10 tickets purchased earns a chance to win a prize. This year, the Summer Sampler crew will be drawing tickets to award a pair of Festival at Sandpoint season passes.
Confirmed participating restaurants include: Trinity at City Beach, Jalapenos Family Mexican Restaurant, Eichardt’s, Sweet Lou’s, Laughing Dog Brewing, MickDuff’s Brewing Co., Pend d’Oreille Winery, The Fat Pig, Skeyes the Limit Catering, Connie’s Cafe, Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak, Mill Town Distillery and Panhandle Cone and Coffee. More restaurants may sign up before the event. In addition, the event is sponsored by BlueSky Broadcasting and Schweitzer.