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Get ready to take a 'Bite of the Valley'

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NORTH BEND - You might want to wear loose clothing to the 10th annual Bite of the Valley event on March 31, because you'll likely need the extra room to accommodate all the delicious food.

The event, hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, will feature about 15 local restaurants, caterers and coffee vendors peddling their finest fare for the eager attendees at the Mount Si Senior Center.

Desserts, dinners and beverages - alcoholic and not - will be available at the popular event that offers something for everybody. And there's usually plenty of hungry people at the Bite of the Valley. In the past three years the event has attracted about 300 people per year.

"It's always a good time," said event coordinator Sue Beauvais.

In addition to food and drink, the event also features a raffle for a weekend trip to San Francisco. Tickets for the raffle are $1 and will be available at the event - they are currently available at local banks. Winners will stay two nights at the historic Carlton Hotel. The drawing will take place at 7:30 p.m. You need to be present to win. The Carlton Hotel is located near Fisherman's Wharf, known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping.

The $12 price of admission per person includes food and two tickets for soda, wine or beer. You must be 21 or older to attend. You will not be able to purchase additional alcohol at the event.

Keeping with the philosophy that if it's not broken don't fix it, no big changes are scheduled for this year's event. The mainstay vendors, such as The Reef, Gordy's Steak & BBQ Smokehouse and Scott's Dairy Freeze, return in 2004.

According to Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Schaffer, next year's event could change location and time of year.

With the event slowly outgrowing its current digs, Schaffer said the Bite could move to an outdoor venue later in the year. The move would allow the chamber to section off the alcohol sales allowing organizers to open the event to all ages.

Travis Peterson can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at travis.peterson@valleyrecord.com

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