A spectrum of Santa Monica restaurants will offer up samples of their culinary delights at the sixth annual Taste of Santa Monica event.The annual food festival is hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 16th, on the Santa Monica Pier, (ocean end of Colorado Avenue), Santa Monica.
An eclectic mix of cultural and regional flavors from about 40 restaurants will be on hand to satisfy the taste buds of event-goers.
All food at the event is included with the entrance ticket price of $45 for adults and $10 for children four to ten years old.
The event will include a live band playing “nostalgic music” in a seated area.
A cocktail bar (not included in the ticket price) will be set up at the center of the pier deck.
Starting at 1 p.m., master chefs from Locanda del Lago, The Art Institute of California — Los Angeles, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom and The Victorian will provide visitors with culinary demonstrations every hour.
The demonstrations are designed to wow the crowd and give novice gastronomes easy-to-follow instructions to re-create the demonstrated foods at home.
This year’s Taste of Santa Monica will include a silent auction with a list of items to bid on that includes hotel stays, restaurant certificates, and an autographed John Wooden basketball.
There will also be a raffle drawing for a Napa Valley Getaway; round-trip airfare anywhere Southwest Airlines flies; a hotel stay at the Marriott; tickets to the Rocca Family Vineyards for wine tasting opportunities; a Newport Coast Getaway; two nights at a $2,500 per night villa at The Resort at Pelican Hill; Midway convertible rental car; a gift certificate to the Rusty Pelican restaurant; rounds of golf; two nights at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel; a meal at a $150 restaurant; and a massage for two at the Le Merigot Hotel.
A wine garden will be set up for guests who wish to pair wine tasting with food sampling. Separate tickets are available for the wine garden, located within the event site.
Sheila Estaniel, director of marketing and events at the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, calls the wine garden a “crowd pleaser” and says there will be 15 to 20 wineries offering samples of their varietals.
Wine garden tickets, which are an additional $10 per person, and may be purchased the day of the event.
The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the event organizer, advocates and represents business interests and issues in the Santa Monica area. The organization works with government and community organizations on issues of local economy and quality of life.
Information, (310) 393-9825 or www.tasteofsantamonica.com/.