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.
Downtown Brea at Birch and Brea
Thursday, May 25, 2023
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.
Dana Hills High School
33333 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point
Thursday, March 30, 2023
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.
Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
October 5, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival is pairing delicious food and drinks from some of the top restaurants in Laguna Beach with a lineup of live musical performances. Over 40 restaurants will participate in this annual event. The event will be held at the grounds of The Festival of Arts.
Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Thursday, October 19, 2023
6PM – 9PM
Presented by the City Of Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee, this fundraising event is family friendly and includes tastings from dozens of local restaurants, craft beer and wine, live music, silent auction, business and community booths, service clubs, and much more. Proceeds from the event help to support the city’s adopted troops and their families.
Assistance League Chapter House
124 South Orange Street in Old Town Orange
May 7, 2023
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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.
Tri City Park
2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
The Taste of Placentia includes food, drinks, a business expo, and a live concert in the park. All proceeds from the Taste of Placentia benefit the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District. Tickets to Taste of Placentia include unlimited tastes, beer, and wine.
Casino San Clemente
140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672
Friday, November 3, 2023
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Taste of San Clemente will include tastings of food, wine, and microbrews. Guests will enjoy live music at this cocktail-party style event with free valet parking, a commemorative beer mug or wine glass, and a silent auction. Additional details to be announced.
The Limo Barn at Reata Park
8632 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Thursday, February 2, 2023
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M
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.
Main Place Mall
2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana
Saturday, October 14, 2023
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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. The event will be located in the Main Place Mall parking lot off Main Street, near Macy’s.
Hangar 21 at the Fullerton Airport
3815 W Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833
June 3, 2023
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Children 12 and under are free
Food, beverages, and entertainment are included in the ticket price
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.
Villa Park Town Center | 17767 – 17871 Santiago Blvd., Villa Park, CA
March 18, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This event is 21+
The 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.
Westminster Civic Center | 8200 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, California 92683
Friday, September 22 | 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
The city of Westminster is introducing the inaugural “Taste of Westminster,” kicking off the Fall Festival on Friday evening with a tasty array of dishes from local vendors. Westminster residents are eligible for up to six tasting tickets (a total of 10 per household), and for those 21 and above, there will be a cash bar offering a selection of beverages. Residents can also vote for their favorite restaurant.
Yorba Linda Community Center
4501 Casa Loma, Yorba Linda
July 28, 2023
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Taste of Yorba Linda has been going strong for over 30 years. The annual event features wine tastings from wineries all over California, food tastings from Orange County restaurants, and craft beer from local breweries. 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.
Discontinued Taste Events
These events have occurred in the past but have had no recent events.
- Savor Santa Ana
- Taste of Anaheim
- Taste of Costa Mesa
- Taste of Fountain Valley
- Taste of Huntington Beach
- Laguna Beach’s Taste of the Nation
- Taste of Lake Forest
Other Foodie Festivals & Events
March 3 to April 25, 2023
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.
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
Daily March 10 – April 16, 2023
The Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is celebrating the theme parks beloved boysenberry. Guests can choose from over 25 new and delicious boysenberry inspired food and drink items including chicken cordon bleu with a boysenberry cheese sauce, boysenberry bbq chicken pizza, boysenberry cowboy chili with mac and cheese, boysenberry rocky road brownie, boysenberry sangria, and much more. Boysenberry Festival items are available from 10AM until one hour before closing.
More Food and Drink Fesitivals
- California Wine Festivals
- Cherry Blossom Festival
- Original Lobster Festival
- OC Night Markets
- OC Japan Fair
- Taste of OLu
- Pacific Wine & Food Classic
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