Open wide, South Sound -- Taste of Tacoma is this weekend!

It's going to smell delicious around Point Defiance Park because a huge variety of restaurants will be serving their best dishes

June 22, 2018
Duke's Scallop & Prawn Chop Chop Salad

John Fisher (yes, I took the picture, then I ate the salad)

What are you hungry for? You're going to find it at Taste of Tacoma this weekend.

They call it the "Ultimate Summer Get Together" at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma . . . I mean, seriously -- 40+ restaurants & vendors, the very swanky South Sound Bites local restaurant showcase, craft & commercial goods vendors, over 90 live bands & entertainment on 5 stages, live cooking demonstrations & cook-offs, and the Rose Garden, which includes Wine & Craft BeerTasting. Oh yeah, and there are outdoor beer gardens and the Funtastic Carnival for the kiddos.

One thing to keep in mind about the Taste is that there's really not going to be any kind of parking at Point Defiance Park. But . . . you can park free and ride the free shuttle to The Taste from Tacoma Community College.

BTW, that salad you see up at the top of the page? That's a Scallop & Prawn Chop Chop Salad from the Puget Sound's beloved Duke's Seafood & Chowder. We're talking weathervane scallops & wild Mexican pawns grilled on Napa romaine mix with cashews, feta tomatoes and organic basil vinaigrette. Duke's is part of what they're calling South Sound BItes, which is a restaurant showcase featuring a five-course entree/plate meal for one easy price in a cafe style setting. This is the Taste's effort to include some top-notch Tacoma-area eateries in the festivities.

And if the story involves food, I'm going to track down the details like an intrepid reporter, so I met THE Duke -- Duke Moscrip is his real name -- at Duke's Chowder House on South Lake Union and got the scoop on South Sound Bites, some salmon grilling tips, and I even coaxed a little song out of Duke:

Everything you need to know about Taste of Tacoma is right here.

 

(Thanks to videographer Jackie Cunningham.)