Over 30 Years of Community Support!

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 the following organizations:


FISH Food Banks of Pierce County

FISH Food Banks of Pierce County will be in charge of Bike Corral at the Taste! The Taste of Tacoma® encourages visitors arriving on bike, skateboard or any other form of environmentally-friendly wheels to check out the bike corral near the main entrance of the park.  Guests can check their strollers, bikes or other wheeled items at the corral and retrieve them at the end of their stay.  FISH volunteers will be operating the corral to ensure your items are safe – and welcome dry/canned food or cash donations for this outstanding service. For every $1 donated, FISH can distribute $9 worth of nutritious food! In 2015, FISH was able to distribute 4.6 million nourishing meals to those in need.

FISH Food Bank's guiding mission is "To provide nutritious food to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect." The Taste is proud to support this organization and the citizens it serves.

Tacoma Police Explorers

The Tacoma Police Explorers provide overnight security at the Taste of Tacoma®. The Tacoma Police Department supports the program with equipment, training, and mentoring in the law enforcement career field.  The program is open to males and females who are at least 15 years of age (or 14 years of age and a high school freshman) and no older than 19 years of age at the time of application.

As an Explorer, you will learn about the many different aspects of law enforcement which are intended to enhance your ability to enter into the law enforcement career field.  Some skills that are taught include officer safety techniques, handling high-risk and routine calls, report writing, defensive tactics, and firearms safety and qualification, just to name a few.

Tacoma Police Explorers are trained and equipped with the basic skills required to work as volunteer representatives of the Tacoma Police Department.

Bethel High School AFJROTC

The Bethel AFJROTC Unit is a high school Air Force JROTC Unit comprised of students from 9th through 12th grades. Aerospace Science Instructors supervise cadets while they develop their leadership skills, self-discipline, and confidence. The AFJROTC Unit provides many opportunities for cadets to become active in the community through activities throughout the year. The Unit has amassed over 3,000 hours of community service this year alone and have earned the AFJROTC Distinguished Unit Award for the 6 years!

This is the first year for, Bethel High School AFJROTC and they are excited and the about the opportunity to take on the event of on-site parking lot. This outstanding group of young people and their leaders are on site the Monday following the Taste to ensure all garbage is picked up and the park is left in pristine condition for the community to enjoy.

If you represent a non-profit charitable organization that wants to get involved with The Taste, please let us know. Give us a call at our office for more information at (425) 295-3262 or email us at info@festivals-inc.com.