2017 Taste of Huntington Beach Brings Community Together

Over 2,000 people attended last week’s Annual Taste of Huntington Beach, held on Sunday, April 30th at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex! There were a total of 46 restaurants and 31 wineries, breweries and non-alcoholic beverages, and 23 vendors including the non-profit organizations Visit Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach Business Improvement District, and International Surfing Museum present. All proceeds from the event benefit the Children’s Library of Huntington Beach. Food Network star and author Simon Majumdar returned to the event and mingled with the crowd before announcing his choice for “Best of the Best of the Taste of Huntington Beach.” Local band the Ramsey Brothers, led by Don Ramsey of the Kowabunga Van Klan, entertained TasteHB guests with their impressive musical repertoire.

Surf City Family is an official media partner of the Taste of Huntington Beach. At some point during the busy, fun-filled afternoon, we even managed to take a photo together – with friends including photographer Larry Tenney, Wise Fool, and Shot Hunters!

Shot Hunters Wise Fool Surf City Family
The Annual Surf City Family photo at Taste HB. Mery and Hunter from Shot Hunters, Larry Tenney, Melinda and Dan from Wise Fool, Marcie and Tim from Surf City Family and Steve from OC Mom Blog (as a special guest :)) Photo: Joe Katchka.


Photo by Joe Katchka
Simon Majumdar with the team from Saint Marc’s who were awarded the Best of the Best for their bacon-wrapped beignet. Photo by Joe Katchka.
Don Ramsey’s Kowabuinga Van Klan. Photo by Pete Hsieh

Here are the 2017 Taste of Huntington Beach Winners:

1st Place Saint Marc’s Apple Pie Bacon Beignet
2nd Place Ritter’s Clam Chowder
3rd Place Mom Yvonne’s Toffee

Mom Yvonne’s Candy. Photo by Hop Nguyen.

1st Pulled PorkTaco with Chimichurri Sauce by Public House
2nd Cheese Curd with Dill Sauce by Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage
3rd Short Rib with mashed potato on a tasting spoon by Suzanne’s Catering

1st Place Flat Iron Pork Slider by Old World Restaurant
2nd Chicken and Sausage Pan Roast by Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking
3rd Tri-tip by Stonefire Grill

Old World’s Flat Iron Pork Sliders. Photo by Joe Katchka.

1st Espresso Toffee by Mom Yvonne’s Candy Co.
2nd Apple Pie Bacon-wrapped Beignet by Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage
3rd German apple pancake by Old World Restaurant

Red Wine
1st Cabernet Sauvignon (2014) by We Believe Wines
2nd Petite Sirah (2014) by Tackitt Family Vineyards
3rd Pinot Noir (2013) Seal Beach Winery

White Wine
1st Rose (2015) by San Marcos Creek
2nd Chardonnay (2014) by We Believe Wines
3rd Chardonnay (2015) by Clos du Bois

Beignet Photo by Hop Nguyen.

1st Ballast Point – Manta Ray
2nd RIIP Beer – Dan K
3rd RIIP Beer – Tasty Waves

Best Decorated Booth
1st Avila’s El Ranchito
2nd Watertable Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa
3rd Simply Layered

Most Enthusiastic
1st Solita Tacos
2nd Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage
3rd Duke’s Huntington Beach

Chairman’s Award – presented annually to a member of the community to someone who represents the finest traditions of our community by their volunteerism and contributions to the Taste of Huntington Beach

Awarded to: Brett Barnes, Managing General Partner of Duke’s restaurant




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