The Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma, a well known outdoor food festival with live entertainment will take place Friday, June 29, 2012 through Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. According to the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma website, the event is the “Ultimate Family Picnic” with 29 restaurant booths and over 20 food product companies as well as a Taste Wine & Jazz Garden, featuring over 10 wineries and live jazz performances. The Taste Wine & Jazz Garden is located in the rose garden on the west boarder of the event grounds just behind the Comedy Club.
The hours for the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma festival are as follows: Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm. Cindy Stohr, media director for the Taste of Tacoma, explained that there will be six stages performing the following types of music: pop, rock, jazz, r & b, country, a family stage, and a comedy club. She informed us that there would be ongoing vendors selling specialty items such as dessert and roasted corn.
Aside from the entertainment and food, there will be a large arts and crafts area, Metro Parks of Tacoma will be hosting “Rock the Bowl at Point D” which is a family fun zone. The fun zone will consist of an adventure obstacle course to a zip line, families will be able to participate in a variety of fun games and adventurous activities.
Cindy explained some history and purpose of the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma, “It’s the 27th year of the Taste of Tacoma. We produced the bite of Seattle as well took the concept to Tacoma and the community has really embraced the event, it’s a great community event.
The Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma’s purpose is to showcase area restaurants and other food vendors. It really gives the community an event during the summer and it’s free admission and a very affordable event to bring them together and what Tacoma and the area has to offer with regards to food and restaurants. It encourages people to try something they haven’t tried before.”
Cindy shared what she thought of the event, “This will be my 12th year for the event. Something that always strikes me as wonderful is that so many families and groups of friends, everyone hanging at the park, sharing different food, and browsing the arts and crafts. It’s a great place for people to come together and enjoy the summer.” Cindy mentioned the best thing about the event, “The food; we have a lot of great stuff but the opportunity to have a Mexican appetizer, an entrée that’s barbecue, and then finish with a strawberry shortcake dessert all within a few steps of each other.”
Cindy discussed what many people may not know about the event, “We want to make sure people know this is a free admission event. We always try to get out there and we couldn’t do this without our sponsors. Emerald Queen Casino has been our sponsor for 12 years now and some people don’t realize people can come and enjoy this event with free admission because of what a great sponsor Emerald Queen Casino is and BECU (Boeing Employee Credit Union) and different sponsors like that. We want to make sure the public knows and supports those businesses to be able to offer something like this to the community.”
Cindy revealed how the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma is unique, “I think it’s unique in that we’re really bringing together a lot of events. Most events have a specialized demographic, for example, a special type of music or that it’s just for children or just arts and crafts. What’s unique is the whole purpose is trying different foods and who doesn’t like that? It’s unique that there’s something for everyone. Our stages are staged for every genre and almost every cuisine is available.”
When asked who she recommended attend the event, Cindy replied, “Anybody that’s interested in trying new food, relaxing with friends, and just enjoying some great local entertainment. There isn’t anybody I wouldn’t recommend.”
For more information about the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma event, please visit: Tasteoftacoma.com. Cindy concluded: “We would like to mention that we will be running a free shuttle from Tacoma Community College, where people can park their car for free at (as there will be limited parking at the event). There will be a couple shuttles throughout the event on a first come first serve basis. There is also parking at the large parking lot across the street from Point Defiance Park called “Funland Parking” for $10 per car (with no hourly limit).”
Photo credits go to Christopher Nelson Photography
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com