The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual showcase of local eateries has grown over the years to be known as “the ultimate foodie festival.” The 30th Annual Taste of Winter Park presented by CenturyLink is expected to live up to the moniker on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. More than 40 of the area’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners are expected to participate.
“Each year the Taste of Winter Park attracts residents and tourists alike to experience a unique pairing of fine food, drink and live music on a fun evening in downtown Winter Park,” said Patrick Chapin, President/CEO for the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.
Guests’ palettes will be tempted by a variety of cuisines as well as decadent desserts and refreshing beverages. In addition to the delicious dishes, guests will enjoy live entertainment by saxophonist Johnny Mag Sax. Participating restaurants include: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Another Broken Egg Café, Bailey’s Coffee Service, Barefoot Wine, Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Brio Tuscan Grille, Bungalow 23 Culinary Cocktail Mixers, Carmel Kitchen, Canopy Café, Cocina 214, Costco Wholesale, Crispers, Florida Distributing Company, Gator’s Dockside of Baldwin Park, Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn, Javatino, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, John & Shirley’s Catering, Kona Ice of Winter Park, Krispy Kreme, Lombardi’s Seafood, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Mi Tomatina, Miller’s Ale House, Nelore Brazilian Steakhouse, Orchid Thai Cuisine, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Park Plaza Gardens, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Pi Hole Pizza, Rogue Pub, Shake Shack, Smart Coffee HD, Sodexo at Rollins College, Sonny’s BBQ, The Wine Barn, TR Fire Grill, Umi, Wayne Densch, Inc. and Whole Foods Market Winter Park.
Participants will compete for bragging rights in seven categories including best entrée, appetizer/side dish, beverage, dessert, healthy dish, Florida-inspired dish and booth display. An elite panel of judges will evaluate each entrant and award honors to the most deserving in each category. Judges include Mark Baratelli, publisher, The Daily City; Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, editors, Edible Orlando; Josh Garrick, columnist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer; Rona Ginden, dining editor, Winter Park Magazine; Ricky Ly, food blogger, Tasty Chomps; Heather McPherson, food editor and restaurant critic, Orlando Sentinel; Megan Ribbens, web producer, Orlando Business Journal; and Scott Richardson, food writer, The Park Press.
New for 2015, the Taste of Winter Park will hold a drawing of chance for a 2-person European cruise courtesy of GO Travel and Viking River Cruises, valued at $10,000, as well as a silent auction. The drawing will be held during the Taste of Winter Park event. The winner may select from a variety of 8-day/7-night itineraries embarking in November/December 2015. Tickets are available for $10 each, or three for $25. Must not be present to win. The silent auction will feature a variety of packages from Winter Park Chamber of Commerce members including sports, theater, dining and artwork.
The 30th Annual Taste of Winter Park will be held Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, 32789. Tickets are available for $40 in advance for Winter Park Chamber members, $45 for non-members and $45 for everyone at the door. Tickets for both the event and the raffle can be purchased at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce located at 151 West Lyman Avenue, by calling (407) 644-8281 or online at www.winterpark.org. Stay up-to-date with event details at www.facebook.com/tasteofwinterpark or @WinterParkTaste on Twitter.
The Taste of Winter Park is made possible by our presenting sponsor CenturyLink, and support from Andrea Kudlacz, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, C&S Press, Central Florida Lifestyle, Edible Orlando, Ferrell Wealth Management/ Ferrell & Kelly CPA’s, Florida’s Finest Linen Service, Full Sail University, GO Travel, Hunter Vision, Integrative Physical Medicine, Massey Communications, Orlando Family Magazine, Sysco Central Florida, The Park Press, UCF Athletics, Viking River Cruises, WFTV Channel 9, Whole Foods Market, Winter Park Magazine, Winter Park Village, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, WMMO 98.9 FM and WUCF 89.9 FM.