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Best Bites of Tacoma 2018

Happy Wednesday Friends,

Last weekend we were in Tacoma for the biggest food extravaganza in the south sound.  Every year near the end of June, the Taste of Tacoma takes place.  The setting to eat away the day is at Point Defiance Park and Zoo, located North of the city. Get your taste buds ready for the best bites of Tacoma!


The event is hosted by the Emerald Queen Casino in partnership with Boeing Employees Credit Union. Parking at Point Definance park is very limited, You can catch a shuttle to the event at Tacoma Community College. Entrance to the festival and the shuttle ride are free to the public.

Best Bites of Tacoma 2018

Enjoy the best of a summer picnic, soak up the sun and listen to music while you feast. The festival offers a 3 day weekend of food centered events. There is live entertainment across multiple stages, and booths from several local food brands.

There are also live cooking demonstrations and cook offs located at the Taste Cooks Stage inside the large tents.

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This festival is the best place to experience every kind of delectable dish from around the Sound.  This barbecue, OH MY I could've chowed down on that all day! There were booths and food trucks galore, it was really hard to choose.

BEst Bites of Tacoma 2018

I walked back and forth between the booths several times, trying to decide what to eat. I finally chose a vegetarian gyro. I've only tasted the meat version, the veggie gyro was even yummier! Creamy tzatziki sauce mixed with fresh vegetables, cradeled inside a crispy pita bread hit the spot!

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The rest of the family's choices were yummy as well.  My daughter ordered a Filipino plate. I grabbled a few bites of hers too, the pancit was fabulous!

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A great perk of festivals, is the chance to sample foods from different brands promoting the newest foodie products on the market.  I've always been a fan of Ken's dressing. The new line of "Simply Vinairgrette" did not disappoint.  The garlic and basil flavor was my favorite, and they gave us a few bottles to take home.

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The Rose Garden is a must see.  Rows and rows of  flowers bursting with vibrant  colors are yours to enjoy and walk through.  One of the best things of summer is seeing beautiful foliage and new flowers blooming everywhere.  This may be a place you want to sit and eat your bites, under the pagoda in the garden.

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You may be wondering what to wear in June to a Pacific Northwest festival.  The temperatures can vary so much, and somtimes we get the June gloom, ha!  Last weekend we lucked out and had toasty weather all weekend.

I chose a pair of white cropped pants, and an off the shoulder tee by Vince Camuto.  Shorts are an option as well, but be prepared- the morning and evenings can be on the cool side.


BEst Bites of Tacoma 2018

Festival season is on all across the U.S. and July 4th is just around the corner.  Maybe you will be inspired to seek out all the fun in your local area, or festivals on the road to your destinations!  Happy Travels!

Do you love festivals, or are they just MEH? 


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15 comments

  1. That veggie gyro looks delicious - almost like the one I had in Greece a few years ago! It seems like a fun festival!

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    1. Gyors are so yum, it was fun to try a diff one this time...Greece wowza I wanna go!

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  2. Yum!! Tons of food, cooking demonstrations...reading this made me super hungry!! That gyro looks amazing! Really, I'm a fan of anything with tzatziki.

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  3. I love to visit events like this! Here in LA we have night markets (at least for the summer). You have to buy your food but with the big number of vendors offering samples, you end up filling up quickly without spending a lot of money. I would like to bump into on of this events while visiting the Seattle area. Oh, I din't know you guys have June Gloom too.

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    1. Oh yeah June gloom is def a thing here..I think we have almost all year gloom, ha ha...I am so jealous you live in LA, I would so love to live there, I bet the festivals are endless!

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  4. Oh this looks amazing! I've been doing festivals in Asia for a while now so it's really cool to see an American style food fest :)

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    1. OHHH I would love to go to one like this in Asia, I have not been abroad yet...I need to soon!

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  5. The food looks so amazing. You descriptions are making my mouth water. Love your style too 😀

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and the kind comment, hope you are having a great summer!

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  6. hmmmmI love food markets and festvals. I usually go round and try as much as I can. I'm so hungry now after reading this!

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    1. Hi Chiera, ha ha yes there was so much food to pick from, I was hungry all day I think!

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  7. I love food festivals! Also, food trucks are the best. I haven't been to Tacoma yet so it's good to know events like this.

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    1. Yes unfortunatley they only do it there once a year, but there are always tons of food festivals around the Seattle area, so come on and visit!

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  8. Ugh festival food is the best food! Reminds me of some of the offerings near me.

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    1. YEs too many choicex is the problem..ahhaha

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