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Eighth-Annual Celebrate Monroeville Event to be Held Thursday

Business marketplace, food tasting and a performance from the Abby Lee Dance Company are among the highlights of this event.

The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Monroeville Foundation are hosting a community-wide expo on Thursday.

The eighth annual “Celebrate Monroeville” event will be held at the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd., from 4 to 8:30 p.m. It is open to the general public.

The event features more than 225 local merchants and restaurant vendors. Last year, the event welcomed over 3,000 attendees and organizers expect to equal or surpass that number again this year.

Celebrate Monroeville offers several different components.

“Taste of Monroeville” gives attendees the chance to sample signature dishes from some of the area’s favorite local restaurants. There will be about 20 local restaurants at the event this year ranging from quick serve options and casual family cuisine to gourmet dining. Patrons then can vote for People’s Choice Award, and a Critic’s Choice Award will also be selected by a panel of secret judges.

“Marketplace Monroeville” showcases local businesses, products and services available throughout the eastern suburbs. Large companies, small family-owned businesses and home based-businesses will be participating in this action-packed portion of the show. Many businesses have already announced special show discounts on items available for purchase that evening.

To see a list of event vendors, click here.

Entertainment includes performances from local bands, cheerleaders and dancers from the Abby Lee Dance Company (star of the hit Lifetime series "Dance Moms.")

Admission tickets—which include a “taste” at approximately 20 restaurant exhibitors—are available at the door at a cost of $8 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens (ages 62 and older). Children younger than 5 get free admission.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Cross Roads Food Pantry and the Pitcairn Food Pantry. Anyone who brings a nonperishable food item will receive an extra Taste Ticket to Celebrate Monroeville.

There also will be free overflow parking and shuttle service at the Monroeville Mall parking lot across from Don Pablos and adjacent to Macy’s.

Proceeds from the event support the mission of the Monroeville Foundation and the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce.

For detailed information about the event, visit www.celebratemonroeville.com or www.monroevillechamber.com.

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