Taste Fest returns to Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest returns on May 4.

CLEARWATER BEACH – If you consider yourself a foodie who likes to be adventurous in your tastes but local in your choices, Clearwater Beach Taste Fest has exactly what you’re looking for.

The ninth annual culinary tour de force, set for Friday, May 4, will offer a cornucopia of culinary samples, sure to whet the whistle of even the most discerning of attendees.

More than 30 restaurants will line Beach Walk promenade from 6 to 9 p.m., serving up tasty treats, as well as fine wines and craft beers.

Entertainment will include musical styles ranging from the Classic ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s to the latest dance, R&B, Motown, pop, reggae, rock, country and Latin music presented by C’Nergy Music of Orlando. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

“This is absolutely a signature event for Clearwater,” said beach chamber of commerce president Darlene Kole. “It began as a way to bring locals back to the beach after Spring Break and it’s grown so much since then.”

Traditionally, Taste Fest has always served as a kick-off party for Restaurant Week, a 10-day event that celebrates the best of the best on Clearwater Beach, offering professional and amateur foodies alike the opportunity to sample top-notch dining or casual cuisine.

That all changes this year, Kole said, as Restaurant Week has been moved to September, at the request of participating restaurants.

“Restaurant owners told us they are usually so busy in May and asked if we could move it to a slower time of the year,” Kole said.

Restaurant Week will now be held from Sept. 14-23.

Tickets to attend Taste Fest are $35 for adults; $15 for children ages 6 to 12 and children age 5 and younger get in for free. Tickets may be purchased at the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce at 429 Poinsettia Ave., at the gate on the night of the event or online at www.clearwaterbeachrestaurantweek.com.

Participating restaurants include the following:

Ocean Flame Interactive Buffet

SHOR American Seafood Grill

Jimmy's Crow's Nest

Sea-Guini

Evy's Terrace Bar & Bistro

Surfside Tap House

Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe

Spotted Donkey Cantina

Badfins Food and Brew

Seaweed Steaks, Seafood and Sushi

Island Way Grill

Beach Fire Bar & Grille

Beachside Hospitality Group

Sands Bistro on the Beach

Jimmy Hulas

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Papa John's Pizza

Jimmy's on the Edge

Jimmy's Fish House

Caretta on the Gulf

Tropix Beach Bar

Hooters Restaurants

Watercolour Grill House

Ocean Hai

Marina Cantina

Salt Cracker

Rumba Island Bar & Grill

Brown Boxer

O'Keefe's Tavern

Joe's Crab Shack