Tickets on Sale for Sixth-Annual Tastemakers in Delray Beach

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The annual food and drink event known as Tastemakers in Delray Beach is back for its sixth year this August, and tickets go on sale this month. The event, organized by the Downtown Delray Beach Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with Delray Beach magazine, has officially announced the dates for the 2014 Tastemakers, which will run 5 to 10 p.m. August 7 and 8. During the special event, 13 downtown restaurants will roll out the red carpet for Tastemaker passport holders.

Tastemakers of Delray Beach was designed as an economic development program to drive business and awareness to the downtown business area and has been a huge success each year, described as an "international food event" featuring many of Delray Beach's premier downtown restaurants.

"This is a fabulous opportunity for all to experience a collection of delicious tastes of food and beverage while discovering many of the unique shops and galleries throughout as you stroll along the brick paved sidewalks of the downtown area from the beach to West Atlantic Avenue," states DDA Associate Director Laura Simon.

Each participating restaurant has designed a special culinary creation reflective of its chef's specialty and paired it with a special beverage. Passport holders will stroll from restaurant to restaurant, partaking in the savory delights each establishment provides. The program has been designed to take place over the course of two evenings to allow eventgoers time to experience each restaurant without rushing.

To participate, guests need to purchase a "passport." The passport, sold for $30 cash, provides event participants with a special booklet that includes a list and map of the participating restaurants and what each will be serving. Passports are on sale beginning July 1 and can be purchased at each participating restaurant, including 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Deck 84, DIG, El Camino, FYI Yogurt, Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Mussel Beach, The Office, Solita Delray, and Vic & Angelo's.

Advance ticket purchases made this month gives ticket-holders a special promotional offer that is valid with the passport from July 1 through September 30. Passport quantity is limited, and the event has sold out in past years. Visit downtowndelraybeach.com or the DDA Facebook page, facebook.com/delraydda.

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