34th Annual Taste of the Town Puts Spotlight on Grand Strand Cuisine

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While you are likely to find the Myrtle Beach area’s social calendar filled with fun events any time of the year you choose to visit North Beach Plantation, October brings one of the most anticipated – and taste-bud tempting – festivals of the year. The 34th Annual Taste of the Town is coming, and it is well worth making the trip to attend.

Taste of the Town is, quite simply, the Grand Strand’s premier culinary event of the year. From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser organized by local parents to benefit St. Andrew Catholic School, Taste of the Town has grown to include dozens of the Myrtle Beach area’s finest restaurants each year, plus additional crowd-pleasers such as live music and a silent auction. Awards are given in categories including Best Entrée, Best Dessert, People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice, and the honors are highly sought-after for bragging rights among the participants!

This year, over 50 select restaurants will be participating in the event. Each restaurant will have its own booth where food is served tapas-style, in small portions. Visitors stroll among the booths and purchase the food items with tickets. The chefs of each restaurant go all out to impress and attract visitors with their delectable dishes!

Wondering what kind of fare you might find at a foodie festival like this? The 2016 winners for Best Entrée included a duck breast BLT and pan-seared scallops with autumn spices, while the winning dessert was a white chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger snap. Just reading about it is enough to make your mouth water! Who knows what new and amazing creations the chefs will come up with for this year’s festival as they try to outdo their previous performances! Drinks will also be served, courtesy of Better Brands' Autumn Ale House and Southern Glazer's Wine Patio.

The festival will be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, October 17, from 4 to 10 pm. Parking will be available both at the Convention Center and across the street.

Admission to Taste of the Town is $5 if you pay in advance, or $6 at the door. Food tickets are sold for $1 apiece, with each menu item costing between one and five tickets. All proceeds from the event go to benefit St. Andrew Catholic School and are used to fund projects like new playground equipment, structural maintenance and new technology for the students. It’s a great cause, and admission is just a nominal fee for the opportunity to sample so many delicious foods – so don’t be shy! Try a little bit of everything!

When the best chefs in town compete to see who can cook up the most amazing dishes, everyone wins! Heat up your fall with a long October weekend at North Beach Plantation for the 34th Annual Taste of the Town!