It was a delicious night at Bella Vita Ranch Saturday when Erath County United Way held its first-ever Taste of Erath event.

Nineteen local food and drink vendors participated in the event, which offered samples of their finest food and drinks to attendees.

"We were absolutely thrilled with the participation," said ECUW board member and Taste of Erath Committee chair Dr. Janis Petronis. "It was a greater success than we could have ever imagined - including the weather."

Petronis said the event raised more than $7,500 through sponsorships, ticket sales and a silent auction.

The money will benefit ECUW's 2014 capital campaign, which is working toward the goal of raising $275,000 for the 23 local agencies it serves.

Petronis said there is "no doubt" there will be an encore presentation next year.

"The committee is already working on ways we can tweak the event and make it even better," she said.