Tidbits about the Taste!
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 & 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, the South Sound Bites local restaurant showcase with support for the Emergency Food Network, 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 IS THE TASTE?
Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23: 11am - 9pm
Sunday, June 24: 11am - 8pm (closes one hour earlier)
HOW DO I GET THERE? WHERE DO I PARK?
Because of ongoing park improvements & construction around Point Defiance Park, there will be no parking on site and guests will not be able to drive up directly to the park as traffic will be diverted off of Pearl Street starting at 51st Ave.
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 the Taste Express. Park Free. Ride Free. To the Taste from Tacoma Community College.
WHAT IS THE FREE TASTE EXPRESS?
Park Free. Ride Free. To the Taste from Tacoma Community College. The Taste Express is a FREE to Park & FREE to ride option at Tacoma Community College located at S. 19th Street & S. Mildred Street. You can take the Express Bus Service to and from the park for FREE. (TCC street address: 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466 - Look for signs for Taste Express!) 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?
Click HERE for a digital version of the 2017 event map. The 2018 event map will be available closer to the event date. We will also include the map inside our printed program onsite.
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 from the 2017 Taste.
HOW MUCH DOES THE FOOD COST?
All main restaurant food items and combo plates will be $10 or under! Check out our Dining section for more. For a sampler of mini entrees from 6 local restaurants on one plate for just $21, try South Sound Bites! This newer area is in support of the Emergency Food Network.
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!
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 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 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. Also new this year, 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 2017-2018 Point Defiance Park activities and programming HERE.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Give us a call at (425) 295-3262 or email email@example.com.