(UPDATED 5/26/2021) Description of the Annual Taste of East Sacramento, a fundraising event sponsored by the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.
The 9th Annual Taste of East Sacramento, the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce fundraiser that benefits Pops in the Park and other Chamber-sponsored events, was held on Saturday, July 22. The venue was the new Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church complex on Alhambra Blvd. across from the McKinley Park Clunie Community Center.
The well-attended event took place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It had been a triple-digit day, so a friend and I took our time as we strolled to the venue. Taste of East Sacramento attendees had been encouraged to walk when possible. A bike valet service was also available for those who chose to bike to the event.
I was very much looking forward to seeing the new Church facilities. The new building and landscaping is an attractive addition to the neighborhood.
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When we arrived there was a good-sized crowd in attendance. Everyone was clearly having a good time. We helped ourselves to a souvenir wine glass and made our way into the main venue.
Food, Drink & Music
Balloons helped add to the festive atmosphere. Music was provided by Sorci and Martini playing saxophone and keyboard with vocals. At the end of the evening one of my friends commented on how much she had enjoyed the music – mentioning that many of the songs played by Sorci and Martini were on her playlist.
Samples of both wine and beer were available, and the food offerings featured many of East Sacramento’s best restaurants. Given the large number of participating vendors a trip around the room to scope out the offerings seemed advisable before deciding where to start. It was obvious that we were not going to be able to sample everything.
Restaurants participating included Selland’s Market Café, Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, Formoli’s Bistro, Hawks Provisions and Public House, One Speed, OBO’ Italian Table and Bar, Evan’s Kitchen and Catering, Roxie Deli & Barbeque, and V. Miller Meats to name a few.
See related blog posts: Sellands Market Café ; One-Speed Take Out Tuesday Special and One-Speed ; Kru Revisited and Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine ; Formoli’s Bistro ; Hawks Public House ; OBO’ Italian Table and Bar ; Evan’s Kitchen ; Roxie Deli & BBQ ; and, V. Miller Meats .
There were also 21 wineries – each offering tastings of a variety of wines. Additionally, participating in the event were two yet-to-open East Sacramento establishments – Canon and Sac Yard Community Tap House.
The Taste of East Sacramento event was very well organized. The good-sized main room was set up with the restaurants situated around the perimeter, and in the center, between the tables offering wine and beer, there was sufficient space to maneuver around the room.
High-top tables, so one could put down their glass and plate, were strategically placed. The foyer of the building outside the main venue also had food and drink – including Greek food provided by the Church providing a preview of the foods that will be available at the upcoming Sacramento Greek Festival.
The Sacramento Greek Festival will be held this year at the new facility October 6-8. It will be great to be able to stroll over to the event! The Sacramento Greek Festival, a very popular local event, has most recently been held at the Sacramento Convention Center.
See related blog post: Greek Festival Returns to East Sac
To sum up, it was a most enjoyable way to spend an evening – chatting with friends and neighbors, and sampling great food and wine. A Sacramento tradition to put on your calendar for next year!
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