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Foster Road businesses host 'Tasting Tour'

DAVID F. ASHTON - Troubadour Brian Oberlin entertains, during the Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour stop at Carts on Foster. While looking for a new summertime promotional event, members and leaders of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) settled on an inaugural “Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour”, which took place on Saturday, July 9.

The tour was in the category of a “pub crawl”, in which people go from one establishment to another to sample beer, wine, and liquor.

But the event also featured “All Ages” routes, with family-friendly places to visit, including Carts on Foster, Nayar Taqueria, Portland Mercado, and Red Castle Games.

“The event gives people a reason to get out and experience the many good establishments up and down Foster Road, and meet their owners,” explained tour organizer Justin Amrine, proprietor of Starday Tavern.

In addition to encouraging folks to explore Foster Road businesses, the promotion included each participating store giving out “passports” and stickers, making visitors eligible to win prizes.

“The best thing to come out of this, for the business district, is bringing our business owners together,” Amrine said. “When business owners come together on the same team, we support one another. There are plenty of customers for all of us.”

To stay in touch with FABA, visit their official website: fosterarea.com