On May 4th and 5th, Orange County celebrated its inaugural OC Tastefest, a two-day culinary festival at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. General admission prices were $12 advance online purchase or $20 at the door, and additional taste coupons were sold in sheets of 10 for $5. Festival goers were able to sample culinary bites from participating restaurants, listen to live music from a variety of artists, and watch cooking demos at the celebrity chef challenge.
Being an inaugural event, the turnout was decent and not overly crowded, which made for some relatively short lines for food sampling. I love going to tasting festivals because it gives me an opportunity to try out food from some of my favorite participating restaurants and learn of new ones. I did not get to sample all the food there, but some notable ones I checked out are:
For a complete list of participating restaurants and sponsors, check out the OC Tastefest website.
To see more photos from the event, click here.