James Island Outreach hosts Taste of James Island

Anne Cofer, a volunteer from Harborview Presbyterian Churchfills bags with groceries at James Island Outreach in 2011. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com)

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Usually when community groups are invited to cook competitively for charity, they’re required to present a specific dish, such as chili or barbecue. At Taste of James Island, though, participants are free to submit anything they choose.

“It’s pretty much whatever they want to do,” organizer Rhoda Brown says. “We’ve had doughnuts, stir-fries, different types of meats and vegetables.”

The free event hosted by James Island Outreach is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 2. In addition to the cooking contest, the festivities include children’s activities and a performance by The Plantation Singers. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable items for the food pantry, but Brown stresses no donation is required.

In past years, the cooking contest has been restricted to church groups. But this year, a concurrent contest will pit the fire department against the police department. The agencies may well appreciate not having to compete in the church division, since Brown says the area’s church groups live up to their reputation as producers of high-quality food.

“Oh, it’s very good,” Brown says.

Entries will be available for sampling.

Taste of James Island will be held on the James Island Christian School soccer field, 15 Cross Creek Dr. For more information, call 532-2809.