Greer's OC: Sink teeth into Tastefest

May 02, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Celebrate the inaugural OC Tastefest, a food, wine and entertainment festival, taking place from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The two-day event will highlight the range of cuisine and culture in Orange County.

More than 25 restaurants will offer samples of new and seasonal items mixed with classic menu items. Participating restaurants include Brasserie Pascal, 118 Degrees, Marrakesh, Salt Creek Grille, Ten Asian Bistro, Wahoo's Fish Taco and Slater's 50/50. Specialty retailers will offer culinary and other items to purchase, including Cutco Cutlery, Olive Oil & Beyond, and Bad Pickle T-Shirts.

Stop by the Celebrity Chef Challenge, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, to find out which dishes six challenger chefs — including Raya Belna of Seabirds food truck, Doug Stratton of Spiced Bamboo, Bridget Reilly of Bite Market, Stef Kelly of Stef Candy Co., Anna Allen of Delicious Nutrition, and Chris Tzorin — will create.


Hosting chefs include Susan Irby the Bikini Chef with Stuart O'Keeffe and Manouschka Guerrier of Food Network's "Private Chefs of Beverly Hills." A few judges include Scotty of 24 Carrots, Pascal Olhats of Pascal Restaurant and Café Jardin, Jonathan Grahm, chocolatier to the stars, Jenny Rose of 118 Degrees and Rachel Marie of Blackmarket Bakery.

Live entertainment includes performances by Steely Dan tribute artist Pretzel Logic and '80s sensation Flashback Heart Attack. On Saturday, the Santana tribute band Savor will perform along with the Eagles tribute band Desperado and L.A. rock favorite the Hollywood Stones.

All registered OC Marathon runners will receive a free ticket to OC Tastefest. Runners can pick up their bibs at the OC Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday and attend the OC Tastefest later.

OC Tastefest costs $12 for a one-day ticket. General admission at the event will be $20 per day. General admission tickets include10 Tastefest coupons ($5 value). For more information, visit


Searching for a Mother's Day gift?

TOUS, the Spanish luxury brand, is set to show some motherly love by hosting a pop-up shop in Diamond Jamboree in Irvine through Sunday. The TOUS pop-up will also offer a special Mother's Day promotion.

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