PLATTSBURGH While fall is typically known for the changing of leaves into a brilliant hue, in the North Country, it also means its the time of year for one of the areas most highly-anticipated events Taste of the North Country. The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce will host its annual offering of food and drink from local restaurants and businesses this Thursday, Nov. 6, at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Field House on Rugar Street. The event, now in its 13th year, is one that offers visitors a sampling of local cuisine and a chance to take home any of the hundreds of items donated for the events silent and live auctions. Jody A. Parks, chamber of commerce executive vice president, said the annual affair is one that has developed a following, drawing hundreds of people year after year. Taste of the North Country is everyone's favorite event of the year, said Parks. This one is really a lot of fun. Where else can you sample amazing food, beer, wine, soda, and coffee while getting a jump on your holiday shopping? Among the list of more than 25 restaurants returning to participate in the event are Anthonys Restaurant and Bistro, Ninety Nine Restaurant, Perkins Restaurant and Karma Indian Cuisine. Those wanting a taste of some of the premier alcoholic beverages in the area will have the chance to visit booths hosted by Dames Discount Liquor and Wine, L & M Discount Liquor and Wine, Liquor and Wine Warehouse, Smithfield Discount Liquor and Wine, and Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Adirondack Coffee Roasters, Lakeside Coffee and Starbucks will also be on hand for those wanting a non-alcoholic pick-me-up. Taste of the North Country will also include businesses new to the event this year, like McDonalds and Papa Johns. The event offers just about everything you can think of, said Parks, including during the evenings auctions. Hundreds of items have been donated by chamber members, including gift certificates, baskets of chocolate, office furniture, airline tickets, greens fees at local golf courses, and overnight hotel accommodations. Champlain Valley Electric has donated indoor-outdoor lamps and Schonbek has also donated a lighting fixture, which Parks said are among the other big-ticket items. The auction gives people a chance to support the chamber and walk away with some incredible items, said Parks. Whether people are looking for an office item or a personal item, theyre going to find it at Taste of the North Country. This Thursdays event will begin with a silent auction and tasting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m., hosted by auctioneer Steve Brodi. Admission for the event is $12 prior to Monday, Nov. 3; tickets are $18 thereafter and at the door. Chamber of commerce members have the opportunity to donate an item valued at $50 to be auctioned and receive two free tickets to the event. Those donating items valued at $100 or more will receive four free tickets. The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the chamber, said Parks, and one of the best values since the cost of admission includes all food and drink for the evening. The chamber has all sorts of programs and we do collect member dues from our members but that doesnt pay for the number of services that we provide and all of the lobbying we do and everything that happens at the chamber of commerce, said Parks. For more information about Taste of the North Country or to purchase tickets in advance, contact the chamber of commerce at 563-1000 or visit their Web site at www.northcountrychamber.com.