I've just arrived at the Taste of Tacoma and what was the first thing I did? Walked around and shot photos of all the menus. I'm always looking out for the gullets and pocketbooks of readers.
A little later this afternoon, I'll post my top picks for what I mowed my way through today, but here are photos of most of the menus.
Hawaiian Fried Noodles
Pho Cyclo Cafe
Mrs. B's Desserts
Bambuza Vietnamese Bistro
Corn Dogs of the World
Deep Fried PB&Js
Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Dancing Zorba's Greek
Eduardo's Famous Fish Tacos
Buffalo Hot Wings
Carlos Catering Filipino Food
Chopstix Asian Bistro
Delicious Asia Grill
My Chef Lynn Mobile Truck
Ezell's Express Mobile Truck
Emerald Queen Taste of Tacoma 2013
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
Admission: Free, except the cost of food. The cheap bites have returned for $3.75 each (usually a smaller menu item). Menu items top out at $8.
Parking: $10 in the Funland lot across from the park, or park for free at Tacoma Community College and catch a free Taste Shuttle. Buses run all days and hours of the festival.
Information: tasteoftacoma.com or 253-759-8272
Bring with you: Sunscreen and an umbrella, hand wipes, sanitizer and make sure you wear your stretchy pants. There is limited seating, but attendees can bring blankets or portable camping chairs to set up impromptu picnic areas.
Music: Four entertainment stages — the Bowl Stage with classic rock; the Pond Stage with R&B, folk, gospel and world music; the Jazz Stage; and the Rock the Bowl @ Point D Kids Stage. Find the schedule here.
More entertainment: A comedy club, wine garden, a carnival, arts and crafts booths, commercial and vendor booths.
No smoking allowed: All areas of Tacoma public parks are smoke free. Also, leave the dogs at home.
Outside the park: Nearby Goldfish Tavern (5310 N. Pearl) is hosting a beer garden to raise funds to reopen the tavern. Not affiliated with the Taste but worth a stop before or after.