A Celebration of Winter Park’s Culinary Scene

31st Annual Taste of Winter Park Award Winners

On Wednesday, April 20, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 31st annual Taste of Winter Park presented by CenturyLink, the organization’s annual food festival.  More than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants served over 1,300 attendees with unlimited food and beverage samples.

“The Taste of Winter Park continues to be one of Central Florida’s best foodie events,” said Patrick Chapin, President/CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. “We’re proud to showcase the many fine dining opportunities in Winter Park and bring the community together for a fun evening.”

Throughout the event, guests had the opportunity to taste from more than 40 vendors, including nine new eateries, and partake in a silent auction and raffle drawing. The highlight of the evening was the awards presentation. Judges included Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, editors, Edible Orlando; Lauren Delgado, food editor and restaurant critic, Orlando Sentinel;  Josh Garrick, restaurant critic, Winter Park/Maitland Observer; Rona Ginden, dining editor, Winter Park Magazine; Ricky Ly, food blogger, Tasty Chomps.com; Rachel Williams, staff writer, Orlando Business Journal; and Scott Richardson, feature writer, The Park Press.

4 Rivers Smokehouse was honored with Best Main Course for its smoked pulled pork taco.  Best Appetizer/Side Dish was presented to Umi for its Bluefin toro tartar. Sweet! By Holly earned the Best Dessert award for its assorted mini cupcakes. The Best Booth Display went to Orchid Thai Cuisine. The Best Healthy Dish was presented to Create Your Nature, which is set to open this summer along Orange Avenue, for its acai bowl. Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn’s smoked pork rib was named the Best Fresh Florida Dish for use of locally-sourced ingredients. Finally, Rogue Pub took home the award for best beverage with its selection of Goose Island Ales.

The Taste of Winter Park is held annually at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.  For information on the 32nd annual Taste of Winter Park scheduled for April 19, 2017, contact the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at (407) 644-8281, or follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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