By Elizabeth Riggs

Serving up 37 different foods from six local restaurants, the 13th Annual Taste of the Southtowns is set for April 23 at St. Aloysius Hall in Springville. Offering guests a unique opportunity to try a variety of gourmet entrees, the event will feature everything from seafood chowder and maple salmon, to chicken pot pie and bacon wrapped tenderloin.

Serving up dishes at the event are a few Southtowns favorites including Chanderson’s (Yorkshire), Colden Market & Café (Colden), Colden Mill Restaurant (Colden), Fiesta Bamba (Springville & Chaffee), Mary’s Fireside Inn (East Concord) and Springville Country Club.

Pricing for the gourmet entrees will be split into different mouth-watering tiers. For $2 each, guests can sample: loaded mashed potatoes; steak in the grass pizza; chicken, feta & rosemary meatballs; tacos (beef or chicken), tostadas (beef or chicken); seafood chowder; cream puffs; or spring rolls.

The list of $3 tastes includes: seafood dip; tuxedo cake; Italian wedding soup; Asian beef noodle soup; double chocolate brownies; chicken wing dip; or calamari.

Four dollar ($4) choices include: beef on weck; fruit pies; mac and cheese; cheese tortellini; prime rib corn dogs; fried ice cream; chicken quesadillas; flan custard; pulled pork sandwiches; maple salmon; or stuffed peppers.

Finally, $5 entrees include: chicken pot pie; sea scallops; chicken chimichangas; mini taco salads; bacon wrapped tenderloin; or crab cakes. Pop, water and coffee also will be available for $1 each.

If the above food items aren’t enough reason to attend, perhaps a Chinese Auction and a silent auction will be. Fifty different baskets will all be raffled off at the event, with prizes including hotel stays, bird photographs, and more.

The cherry on top of this mouthwatering event is live entertainment from bands Wagner & Winston and The Rustic Ramblers, featuring Gene Hilts on steel guitar.

The Taste of the Southtowns is hosted by Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delevan, a privately-owned, non-profit bird sanctuary boasting the two largest covered aviaries in the world and more than 78 species of birds. The sanctuary has more than 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans, koi fish and a gift shop. Proceeds from the event will be used by the sanctuary to support upkeep of the facility as well as help it grow and add new species.

The five-acre sanctuary is owned by Milton and Rosemary Miner, who have dedicated their lives to the sanctuary, which also happens to be their home.

“I’ve always loved birds. I had a parakeet when I was little,” said Rosemary Miner. “When we were living in Holland, we had a pond and some ducks came to it, and that’s how we got started.”

The couple eventually moved to their current location in Delevan in 1999, and have added more birds and species to their sanctuary since then, including some of the world’s rarest.

“We have the rarest duck in the world; a freckled duck. They’re from Australia,” Miner said. “We also have the rarest goose in the world; a red breasted goose from Siberia.”

The Miners hope that the Taste of the Southtowns will build awareness and support for their efforts.

“This is the best way to help bring people from the Springville area that want to support us and raise money for the birds,” Miner said. “We hope a lot of people come. It’s really the best taste event around all of Western New York because it’s a gourmet taste. There’s no place around where you could buy all of those gourmet foods.”

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin Street, Springville. Admission is free with the purchase of food or Chinese auction tickets.

For more information on the Taste of the Southtowns or the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, visit their website: