Tastemakers of Delray Beach (not to be confused with Clean Plate Charlie's Top 30 Tastemakers list) is an annual event that provides attendees with the opportunity to sample signature dishes and cocktails from all of the downtown area's restaurants.
The two-day event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9. August is still pretty sweltering, but for locals, it's the last hurrah before the snowbirds begin migrating in with the good weather. Tastemakers also give the restaurants a much needed boost at the end of the slow summer season.
Tickets, or passports, are $30 each and go on sale July 1. Passports can be purchased at any of the 18 participating restaurants -- cash only -- and $1 from each passport goes to the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum.
The passport allows for Tastemakers' diners to flow freely up and down the Avenue, rather than standing in line at one booth or another. This way, you can see the restaurants for yourself as you get your passport stamped and receive your cocktail, beer, or wine -- or soda -- and small bites.
Participating restaurants are:
1. 50 Ocean
2. Brule Bistro
5. Casa Di Pepe
6. Deck 84
9. HiWay Burger
11. Off the Ave.
12. The Office
13. Orange Leaf
15. Sundy House
16. SWIG Wine Bar
17. Vic & Angelo's
Tastemakers of Delray Beach is presented by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority in cooperation with Delray Beach Magazine. Visit downtowndelraybeach.com.
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