A little late, but on Wednesday, April 20, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 31th annual Taste of Winter Park presented by CenturyLink, the organization’s annual food festival. More than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants served over 1,300 attendees with unlimited food and beverage samples. It’s one of my favorite food events to judge all year!
Check out their press release below for all the details and winners!
“The Taste of Winter Park continues to be one of Central Florida’s best foodie events,” said Patrick Chapin, President/CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. “We’re proud to showcase the many fine dining opportunities in Winter Park and bring the community together for a fun evening.”
Throughout the event, guests had the opportunity to taste from more than 40 vendors, including nine new eateries, and partake in a silent auction and raffle drawing. The highlight of the evening was the awards presentation. Judges included Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, editors, Edible Orlando; Lauren Delgado, food editor and restaurant critic, Orlando Sentinel; Josh Garrick, restaurant critic, Winter Park/Maitland Observer; Rona Ginden, dining editor, Winter Park Magazine; Ricky Ly, food blogger, Tasty Chomps.com; Rachel Williams, staff writer, Orlando Business Journal; and Scott Richardson, feature writer, The Park Press.
4 Rivers Smokehouse was honored with Best Main Course for its smoked pulled pork taco. Best Appetizer/Side Dish was presented to Umi for its unique Thai ciabatta sushi. Sweet! By Holly earned the Best Dessert award for its assorted mini cupcakes. The Best Booth Display went to Orchid Thai Cuisine. The Best Healthy Dish was presented to Create Your Nature, which is set to open this summer along Orange Avenue, for its acai bowl. Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn’s smoked pork rib was named the Best Fresh Florida Dish for use of locally-sourced ingredients. Finally, Rogue Pub took home the award for best beverage with its selections of Goose Island Ales.
The Taste of Winter Park is made possible by our presenting sponsor CenturyLink, and support from Aloma Bowl, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, BLEAGOLF, C & S Press, Central Florida Lifestyle, Edible Orlando, Ferrell Wealth Management, Ferrell & Kelly LLC, Florida’s Finest Linen Service, Full Sail University, Hunter Vision, Integrative Physical Medicine, Lundev, Monark Premium Appliances, Mox?, PNC Bank, Renewal by Andersen, Rodan and Fields, 92.7 Smooth FM, Sysco Central Florida, The Park Press, Valencia College, WFTV Channel 9, Winter Park Magazine, Winter Park/ Maitland Observer, Winter Park Village, WUCF 89.9 FM and WMMO 98.9 FM.
The Taste of Winter Park is held annually at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. For information on the 32nd annual Taste of Winter Park scheduled for April 19, 2017, contact the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at (407) 644-8281, visit www.winterpark.org or follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce represents more than 800 businesses, community organizations and individuals in an effort to develop, promote and sustain a vital, thriving business climate throughout the community and to initiate, support and enhance the civic, educational and economic well-being of the area. For more information, visit www.winterpark.org.