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.
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, Ananeim
May 17, 2018 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$40/ticket through May 16th*
$45/ ticket at the door*
Kids 5 and under are free
*Beverages are not included in ticket price
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
March 7, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$15/ticket in advance
$20/ticket at the door
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 2018 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 29, 2018 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 for 2018 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
October 18, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$85 per ticket for General Admission
$150 per ticket for VIP Admission
The 7th 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 29, 2018 – 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 6, 2018 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
$25/ticket through March 31*
$40/ticket after March 31st*
$15/ ticket for kids
*Alcoholic beverages are not included in ticket price
Attendees to the Taste of Santa Ana will enjoy food tastings from over 40 notable dining establishments around Orange County. Samples of beer and wine from local craft wineries and breweries will also be available. Enjoy live entertainment, fun and games for kids, a photo booth, and charity raffle. Coe out and find a new local favorite at the Taste of Santa Ana.
Main Place Mall
2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana
May 19, 2018 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 2, 2018 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 Taste of Yorba Linda has been going strong for 29 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
July 27, 2018 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
$55/ticket in advance
$100/reservation for table of 10 (does not include admission)
The Taste Costa Mesa
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 3-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 20 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
October 21 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heidi Deal is the author of the 6th edition of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles (includes Orange County), an expert at exploring all that Orange County has to offer, and a children’s book author specializing in history and improving human rights.