The Taste of Wilson

The Taste of Wilson is The Arc of Wilson County's largest fund raiser of the year. Over the years, The TOW has grown and changed from year to year into what we have today. The money raised from The Taste of Wilson is used to fund Camp Sunshine.

At The Taste of Wilson, local restaurants provide samples of their food and beverages for patrons to sample. Tickets have 10 'tastes' available to be used at 10 different restaurants. Patrons are only allowed to visit each restaurant once so that everyone gets a chance to sample as many restaurants as possible.

The very first Taste of Wilson was held in 1993 in the Wilson Agricultural Center with approximately 12-15 restaurants participating. As the event grew, the location moved to Darden Alumni center for two years, and as the event grew even more, Parkwood (and then Wilson) Mall with up to about 40 restaurants providing samples of food to the patrons. With the closing of the interior of Wilson Mall in 2012, The Taste of Wilson was held at The City of Wilson Parks and Recreation Center for one year, and since 2013 has been held in Fike High School's Gymnasium. The Arc hopes to continue using the facilities at Fike for many years as there is ample parking, as well as access to the cafeteria for people to eat as well as room for the silent auction and other tables for tickets sales and raffles.


 To celebrate the 25th Anniversary Taste of Wilson, The Arc of Wilson County held a contest for local artists to submit a new Taste of Wilson logo.  The Arc's board of directors voted on several creative logo submissions for the new Taste of Wilson logo. However, there could only be one winner.  Mr. Benjamin Gufford Jr., a local art teacher, submitted the chosen logo. His logo combines both new and old with a chef hat as a nod to the now retired chef logo and silverware arranged in a whirligig-inspired circle as an homage to Wilson's fascination with the whimsical sculptures that have become almost synonymous with Wilson.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary Taste of Wilson, The Arc of Wilson County held a contest for local artists to submit a new Taste of Wilson logo.

The Arc's board of directors voted on several creative logo submissions for the new Taste of Wilson logo. However, there could only be one winner.

Mr. Benjamin Gufford Jr., a local art teacher, submitted the chosen logo. His logo combines both new and old with a chef hat as a nod to the now retired chef logo and silverware arranged in a whirligig-inspired circle as an homage to Wilson's fascination with the whimsical sculptures that have become almost synonymous with Wilson.


2018 Participating Restaurants

2018 Taste of Wilson Sponsors

Grand Patrons

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Equipment Sales and Service

Wilson Mold and Machine

Patrons

First Media Radio*

The Wilson Times*

Gold Sponsors

The Action Group - Human Resources Solutions

Chick-fil-A of Wilson*

Performance Heating & Cooling

Purdue Pharma L.P.

Silver Sponsors

BB&T

Carpets by David

Linamar Forgings, Inc.

State Farm - Chuck Finklea Agency

Stephenson Millwork Company

Western Sizzlin of Wilson

Bronze Sponsors

Alliance One Specialty Products, LLC

Bartlett Engineering

Dick's Hotdog Stand

Eastern Carolina Pediatrics

The Knights of Columbus Council #4660

 

*In-kind sponsorships