The Great Taste of the Grove 4/14-15/12

The Great Taste of the Grove
Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, 2012 from 11am until 7pm
Peacock Park
2820 McFarlane Rd
Coconut Grove, FL

The Annual 22nd Taste Of The Grove Final Line Ups
Venues Compete for The Best Of Taste and Best Of Presentation Awards

Coconut Grove, FL – THE GREAT TASTE OF THE GROVE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL announces the final line up of judges and restaurants for this year’s festival being held at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Rd.) on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, 2012 from 11am until 7pm. Entrance fee is $5 and food and beverages are available for purchase from $1 to $8.

Competing for the “Best of Taste” and “Best of Presentation” awards, to be presented by Deco Drive’s Belkys Nerey on Sunday, and in an attempt to take the title from the 4-year undefeated Panorama restaurant, the following venues will serve judges and attendees their best dishes:

§ Atchana’s East West Kitchen
§ Bahama’s Specialty Seafood
§ Bizcaya at Ritz Carlton
§ Calamari/Taurus/La Bottega
§ Chart House
§ Corny Guys
§ Dona Arepa
§ El Rey de la Paella
§ George’s in the Grove
§ Greek Eats
§ Jaguar Ceviche & Latam Grill
§ Nespresso
§ LM Catering
§ Los Ranchos
§ Master C – Southern Experience
§ New York Roma Pizza
§ Panorama at Sonesta
§ Spartico at Mayfair

During the two-day festival, two sets of judges will carefully evaluate the dishes presented. Local dignitaries were selected for their expertise in the hospitality and culinary industries, including food writers, consultants and chefs, and they are: Maria Arguello, Grace Della, Laine Doss, Cari Garcia, Michael B. Jacobs, Jen Karetnick, Peter Laird, Kathy Martin, Jorge Montes, Andrew Rothschild and Trina Sargalski

Named as one of BIZBASH’s 100 Top Florida Events, The Great Taste of the Grove is celebrating 22 years of tradition in bringing together Miami’s locals and visitors for a true food and beverage festival while partnering with ECOMB to continue its commitment to sustainability.

Coconut Grove’s quaint village feel meets springtime weather in South Florida, live entertainment, tasty dishes and beverages. And as introduced last year, the festival will bring back the “Sommelier Tasting Grove” and “Connoisseur Spirits Lounge” providing guests with the opportunity to taste the best wines and spirits on the market. Also included in this year’s event are the original Batman and James Bond car, provided by Dezer Collection, and an expanded Kid’s Adventure Park with zip-lining, ferris wheel and more surprises.

$5 GENERAL ADMISSION (free for children under 12)

Tastings & Presentations of Local Restaurants & Local Businesses + Fashion Show + Palate Culinary Pavilion + Connoisseur Spirits Lounge + Sommelier Tasting Grove + ECO-Education Lounge by ECOMB + Kid’s Adventure Park + 16 hours of Live Music of all genres

Our Partners: Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Miami Dade County, Coconut Grove BID, GMCVB, Blackberry, Easy 93.1, The Coast 97.3, SBS/MegaTV, El Zol 95.7, Romance 106.7, Zeta 92, Transitions Lenses and Sears Optical, Baptist Medical Plazas, Friendly John, Welcome/Bienvenidos Magazine, Miami New Times, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Red Bull, Madria Sangria, Rebel Industries, SX Liquors, ChaChaCha Tequila, Calypso Rum, Samba Cachaca, Alacran Tequila, Blue Energy Drink, Tu-Be Branding Choco Noir, Premium Blends, Edrington Group, Famous Grouse, Macallan Scotch, Highland Park Scotch, Fragoli, Passione Prosecco, Happy Wine, Vinos in the Grove, Prestige Tents, Fast Signs, Milam’s Markets, Coconut Grove Grapevine, Figment Group, Creative Tools, Inc, Laird Creative, Tony’s Cocktail Mixers, Wine, etc., AdXposure, Belly2Abs, Empowered Youth, The Teen Board, and more.

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