On Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, from 6pm to 9pm, the Taste of Downtown will return to the East Village Arts District with two evenings of food, live music and art displays. Hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), the Taste of Downtown will take place on First Street between Linden and Elm avenues featuring cuisine from more than a dozen Downtown Long Beach restaurants.
The Taste of Downtown series, which takes place three times each year, offers residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy sample-sized servings of signature dishes from some of their favorite Downtown restaurants in a unique outdoor setting.
Participants at this year’s event include Auld Dubliner, AVIA Kitchen & Lounge, Buonos Authentic Pizzeria, Crème de la Crepe, District Wine, Gladstones, Kabob Curry, Mabel s Gourmet Pralines, Parkers Lighthouse, Quick Subs, Reef Restaurant, Sky Room, Utopia and Village Grind.
“Taste of Downtown provides an opportunity for consumers to sample dishes from their favorite restaurants and to try something new,” said DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian. “Downtown is full of choices when it comes to dining, and this event really showcases the diversity and quality of the overall experience.”
Yo Pitzy Jug Band and Paddy’s Pig will perform, filling the East Village with music as guests feast under the stars. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy live painting demonstrations by TinderBox and mobile art displays by Some Things Creative, both featuring Long Beach artists.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at downtownlongbeach.org or at the event for $1 each (or 12 for $10 and 24 for $20). Each restaurant will redeem tickets in exchange for a serving of their signature dish(es). Those who purchase a pack of 24 tickets will receive a complimentary ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific (while supplies last), valid any day until June 1, 2012. Those who bike to the event will receive complimentary bike valet (located at First and Elm) and one additional free Taste ticket (with purchase of first ticket booklet only), and they can take advantage of discounts offered by participating merchants.