As an avid fan of craft beer and father to two toddlers, I often struggle to find a food event that will satisfy both me and my kids. My kids love the typical kids Mac N Cheese and Pizza fare while I love me some adult size burger and brews. My burger has to be hot and juicy and my beer has to be local craft. Perhaps adding some tunes while eating would be nice as well. Yes, I can be known as difficult so I’ve heard. But lucky for me, there’s an event near my backyard called the Taste of Anaheim and now in it’s 20th year, it did NOT disappoint.
The $40 Pre-sale ticket for this all inclusive event is worth every penny. Not only do you get all of the food tastings, you also get drinks that are offered either by the restaurants (Some Alcoholic /Some Virgin) as well as some breweries. Of course I was happy to see Noble Ale Works s. They had their Big Whig IPA, The Irisher, Cherry Jubilee, and their famous Naughty Sauce. Yes, I got to try all of them. In addition, I was also able to try Hanger24’s Betty IPA and their famous Orange Wheat. But if that wasn’t enough, additional beer / liquor, tickets were also available for purchase.
But what really kicked up this party up a notch was the music. There were Hot August Night (Tribute band for Neil Diamond) L.A. vation, (Tribute band for U2), and No Duh (Tribute band for No Doubt). Thanks to the bands, they kept the party going all night long and successfully made this event into a party.
As for the food, the choices were abundant. Some of my favorites were the tastings from Disney. The caliber of food from the Disney Chefs has always impressed me and this year they brought a Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich and a Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Ribs served with cole slaw, beans, and cornbread. The ribs were soft, fall off the bones goodness and smothered in smoky BBQ sauce. Theme park food has evolved from what I can remember when I was a kid having the typical burger and fries.
And if your party has people who doesn’t drink, don’t worry. There were plenty of vendors that had non alcoholic drinks during the event. Nekter was on hand to give tasters of their popular juices. Only the natural and freshest ingredients are used for their juices promoting a healthy living lifestyle. ESPN Zone also had made a lemonade and a pineapple pomegranate cooler from scratch.
As for kids, ours were glued on some of the game booths with giveaways. Dave and Busters and ESPN Zone kept them busy with spinning the wheel and winning prizes such as super big glasses, pens, and an assortment of candies. Thank goodness Dave and Busters also had kid friendly philly-cheesesteak sandwiches while we waited. They got to eat and play at the same time. If your kids were also 5 years and under to this event, the admission for them is free. Yes, Free. Another great reason to bring them with you.
So the next time you and your family can’t agree on where go, consider going to The Taste of Anaheim. Here, you can stuff yourself silly, listen to great tunes, win lots of cool prizes, and go home singing U2 songs on the car ride home and call it a great night.