Tidbits about the Taste!


WHAT IS THE TASTE OF TACOMA®?

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Emerald Queen Casino's Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU is the "Ultimate Summer Get Together" featuring over 40+ restaurants & vendors, 50+ hand craft & commercial goods vendors, live music and entertainment on 4 stages, local chefs performing live cooking demonstrations & mystery ingredient cook-offs at The Taste Cooks! stage featuring local chefs, the Rose Garden which includes The Wine Bar and the Craft Beer Tasting, beer gardens featuring local beers and craft spirits, the Family Fun Zone including an entertainment stage and rides and games from the Funtastic Carnival and more!

HOW MUCH IS ADMISSION?

It's FREE to attend to The Taste (that means more money for yummy food & drinks!)

WHEN & WHERE IS THE TASTE?

Friday, June 23, Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA. (Date is subject to change). The street address is 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98207. See our Getting There section for more details on the FREE Park & Ride Shuttle and travel options.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS?

Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24: 11am - 9pm
Sunday, June 25: 11am - 8pm (closes one hour earlier)

WHERE CAN I FIND AN EVENT MAP?

Click HERE for a digital version of the event map. We also include the map inside our printed program onsite & you can find a digital version of the entire program HERE.

HOW DO I GET THERE? WHERE DO I PARK?

Save time & money by using the FREE Park & Ride Shuttle round trip from Tacoma Community College to the festival and back! For more details on the Free shuttle and other transportation options, head over to our Getting There section.
Note: There is still some limited parking on site for the festival for $10 each day, but there are no in and out privileges with that lot. Festival Producers encourage guests to utilize the FREE Park & Ride Shuttle to save money and time.

CAN I BRING MY PET?

We love your pets but... there is a no-pet policy within the main food court area of the Taste. While pets are allowed in other parts of the park, guests are encouraged to leave their pets at home due to the large crowds and for the health and safety of both your pets and the public. Thank you!

WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL THE TASTE BE SERVING UP?

Each restaurant will serve a variety of items from Ethnic cuisine to all American favorites. Check out our Dining section for all the menu items.

HOW MUCH DOES THE FOOD COST?

All food items and combo plates will be $10 or under! If you’re looking for a small taste in order to try all the different cuisines, our restaurants offer Just A Bite items that are $3.75 or less! Check out our Dining section for more.

DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT PROGRAM?

You can find our official event program in The News Tribune the week of the event or there will be several stations on site at the festival with programs for you to take! For a digital version, click HERE.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

There are several ways to become a part of EQC's Taste of Tacoma®, head over to our Get Involved section for all the details.

WHAT DOES THE FESTIVAL BENEFIT?

The Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® celebrates 31 years in 2016 and continues to support local community organizations each year.  In addition to hiring and training over 60 temporary workers during the three-day weekend, in particular many young people, the Taste also works closely with local organizations and charities. More details HERE.

WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR A MEDIA OR BLOGGER PASS FOR THE TASTE?

Since the event is free to attend, you don't need a media or blogger pass. However, media or bloggers interested in getting an interview with Taste staff or restaurants, please email our Media Director, Megan Postiglione at meganp@festivals-inc.com. Plus, sign up to our email newsletter for updates.

HOW DID THE TASTE OF TACOMA® GET STARTED?

The Taste of Tacoma® has delivered free family fun to the citizens of Tacoma for over three decades! The Taste was started in 1986 by Festivals Inc. CFO and local restaurateur, Alan Silverman after the Tacoma Restaurant Association requested he create an event for the Tacoma community just as he had done with the Bite of Seattle®, which he launched successfully in 1982. A restaurateur himself, Al (as he is called), was dedicated to creating "the ultimate family picnic." The principals in which he created the event 30 years ago still holds true today; promote the local food, beverage, and restaurant industry while offering the public a chance to taste a wide variety of foods at affordable prices - all of this in a magnificent setting like beautiful Point Defiance Park. 

WHAT DOES THE POINT DEFIANCE VISITORS CENTER INCLUDE?

Point Defiance Visitors Center is a hub for park tours, presentations and experiences. A wide-ranging schedule of visitor-oriented activities takes place this summer in Point Defiance Park.

Perhaps the most unusual offering is a series of living history presentations performed by a group of re-enactors called the Fort Nisqually Time Travelers. Twice monthly in June, July and August, they will assume the roles of important Tacoma historical figures such as Edith May Ferris, who owned the park’s first boathouse, and Ebenezer Roberts, the first gardener and superintendent of Tacoma parks. Other activities include family nature walks, history tours, and a series of outdoor art classes for adults or families. Also, newly hired Point Defiance Park Ranger Mary Krauszer will offer guided garden tours on Sunday afternoons. And, if you’d like to picnic but forgot your lunch, food trucks will be stationed near the Visitors Center.  Find out more about 2017 Point Defiance Park activities HERE.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Give us a call at (425) 295-3262 or email info@festivals-inc.com.