The eclectic feast takes place at Mallory Square, the waterfront home of Key West’s world-renowned nightly Sunset Celebration. It traditionally showcases indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European fare.
Chefs from more than 50 local restaurants and catering companies typically participate, donating their time and talent to create offerings that include gourmet delights, casual tidbits and decadent desserts.
“Foodies” can complement the delicacies with their choice of more than 100 beers and wines available for sampling.
In addition, a kids’ zone is planned to entertain young attendees.
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 can purchase $25 packages that include either a plate, commemorative wine glass or pint beer glass and 20 tickets to be exchanged for food and beverages. “Tastes” typically “cost” three to six tickets each.
Other options range from a “date night” package for two people to a company package for five people. Additional food tickets can be purchased as well. Advance tickets are available at https://keystix.ticketforce.com.
As well as its flavors, the culinary celebration displays Key West’s caring spirit. The feast is a benefit for the Florida Keys’ A.H. of Monroe County that focuses on accessible healthcare, affordable housing and AIDS/HIV services.
Money raised also supports the SMART Ride, an annual Miami-to-Key-West bicycle trek that benefits Florida agencies providing healthcare and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS: A.H., Pridelines, Broward House, Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Miracle of Love Inc. and Compass Community Center.
Event information: ahmonroe.org/ or 305-296-6196
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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