MADISON, NJ - According to the weather,  Monday, April 15 will be 64 degrees and sunny.  Why not leave your winter coat at home, pay your taxes, and spring into the most gala event of the year: A Taste of Madison? You can sip varieties of wine, beer and liquor from thirty vendors provided by the Presenting Sponsor, Gary’s Wine and Marketplace and sup on gourmet tables of signature dishes from Madison restaurants. You can enjoy and at the same time help to promote downtown, support local charities and civic improvements.

Dave Morozoff, branch manager of Hilltop Community Bank at 177 Main Street and also a chair for the event said, “There’s a lot of planning and preparation involved in making this event happen. For 2013, I think we have a lot more activity, and I’m excited because we have more participation in the way of restaurants, and we’ve added coffee to the festivities which will be provided by The Drip.  I believe it will be an even better year.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at d torr boutique, 36 Main Street, Salvatore Minardi Salon, 8 Park Avenue and Gary’s Wine and Marketplace at 121 Main Street in Madison and via TasteofMadison.org. General admission tickets are $65 and permit entry at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $100 and permit an earlier entry of 6 p.m. The event concludes at 9:30 p.m.

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In 2012, almost 500 people attended the event and the netted proceeds were $36,000 which were shared equally between three partner organizations: the Rotary Club, the Downtown Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce.

“So many businesses have contributed food, wine, merchandise or financial support, so we’re expecting a really great turnout.  We’ve also added some new sponsors,”  Morozoff said.

Platinum Sponsor:  Stop & Shop

Gold Sponsors:  The Leegis Group, Realogy, MadisonPatch and Riedel (the wine glass company)

Silver Sponsors:  Union Center National Bank, The Alternative Press-New Providence, Fulton Bank, Madison Jaguar, L’Allegria Ristorante, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Omland Engineering Associates, New View Windows, Door and Siding,

Silent Auction Sponsor:  Hilltop Community Bank