Over 30 Years of Community Support!

The Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® celebrates 33 years in 2018 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:


emergency food network

The Taste will support the Emergency Food Network by collecting donations, both money or non-perishable food items, as well as volunteer outreach on site at the festival at the South Sound Bites.

Emergency Food Network provides 16 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to 70 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to families and individuals in need. More than 1.4 million visits were made to food banks in Pierce County each year. Emergency Food Network aided these visits by distributing more than 16 million pounds of food to the programs it serves. Each time a community member walks into a food program with nothing, Emergency Food Network ensures they walk out with enough food for nine meals.

For every $1 donated to EFN, they provide $12 worth of nutritious food for our neighbors in need.


Tacoma Rescue Mission volunteers will operate the FREE Bicycle Corral services onsite at the Taste.  Tacoma Rescue Mission values the needs of families and individuals in need in Tacoma and Pierce County, providing emergency services such as shelter and food. The Tacoma Rescue Mission is proud to have served Tacoma and Pierce County since 1912.  

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.