NORTH CANTON  New Work City Foundation Board Member Kathy Yaros said the goal of Taste of North Canton is to have fun, raise money and help create jobs. That’s what the event has been doing for the past decade.

Founded in 2008, the focus then was helping people through the recession and specifically helping North Canton workers through the loss of the Hoover Company. The job market has improved significantly since then but Yaros said they are still focused on helping small businesses and local non-profits afford to hire people.

"The money we raise at the Taste of North Canton will go out to non-profits and small businesses in the area that would like to hire another person but may need some financial help to do so," Yaros said. "New Work City helps with hiring a new person through grants. The grant money can help pay the person’s salary."

Yaros said the Foundation usually raises enough money each event to award three or four grants. The New Work City Foundation has given out more than $56,000 to companies like Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center, Idea House Educational Services, A Chorus for a Cause, ReStore, SOL Pie Pizza, 4 Cookies Diva and many more.

The 20 vendors attending the May 2 event at Arrowhead Golf Club were serving samples of their favorite items. Eateries at the event this year included B.A.M., SOL Pie Pizza, Smoke the Burger Joint and The Raging Avocado. There was also a silent auction for a variety of gift baskets.

Taste of North Canton is the signature fundraising event for New Work City and typically draws 300 to 500 people every year. Chore Chasers was the major sponsor this year. New Work City has also helped found the Taste of Plain and Taste of Alliance events.

Taste of North Canton People’s Choice Winners: SOL Pie Pizza (two-time winner)

Best New Restaurant: The Raging Avocado (Scheduled to open Mid-May)