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By Vanessa Showalter Photography by Dan Cohen
OCSocialScene was pleased to be a media sponsor for the Taste of Newport, which celebrated its 24th year this past weekend with a bang as more than 50,000 people from all of over the Southland participated in the three-day food, wine and music festival. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Newport offered patrons nearly 35 of the area’s finest restaurants, as well as more than 15 premium wineries from throughout California, including ice cold brews and tantalizing cocktails.
OCSocialScene sponsored the Event Sponsor Tent where guests were treated to bags of Laura Scudder’s potato chips and complimentary packets of dip mix.
“We are thrilled to be part of this iconic Newport Beach event,” said OCSS founder and editor-in-chief Lynn Selich. “It has been a pleasure working with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association who worked tirelessly to make this year’s event better than ever. We’d like to thank Laura Scudders for providing the chips and dip which were a fun addition to the tent’s ambiance and experience.”
From first timers to people who have attended every year for 20 years, Taste of Newport had something for everybody from spicy lobster rolls at Kitayama and seasonal organic curry at Clay Oven Indian Cuisine to salmon sliders at Whole Foods Market and Spanish paella at Tapas Restaurant. Let’s not forget about the decadent desserts from salted caramel butterscotch pudding at Yard House Restaurant and Crème Brulee at Port Restaurant.
One of the participating chefs during Taste of Newport’s Chef Demos was Chef Greeta of Clay Oven Indian Cuisine. She has been participating in this event for three years now and loves it.
“One of our primary goals is to be part of our community by giving back,” said Chef Greeta. “For over 26 years, we’ve been offering our customers with fresh, sustainable, local and organic Indian cuisine such as Watermelon Curry and Mango Coconut Shrimp.”
Attendees didn’t have to worry about being thirsty at this event as the Taste of Newport offered a variety of drinking options from fine wines at Francis Coppola Wine Estates to Grey Goose Vodka specialties and Kirin and Stella Artois beers to free water from Nordaq Fresh.
“I think this is our 10th year in a row,” said Taste of Newport attendee Ken Schultz. “My wife and I come hungry and always leave this event extremely satisfied.”
Some Taste of Newport attendees decided to come to the event just to hear the music from the world class live entertainment. In addition to Blonde/Devo on Saturday evening, this year’s musical lineup included top artists from several musical genres like pop sensation Andy Grammer on Friday and Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Supertramp on Sunday.
“This is our 2nd time performing at this prestigious event,” said Rick Grea, the percussionist for the band MVPs.” “We’d be honored to come back next year.”
For more than 24 years, The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Taste of Newport. This business organization has been in existence since 1907 and is comprised of nearly 1,000 local businesses with 1,700 individuals representing over 25,000 employees who believe in the importance of creating a sense of community among local businesses.
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