Taste of Lander Benefits Lander Pet Connection

 Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@K2tv.com
 Some of the best food Lander has to offer will be under one roof this Saturday at the Taste of Lander. Proceeds will go to the Lander Pet Connection.


 Apple Valley Market has been serving up home style cooking for over a year now.
They're just one of the restaurants that will be featured at The Taste of Lander this Saturday.

"We're going to have a few specialty dishes that we make here, to give people kind of a full representation of what we have and what we are capable of doing here at Apple Valley Market," said James Wynn, owner of Apple Valley Market in Lander.

Money raised by the Taste of Lander will go to the Lander Pet Connection.

"People walk around, they sample all the different food," said Alexandra Schriever, a board member at the Lander Pet Connection. "We have wine and beer and then we have a silent auction. So it's actually our biggest fund raiser and one of the main fund raisers that we do."

The event will take place at the Best Western in Lander and this is only the second year the Pet Connection is gathering some of Lander's finest foods under one roof.

"There is a lot more awareness about the event so we've had more people approach us, rather than us having to approach them," Schriever said.

Apple Valley Market will be one of ten vendors sampling their food.

"With out giving too much away before the big event, we're going to have a chicken dish, we're also going to have one of our most popular soups that we serve here," Wynn said.

They decided to take part in The Taste of Lander because they recognize the need for organizations like the Lander Pet Connection.

"I have a dog I've had four years now that I found at the dump and it's that kind of animal that needs help and support out there, that the Lander Pet Connection really comes through for," added Wynn.

The Taste of Lander will go from 6 to 9 Saturday night and the cost is $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

For more details and to see what animals are up for adoption, you can visit the Lander Pet Connection website at www.landerpets.org