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What’s the Best OC Foodie Fest? TASTE OF ORANGE COUNTY – June 16 & 17

It’s back!

After a 15 year absence, The Taste of Orange County returns June 16 (Noon – 10 pm) & June 17 (Noon – 8 pm) to a new location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine.

This two-day food, wine and entertainment festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 food fans, who will enjoy tastings from local restaurants, cooking demos from OC’s top chefs, wine seminars, art, live music, and more.

A few of the chefs scheduled to offer cooking demos include executive chef Rob Wilson of Montage Laguna Beach, chef Pascal Olhats of Pascal Restaurants (Brasserie Pascal, Tradition, etc), executive chef Michael Rossi of The Ranch Restaurant, chef Jonathan Blackford of A Restaurant, executive chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, Chef Matt Briggs of Mastro’s Ocean Club, and many more. Chef Jamie Gwen of KFWB will host the chef demos.


Taste of Orange County is also the perfect place to sample cuisine from dozens of restaurants, including…

A Restaurant (Newport Beach)

Andreis Conscious Cuisine (Irvine)

Haven Gastropub (Orange)

House of Big Fish (Laguna Beach)

Hunter Steak House (Laguna Niguel)

Katsuya (Laguna Beach)

K’ya Bistro (Laguna Beach)

Montage (Laguna Beach)

Pascal Restaurants (Newport Beach/CostaMesa)

Pizzelle’s Bistro (Tustin)

Red Table (Huntington Beach)

Santa MonicaSeafood (Costa Mesa)

Sweet Lilikoi Patisserie (Orange)

Tamarind of London (NewportCoast)

The Cellar (San Clemente)

The Ranch Restaurant (Anaheim)

In an effort to give back to the local community and the restaurant industry, proceeds from the Taste of Orange County will support Orange County Food Bank and the Culinary Liberation Front.

Tickets start at $25 for admission and food packages. VIP experiences are also available.

For more information, visit

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Christopher Trela

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This entry was posted on June 15, 2012 by in Foodie Event, Wine event and tagged , , , , .
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