2019 Taste of Huntington Beach Winners

According to Taste of HB chairman Dan Page, this year, the 2019 Taste of Huntington Beach event on Sunday, April 28th, exceeded all previous records for attendance and numbers of restaurants, wineries, and breweries exhibiting.   An estimated 2000 people enjoyed food and drink samples from 50 restaurants, 22 wineries, and 17 breweries! The annual event, run by an all-volunteer staff, benefits the Huntington Beach Children’s Library. 

For the last few years, Surf City Family has been a proud media sponsor of the Taste of Huntington Beach event. It is an amazing event that serves as a fundraiser for the Children’s Library.

For us, personally, #tasteHB is a chance to connect with our community. Where else will you find HB locals mixin’ and minglin’ and enjoying the best food and drink our Surf City has to offer!

Sophia Panter, an 8th grader from St. Simon and Jude Catholic School, winner of the library’s writing and illustration contest, cut the ribbon. Here she is surrounded by HB City Council members Patrick Brenden, Mike Posey, Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Semeta and Barbara Delgleize. Photo by Skye Schmidt

Here are some fun photos from the event. Photos: Joe Katchka, Kait McCay, Skye Schmidt.

Here are the 2019 Taste of Huntington Beach Winners

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

In honor of writer, former Taste of HB judge Eva Kilgore

1ST PLACE: Suzanne’s Catering

2ND PLACE: Pacific Hideaway, Shorebreak Hotel

3RD PLACE: Imuraya Mochi

MOST ENTHUSIASTIC

1ST PLACE: Avila’s El Ranchito

2ND PLACE: Old World Restaurant

3RD PLACE: Cruiser’s Pizza Bar Grill

BEST DECORATED

1ST PLACE: Deli-licious

2ND PLACE: Avila’s El Ranchito

3RD PLACE: Sweet Traders

BEST WHITE WINE

1ST PLACE: King Frosch Chardonnay

2ND PLACE: Cinquain Cellars 2017 Chardonnay

3RD PLACE: Riverstar Vineyards 2016 Rose

BEST RED WINE

1ST PLACE: King Frosch, Barrel-Aged Dry Dornfelder

2ND PLACE: Robert Hall, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

3RD PLACE: Riverstar Vineyards – 2016 Affinity Red Blend

BEST BEER

1ST PLACE: Hoparazzi, La Tarte Cerise

2ND PLACE: RIIP Brewing Co., Raider Bob

3RD PLACE: Evan’s Brewing – Approachable Bastard

STEWARD’S CHOICE SPECIALTY DRINK

1ST PLACE: Surf City Still Works, Sparkling Almond Mocktail

BEST APPETIZER / SNACK:

1ST PLACE: Tanner’s (Pasea Hotel) Tuna Poke Tacos:

Tuna Poke, Watermelon, Radish, Sea Beans

Tanner’s winning Tuna Poke Tacos
Photo by Joe Katchka

2ND PLACE: Pacific Hideaway (Shorebreak Hotel)

Forbidden Scallops: Seared Diver Scallop, Black Rice, Chorizo Cream, Roasted Corn Relish

3RD PLACE: The Public House by Evan’s Brewing:

Mini Bahn Mi Tacos: Stout at the Devil Beer-Braised Short Ribs, pickled carrots, red onion, jalapeno siracha aioli, queso fresco wrapped in flour tortillas

BEST ENTRÉE / SIDE DISH:

1ST PLACE: Market Broiler: Pan Seared Wild Caught Alaskan Halibut:

Parmesan and Panko Crusted Wild Caught Alaskan Halibut on top of Baby Greens tossed in a Zesty Lemon-thyme Vinaigrette

Market Broiler took First Place, Entree for this Alaskan Halibut.

2ND PLACE: Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking, Chicken & Sausage Pan Roast:

Tomato cream based creole dish with Cajun trinity served with rice

3RD PLACE: Luna Grill Lemon Chicken Kabob with Mediterranean Salad

BEST DESSERT:

1ST PLACE: TeaArias Strawberry Watermelon Cake

2ND PLACE: Sweet Traders Winning Banana Cake:

Our winning Banana Cake featured on Food Network’s competition show filled with yummy flambe bananas, caramelized pecans in a mascarpone cream and delicious sour cream chocolate ganache.

Sweet Traders Photo by Joe Katchka

3RD PLACE: Stonefire Grill Carrot Cake

Made from scratch carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

2019 CHAIRMAN’S AWARD:

Matt Liffreing, MarketWorks

Matt Liffreing comes out from behind the camera to receive the
Chairman’s Award from Dan Page. Photo by Joe Katchka.

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