KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Attendees can savor Florida Keys flavors at the 22nd annual Taste of Key West, a tempting tasting set for 6-9 p.m. Monday, April 24.
For the first time, the mouthwatering event is to take place at Mallory Square, the waterfront home of Key West's world-renowned nightly Sunset Celebration. Many of the celebration's artisans are to be featured at the adjacent Margaritaville Resort & Marina.
The open-air gala traditionally spotlights indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European specialties — all accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world.
As well as its flavors, the culinary celebration displays the island city's caring spirit. The feast is a benefit for the Florida Keys' AIDS Help organization.
Chefs from more than 50 local restaurants and catering companies typically participate, donating their time and talent to create dishes including gourmet delights, casual tidbits and decadent desserts.
Attending "foodies" can complement the delicacies with their choice of vintages from 100 wineries and vineyards, provided by Republic National Distributing Company.
A large beer selection is to be available as well. Collectible pint beer mugs will be sold to benefit the Southernmost HIV/AIDS Ride, which helps fund Florida agencies serving those living with HIV/AIDS.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Biking or walking to the event is suggested, but limited parking may be available at Mallory Square.
General admission to Taste of Key West is free. Attendees purchase tickets for $1 apiece to be exchanged for beverages and "tastes" that typically "cost" three to six tickets each.
Advance admission tickets can be purchased for $25 per person and include $20 in tasting tickets and a commemorative Taste of Key West wine glass. Advance tickets are available online.
Event information: ahmonroe.org or 305-296-6196
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
The open-air gala traditionally spotlights indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, including fresh-off-the-boat local seafood.
For the first time, the mouthwatering event is to take place at Mallory Square, the waterfront home of Key West's world-renowned nightly Sunset Celebration.