Taste events are premier food, drink, and music festivals that offer attendees the opportunity to sample a variety of food and drinks from participating local businesses and vendors. Throughout the year, Orange County host a long list of Taste events in various cities that support different causes. Here are some of the annual Taste of events to look forward to.
The Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation is hosted by Montage Laguna Beach to benefit No Kid Hungry. Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from the oceanfront bluff at Montage and try unlimited sips and samplings of delicious food and drinks from some of the top restaurants and chefs from across the nation. The event includes live entertainment, auctions, a champagne toast, parting gift, and celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone.
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
General Admission $250
VIP Admission $275
Savor Santa Ana takes place in October as a walking event with participating restaurants throughout Downtown Santa Ana. Foodies can purchase tasting tickets to use at local restaurants as they walk around the downtown area sampling select food items, desserts, and craft beers. A map will be provided to all ticket holders identifying participating restaurants and menu items and food pics will be posted online prior to the event to get all the foodies excited about the upcoming evening. There will be additional activities during the evening including live music and a free trolley to help you get to your next tasting destination. Purchase tickets online in advance or visit one of the ticket booth* locations the evening of the event.
Downtown Santa Ana
307 North Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana (Ticket Booth Location)
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$10 for 5 tasting tickets
*Cash only accepted on the night of the event at the ticket booths.
The Taste of Anaheim is a premier food and music festival that supports the food and beverage industry in Anaheim by creating opportunities for business development. The event features tastings from local restaurants, and vendor booths from local businesses. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks, live music, and a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction supports the annual 4th of July Anaheim Hills celebration.
400 West Disney Way, Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$40/ticket through May 15th*
$45/ ticket at the door*
Kids 5 and under are free
*Beverages are not included in ticket price
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The Taste of Brea event in Downtown Brea is presented by Nationwide Insurance. The event features a delicious mix of local food, drinks, and fun. The Brea Chamber hosts this annual family-friendly festival and attracts more than 3,000 visitors. The event showcases Brea’s vibrant business community as one of the areas prime destinations for exceptional and diverse dining, entertainment, and shopping. Participants will receive samples from the best breweries and restaurants with the purchase of a wristband. The event will include live music.
Downtown Brea at Birch and Brea
Thursday, May 21, 2020
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wristbands $30 for adults (in advance)/$10 for children 10 and under. Wristbands are $40 at the door. Wristbands Available March 1st, 2019.
The Taste of Dana is an annual fundraising event that supports Dana Hills High School by providing a safe Grad Nite for students free of drugs and alcohol. Attendees enjoy food from over 20 local businesses, entertainment, raffles, and a silent auction. Visit the website for more information.
Dana Hills High School
33333 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point
April 16, 2020
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$15/ticket in advance
$20/ticket at the door
The annual Taste of Fountain Valley combines good food and good friends for an unforgettable evening to benefit the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation. The adults only event includes sips and bites from more than 40 participating local businesses including restaurants, breweries, bakeries, caterers, wineries, and beverage vendors. Full pours of beer and wine will be available for purchase. Coffee and water are available free of charge and soda will be available for purchase for $1. The event includes a silent auction and raffle, and musical entertainment. Children are not allowed in the event, and off-site childcare will be offered with advanced registration for $15 per child.
Los Cab Sports Village
17272 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley
April 25, 2020
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$45/ticket for General Admission
ID required for entry
The Taste of Huntington Beach event features food tastings from over 50 local restaurants. Sample beer and wine from California’s premier breweries and wineries. Attendees can bid on baskets stuffed full of prizes from local businesses in the silent auction and buy tickets for the raffle. The event features live music and an appearance by celebrity chef and owner of the Anaheim White House, Chef Bruno Serato. Proceeds from the event support the Friends of the Children’s Library. Over $550,000 has been raised for the library since 2001.
Huntington Beach Sports Complex
18100 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach
April 26, 2020
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$70/ticket for General Admission
$90/ticket for VIP admission, includes exclusive VIP reception from 11:00 – 12:00
Kids 3 and under are free. Strollers are not allowed.
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The Taste of Laguna is back offering delicious food and drinks from some of the top restaurants in Laguna Beach. Participating restaurants include K’ya, Kitchen In The Canyon, Mozambique, Skyloft, The Cliff, and Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink plus many more. Ticket holders will also enjoy beer and wine from Laguna Beach favorites including Laguna Beach Beer Company. The event will be held at the grounds of The Festival of Arts. General admission is $85 for the Taste of Laguna event.
Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$85 per ticket for General Admission
$150 per ticket for VIP Admission
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The 8th annual Taste of Lake Forest event is being held in September during Shop & Dine Lake Forest Month. The event draws over 3,000 people from the community and showcases Lake Forest restaurants with an opportunity for tasters to vote on their favorites. Voters will choose a winner for “Favorite Taste of Lake Forest Restaurant” and “Best New Entry.” There will be a Beer & Wine Garden for tasters to enjoy and tasters will be able to choose from $1 per taste or purchase tickets for multiple tastes at participating restaurants. The event will also feature motorcycle demonstrations, live music, family activities, and raffles.
Foothill Ranch Towne Centre
26612 Towne Centre Drive, Foothill Ranch
September 2020 – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$1 per taste, tickets available for purchase at the event.
Beer & Wine Garden Tickets Sold Separately
The annual Taste of Orange event is hosted by The Orange Blossoms Auxiliary, an auxiliary of Assistance League of Orange. The event features food, beer, and wine tastings from restaurants, breweries, and wineries and includes a silent auction, opportunity drawings, live music, and much more. Proceeds from the event support at-risk teen girls through literacy events and inspirational programming.
Assistance League Chapter House
124 South Orange Street in Old Town Orange
May 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
$25/ticket through March 31*
$40/ticket after March 31st*
$15/ ticket for kids
$20/Alcohol ID Wristband – Unlimited alcohol tastings
The Taste of San Juan helps launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas. Twenty-five restaurants and caterers come together under one roof tempting you with the finest offerings they have to deliver. Admission includes tastes from all participants and live music. VIP tickets include admission, valet parking, and a swag bag.
A Stone’s Throw Winery
29943 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA
February 6, 2020
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M
$40/per ticket for General Admission
$60/per ticket for VIP
Attendees to the Taste of Santa Ana will enjoy all you can eat food tastings from over 40 notable dining establishments around Orange County and unlimited samples of beer and wine from local craft wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Exhibitors include Blinking Owl Distillery, izzy’s cake pops. Raising Cane’s, Morton’s, Mother’s Market, Krazy Cup Munchies Bar, and Cutwater Spirits. Enjoy live entertainment, fun and games for kids, a photo booth, and charity raffle. Come out and find a new local favorite at the Taste of Santa Ana. Discounted pricing is available for kids 5 to 12, and children under 5 are free. The event will be located in the Main Place Mall parking lot near Broadway.
Main Place Mall
2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$40/ticket for General Admission
$65/ticket for VIP Admission, includes early entry at 5:00 pm
The annual Taste of the Town event in Fullerton has been a popular local event since 1979. Proceeds from the event support philanthropic programs selected by the Assistance League of Fullerton, including Foster Youth Success Initiative, Meals on Wheels, Operation New Start, and Santa’s Closet. Attendees will taste food from a variety of restaurants, enjoy live music, raffles, and a silent auction.
Fullerton Downtown Plaza
Wilshire Avenue, Between Harbor and Pomona
June 6, 2020
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$65/ticket for advance purchases
$70/ticket at the door
Children 12 and under are free
Food, beverages, and entertainment are included in the ticket price.
The fourth annual Taste of Villa Park is returning for another exciting community event at the Villa Park Shopping Center. Proceeds from the Taste of Villa Park will benefit Villa Park Little League. Come out and enjoy a performance by the Spartan Jazz Band, live music, a full bar, raffles with cash prizes, items available for auction, and unlimited samplings from local restaurants including Brew Hawg, China Panda, Raising Cane’s, Tutto Fresco, and more.
Villa Park Town Center
17767 – 17871 Santiago Blvd., Villa Park, CA
March 14, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
$50/Adult Single Ticket or $90/Two Adult Tickets
This event is 21+
The Taste of Yorba Linda has been going strong for 30 years. The annual event features wine tastings from wineries all over California, food tastings from over 70 Orange County restaurants, and craft beer from local breweries. Entertainment for this year’s annual event will be provided by The King Salmon Band. Casino tables are also available. Proceeds from the raffle and auction at the Taste of Yorba Linda will provide scholarships to graduating local high school seniors. An event with great food for a great cause.
Yorba Linda Community Center
4501 Casa Loma Avenue, Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
$55/ticket in advance
$100/reservation for table of 10 (does not include admission)
The Taste Costa Mesa event will be hosted at the MET Costa Mesa. The MET is a totally reinvented office campus that features a variety of artisan restaurants, art galleries, entertainment and services, shops, and a foodtruck runway. The 2-day event will include unlimited tastings of food, beer, wine, and spirits and all stage activities with dozens of local culinary artists putting their food and drinks on display every evening. The event is for ages 21 and over only.
The MET Costa Mesa
535 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa
October 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$100/ticket includes unlimited tastings
The Anaheim Packing District is hosting the World Taste event, an international exploration of food from a variety of dining establishments. Featured vendors serving up gourmet tastes during the event include 18 Folds, 206 BCE, ADYA, Black Sheep, BXCR, Chippy, Crepe Coop, Fanfare, Georgia’s Soul, Healthy Junk, Han’s Homemade, Jav’s BBQ, Kettlebar, The Kroft, Mangal, Mini Monster, Orange Tei, Pali Wine Co, Popbar, Pandor Bakery, Sweetbird, Umami, and URBANA. Each wristband purchased includes 10 tastes from participating vendors. The event is open to all ages and there will be live entertainment to enjoy. Alcohol may be purchased at the event for an additional cost.
Anaheim Packing District
440 South Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim
November 2020 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$30/each in advance, or 2 for $55
$35/each at the door
Other Foodie Festivals & Events
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
February 28, 2020 – April 21, 2020
It’s that time of year when the Happiest Place on Earth transforms in the Tastiest Place on Earth. The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival brings unique, Disney-inspired specialty food and drink to the park. Purchase a Sip and Savor Pass to enjoy the Festival Marketplace to its fullest. In addition, guests will find activities and experiences throughout the park including live entertainment, a Jr. Chef event for kids 3 to 11, craft stations, kitchen tours, demonstrations, seminars and more.
Orange County Restaurant Weeks
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January 13-26, 2020 – Newport Beach Restaurant Week
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