Harford County's fifth annual Restaurant Week has begun


Harford County's fifth annual Restaurant Week started Monday and will run through June 14, offering all kinds of valuable dining experiences around the county at a fraction of the normal cost.

During Restaurant Week participating eateries are offering prix fixe (price fixed) menus consisting of three-course meals starting at $20.14 plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Limited service restaurants may offer other special values.

Numerous restaurants are participating this year, and you can view their menu selections at http://www.harfordmd.com/harford-county-event-restaurant-week.

In past years, thousands of county residents have taken advantage of the special values offered during Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by the Harford County offices of Economic Development and Tourism. The Office of Tourism coordinates the event in partnership with local restaurants and eateries.

Tourism Manager Wini Roche said the focus has been placed on food and wine in this spring's promotion. Several new restaurants have been added this year. No longer available, however, is the contest from past years in which participating diners filled out contest cards for a drawing of $1,000 worth of restaurant gift cards.

"Great restaurants are just the beginning of what Harford County offers food and wine lovers," Roche said in a statement. "This year during Restaurant Week order some locally produced wine or take time before or after dining to visit the wineries of our Piedmont Wine Trail."

Visitors can also explore the sweeter side of Harford County with "Foodie Road Trips." The Tourism Office's website has self-guided trails offering some of the best places in the county to enjoy strawberries and chocolate.

"Now is the perfect time to check out our Strawberry Lovers Road Trip for more than 25 ways to enjoy strawberries, whether you pick them yourself at one of our family-friendly farms or savor them in homemade ice cream or a cupcake," Roche said. "Chocolate is always in season!"

For more information on Strawberry and Chocolate Road Trips, visit http://www.harfordmd.com.

Roche said Tuesday the contest was eliminated this year "in an effort to  work more efficiently with our limited resources."

"Although our social media outlets may offer giveaways from local restaurants from time to time during the promotion, the contest cards will not be given out this year," she wrote in an email. "In an effort to stretch and leverage our promotion dollars, our focus this year was to  highlight other food and wine options around and during Restaurant Week. By also including complimentary experiences in places like farm markets, bakeries, ice cream shops and wineries, we hope to maximize our economic impact."

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