Taste of Arcadia 2017 and Business Showcase at the Taste will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25th, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.
Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase at the Taste drew about 1,500 attendees last year, who enjoyed the many different foods and tastes from 45 of the most exciting local restaurants, caterers, and wine-and-beer vendors.
The annual Culinary Contest returned with five winners being selected by local chefs. Food judges sampled food, desserts and drinks from dozens of vendors throughout the entire evening.
Winners must be present and still serving to guests when judges announce their selections near the end of the event at 9 p.m. in the following categories:
- Best of Show
- Most Innovative Dish
- Best Savory Item
- Best Dessert Item
- Best Presentation
This year’s Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase at the Taste features an additional 40-plus business exhibitors, and car dealers with about a dozen of the newest model cars, plus many new activities:
- The Gold Carpet Experience will make you feel like a star in front of the paparazzi as you have photo ops with food media judges, other dignitaries, and surprise guests.
Other attractions include:
- Not one but three live music performers — one on each of three lawns playing simultaneously all evening long.
Our sincere gratitude to the unprecedented number of top sponsors that have allowed Taste of Arcadia to become the biggest and most exciting ever:
- Presenting Gold Sponsors:
Westfield Santa Anita – also year-round Community Builder Presenting Sponsor Member of Arcadia Chamber of Commerce through 2016-2017; and Chamber LED sign sponsor.
Methodist Hospital of Southern California through 2016-17– also year-round Community Builder Presenting Sponsor Member of Arcadia Chamber of Commerce.
- Business Showcase at the Taste Sponsor – Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary – also year-round Keystone 365 Connection Sponsor Member of the monthly Networking Breakfasts and Chamber LED sign sponsor.
We also thank the dozens of volunteer workers at the event.
Taste of Arcadia began as a much smaller event nearly 40 years ago to raise money for the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association float. Known as both The Wines Shed Mixer and A Taste of Arcadia was held on the infield at Santa Anita Park for a period of time. When the AToR dissolved in 1999, all assets, including the annual fund-raiser, were transferred to the Chamber. The Chamber continued the food and wine event at Santa Anita for a few years under various names, including the Festival of Food, before moving it to the L.A. County Arboretum several years later and adopting the name of Taste of Arcadia.