WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
WHAT IS THE TASTE OF TACOMA®?
Emerald Queen Casino's Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU is the "Ultimate Summer Get Together" featuring over 40+ restaurants & food vendors, hand craft & commercial goods vendors, over 70 live music acts, local chefs going head-to-head in cooking battles at The Taste Cooks! stage, the Rose Garden which includes the Craft Beer & Wine 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?
The Taste is FREE to attend, but we also have discounted food and drink packages you can buy online in advance, to save you some money before you go! The EXPERIENCE TASTE package includes Craft Beer & Wine + Taste It! Food Tickets, and the TASTE IT! package includes discounted Taste It! Food Tickets. Stay tuned for 2020 details.
WHEN IS THE TASTE 2019?
Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 21: 11am - 9pm
Sunday, June 23: 11am - 8pm (closes one hour earlier)
HOW DO I GET THERE? WHERE DO I PARK?
The Taste of Tacoma® has taken steps to ensure an easy & affordable options & strongly encourages guests to take the suggested parking and transportation options. Head over to our Getting There section for more details & updates on the transportation & parking plans including Pierce Transit’s Taste Express to and from the Taste, from Tacoma Community College.
WHAT IS PIERCE TRANSIT’S TASTE EXPRESS?
Park & Ride to the Taste on Pierce Transit’s Taste Express from Tacoma Community College, located at S. 19th Street & S. Mildred Street: TCC street address: 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466. Look for signs for Pierce Transit’s Taste Express! Service on Pierce Transit’s Taste Express will be provided by Taste of Tacoma. Guests should note there will be wait times during peak hours of the events. Head to our Getting There section for more details and for other travel options.
WHERE CAN I FIND AN EVENT MAP?
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 food vendor will serve a variety of items from Ethnic cuisine to all American favorites. Check out our Dining section for all the menu items on offer.
HOW MUCH DOES THE FOOD COST?
All main restaurant food items and combo plates vary in price dependent on vendor. If you’re looking for a small taste in order to try all the different cuisines, our restaurants offer Taste It! items that are $5.00 or less! Check out our Dining section for more.
The Taste also offers two great deals! The Experience Taste package gives you the chance to experience great food with Taste It! Food Tickets, and includes Craft Beer & Wine Tasting for one discounted price.
Plus new this year, the option to purchase discounted Taste It! Food Tickets. Stay tuned for 2020 details.
WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT METHOD DO VENDORS ACCEPT AT THE TASTE?
Each vendor is unique in that some accept cash only, while many accept both cash and credit/debit cards. There will be ATM machines onsite at the Taste. Please check with each vendor onsite for which type of payment method they accept.
DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT PROGRAM?
The official 2019 event program is available HERE, and will be available at several stations on site at the festival!
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
There are several ways to become a part of EQC's Taste of Tacoma®, head over to our Apply Here section for all the details. Stay tuned for 2020 details.
WHAT DOES THE FESTIVAL BENEFIT?
The Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU, 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.
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 over 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?
Located in the historic Point Defiance Lodge the Visitors Center was built in 1898 as the house of the Park District’s first Superintendent Ebenezer Roberts and his family. The Visitors Center is the hub for park tours, presentations and unique experiences. A wide-ranging schedule of visitor-oriented activities takes place throughout summer in Point Defiance Park.
New this year, various types of Point Defiance gear will be available for purchase. From hoodies to beanies to t-shirts, there is something for everyone. Grab a Point Defiance Junior Ranger Program activity booklet. Completing just 6 pages and reciting the Junior Ranger Pledge will earn you a Junior Ranger pin.
For more adventure, grab a 'That's the Point' field guide and collect codes from hidden signs throughout the park. Collect all the codes and receive coupons and prizes.
The Visitors Center also offers free and fee-based programing experiences including Ranger-led nature hikes, garden tours, coffee with the birds, Tacoma giants, forest mindfulness and living history presentations.
Find out more about 2019 Point Defiance Park activities and programming HERE.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Give us a call at (425) 295-3262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Taste of Tacoma® event has been recognized with the Green Events Excellence Seal of Approval. The Green Event Program recognizes events in Tacoma that take extra care to have a more sustainable impact on the environment. Events that achieve Green Event certification incorporate actions like encouraging walking or biking, donating excess food, and using recycled materials.