The 16th annual Taste of Alden will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The Taste of Alden will be the opening event for the Alden Hook & Ladder Fire Company’s 2014 Heritage and Reunion Carnival.

This year’s event boasts a long list of participating vendors such as AJ & Son’s Catering, Alden Meals on Wheels, Alden’s Hook & Ladder Fire Company, Barrett Brother’s Kettle Corn, D & L Bakery, Eddie Ryan’s Irish Pub, Kodiak Jack’s, Mooney’s, My Saloon, Parkside Cupcakes, Seas The Day Seafood, Sweet Melody’s, The Pink Cow, Tops Market, TownLine Pizza, TSG BBQ, and Yakisobas.

Pre-sale ticket books are available for $10 until Tuesday, June 17. They include a bonus coupon eligible for a $1,000 raffle and can be purchased at Alden Advertiser, Alden Pharmacy, Alden Village Market, Alden Village Hall, Carbone’s Pizzeria, Kodiack Jack’s, Mooney’s, Tops Market of Alden, Tractor Supply, the Alden Chamber of Commerce office and the Alden Farmers’ Market.

This week:

• The Town of Alden town board will hold a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Alden Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road.