Tickets for the 2015 Taste of Huntington Beach are on sale now. You don’t want to miss four hours of fun in the sun on Sunday, April 26, 2015. One single ALL-INCLUSIVE price is your ticket to the 15th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach – featuring delectable tastes from over 50 local restaurants and catering companies. Add in unlimited sips from your favorite wineries and breweries, along with live entertainment from OC’s own Party Jones – and you have the perfect mix for a great day for you and your friends!
Tickets for the 2015 Taste of Huntington Beach can be purchased at the Huntington Beach Central Library (Children’s Desk), Longboard Restaurant & Pub in Downtown Huntington Beach and online at www.TasteHB.com. The “Taste of Huntington Beach” is an annual event, which not only raises money for The Children’s Library of Huntington Beach, but also promotes the amazing variety of restaurants in Huntington Beach. The event takes place on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 12 noon to 4pm at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex.
Last year, I was a judge in the savory category and had a blast with my fellow team members: the amazing Cathy Thomas, cook book author and food columnist at Orange County Register, and Eva Kilgore, also a writer for the Register. I can say, “We called it!” when the award for Best Savory Dish went to Chef Roy Hendrickson of Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel for his Pork Flatiron Po-Boy.
Chef Roy Hendrickson – winner of best savory dish.
MC Gil Sotelo and Chef Roy Hendrickson photo by Marcie Taylor
In addition, celebrity guest Neil Saavedra, the host of the Fork Report – “Everything food, every single Saturday from 2-4PM on KFI AM 640!” – awarded his own “Fork Report Big Fork” to Shades Restaurant at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel and another “Fork Report’s Choice” to Slapfish Seafood.
Lobster Roll from Slapfish Seafood – get there before they run out!
The winners at the 2014 Taste of Huntington Beach were: BEST SAVORY 1st Place: Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel; 2nd Place: Solita Tacos & Margaritas at Bella Terra; and 3rd Place: Pete’s Sunset Grille at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach.
Solita’s Tacos & Margaritas at the Taste
BEST SWEET was awarded to Simply Layered, 1st Place; 2nd Place: Tomgirl Baking Company; 3rd Place: Zimzala at the Shorebreak.
Simply Layered‘s scrumptious chocolate cake with buttercream and chocolate ganache.
Naturally, you’ll want to pair your favorite savory and sweet bites with sips from a stellar lineup of wine and beer samples from 35 of California’s premier wineries and breweries. Last year local brewer Four Sons won 1st Place for their Coco Amber Ale (I called it!); 2nd Place: Sierra Nevada Kellerweis and 3rd Place: Firestone Walker 805 Blonde Ale. Awards are also decided for Best White and Best Red Wines, Best Decorated Booth, and Most Enthusiastic.
Don’t miss out! Participating restaurants and vendors are being updated daily. Slater’s 50/50, Duke’s, Sandy’s, Deli-licious, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Shades Restaurant, and Red Table are a few of the confirmed returning restaurants. First time participants include Bondi Grill House, Mahe Restaurant, and Pizza Lounge.
General admission tickets are $65. With this ticket, you can sample food from 50 of the best local eateries and wines from 35 of California’s finest wineries and premium breweries.
VIP tickets are $85. Get all the perks of a general admission ticket plus a private VIP reception from 11 AM-12 Noon featuring hors d’oeuvres and champagne, a commemorative 2015 glass Taste wine glass, special VIP giveaways, free valet parking and a 20-minute early admission to the main tent.
All this – plus live entertainment by Party Jones, a silent auction and a raffle – all for one inclusive price.
Designated Driver tickets and bulk pricing tickets are also available at a reduced price at tastehb.com (http://tastehb.com)
Tickets will also be available at the door the morning of the Taste, Sunday, April 26 starting at 10:30 AM.
The Taste is presented by The Friends of the Children’s Library, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds from the Taste benefit the HB Children’s Library.
For more information please visit www.TasteHB.com. Connect with #tasteHB on facebook.com/tasteofhuntingtonbeach, twitter.com/hbtaste and instagram.com/hbtaste.