Taste of the Beach

Patrons will purchase tickets for $1.00 each and use those tickets for tastes of food and beverages. Items will cost anywhere between one and 4 tickets each. Restaurants will compete for bragging rights and our etched glassware awards in these categories; Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Judges Choice, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Hosted by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, proceeds from the 2018 Taste of the Beach will benefit Betty Griffin Center, a nonprofit agency that provides shelter, counseling and other programs in St. Johns County to help victims of domestic violence and their children.

2018 Winners

2018 Event Judges:
Andy & Helen Viola, Don Samora, James Taylor, Ranger Mark Giblin, and Brian Law.

BEST APPETIZERS:
1st Place - Salt Life Food Shack, Crab & Spinach Grilled Oyster
2nd Place - Sunset Grill, Chicken & Waffle Sliders
3rd Place - South Beach Grille, Blackened Shrimp Egg Roll

BEST ENTREES:
1st Place - South Beach Grill, Ahi Burger Slider
2nd Place - Sunset Grille, Shrimp & Grits Tacos
3rd Place - Blackfly, Korean BBQ Braised Short Ribs

PEOPLES' CHOICE BEST RESTAURANT:
1st Place - Salt Life Food Shack, Crab & Spinach Grilled Oyster
2nd Place - Sunset Grille, Shrimp & Grits Tacos
3rd Place - Black Fly, Churros Sundae w Bourbon Caramel Hot Fudge

BEST BOOTH DECOR:
1st Place - Salt Life Food Shack

BEST DESSERTS:
1st Place - Blackfly, Churros Sundae w Bourbon & Caramel Hot Fudge
2nd Place - Obi’s Fillin Station, Oreo Cheesecake Silk Pie
3rd Place - Salt Life Food Shack, Mini Rum Cake

JUDGES' CHOICE OVERALL:
1st Place - Sunset Grill, Shrimp & Grits Tacos
2nd Place - South Beach Grill, Blackened Shrimp Egg Roll
3rd Place - Obi’s Fillin Station, Oreo Silk Cheesecake

2017 Winners

2017 Event Judges:
Dr. Joe Saviak, Ron Brown, Paolo Pece,  Wayne Fusco, and Chief Robert Hardwick

BEST APPETIZERS:
1st Place – Blackfly – Seafood Duo – Seared Ahi Tuna & Chili Lime Shrimp in Miso Butter & Soy Reduction
2nd Place - Growers Alliance Coffee Shop – Beet Waldorf Salad
3rd Place – Sunset Grille – Lobster Egg Roll
BEST ENTREES:
1st Place – Sunset Grille – Shrimp & Grits
2nd Place - Blackfly Restaurant – Salmon Togarashi
3rd Place – Viola’s Pizza & Pasta – Crepe Manicotti

PEOPLES' CHOICE BEST RESTAURANT:
1st Place – Sunset Grille
2nd Place - Viola’s Pizza, Pasta and Seafood
3rd Place - Blackfly
BEST BOOTH DECOR:
1st Place - Viola’s Pizza, Pasta & Seafood
2nd Place - Amici
3rd Place - Blackfly

BEST DESSERTS:
1st Place - Blackfly Restaurant – Banana Beignet w Bourbon Sauce
2nd Place – Purple Olive – Chocolate Gateau
3rd Place – Amici – Zabaglione
JUDGES' CHOICE OVERALL:
1st Place – Blackfly Restaurant – Banana Beignet w Bourbon Sauce
2nd Place – Jasper’s Barbeque - Boneless Chicken over Spinach Florentine
3rd Place – Tides Oyster Bar – Chargrilled Oysters