Taste of Orange County Returns After 22 Year Hiatus


Taste of Orange County, Southern California’s premiere food, wine, and entertainment festival, is coming back to Irvine on June 16-17, after a 22-year hiatus. The event is being sponsored by companies like Cox Communications, Clear Channel Radio, CBS Radio, OC Weekly, OC Metro Magazine, OC Family Magazine, as well as many others.

Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, which is being held at Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

“We are excited to bring back this amazing festival to the residents of Orange County,” says event director for Taste of Orange County, Todd Wallin. “Our goal is to work with Orange County’s premiere chefs, winemakers, and entertainers to create a one-of-a-kind experience.”

The festival will celebrate the food and drink culture in Orange County, bringing together more than 50 of OC’s top restaurants, 75 premium wineries, as well as talent from both the entertainment and culinary industries. During the two-day event, their will be local restaurant tastings, cooking demonstrations, “Farm to Table” samplings, wine tastings, auctions, seminars, and music events.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Orange County Food Bank.

“Taste of Orange County patrons will have a chance to enjoy a great day filled with fine food, drink and entertainment while producing funds to expand the ability of the OrangeCounty Food Bank to feed vulnerable people in our community,” says director of The Orange County Food Bank, Mark Lowry. “Our partnership with the Taste of Orange County will generate resources that will expand our capacity to serve people during this economic downturn.”

If you are interested in attending, download the Taste of Orange County mobile application to be eligible to receive 50 percent off your ticket.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Posted by Melanie Figueroa