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
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
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Papa John's Pizza
Jimmy's on the Edge
Jimmy's Fish House
Caretta on the Gulf
Tropix Beach Bar
Watercolour Grill House
Rumba Island Bar & Grill
Joe's Crab Shack