Sample the Best of the Motor City at Metro Detroit Taste Fest

By: Amber Ogden | June 10, 2015

No matter what your favorite cuisine may be, there is one thing that unites all Metro Detroit foodies: we love to eat. If you consider yourself a food connoisseur of sorts, you’re going to want to find yourself at Metro Detroit Taste Fest this Thursday, June 11.

The Social Connection and Ultimate Fun Productions are two of the food-tastic event’s sponsors, and the duo know a thing or two about putting together alluring food and drink events (see this year’s wildly successful Mac N’ Brews, for example).

Tomorrow’s Metro Detroit Taste Fest will give attendees more than 150 different samples of the best the Motor City has to offer in terms of cuisine, craft beer, wine and cocktails. According to Regina Stocco, president of The Social Connection, there will be a wide variety of cuisine from restaurants from all corners of southeast Michigan. Restaurants will range from casual to exclusive, and there is an excellent balance between appetizers and snack foods, hearty and savory tastes, and sweet desserts.

Participating eateries at Metro Detroit Taste Fest include:

Metro Detroit Taste Fest

(Photo provided by Regina Stocco of The Social Connection)

1917 American Bistro, 2nd Street Sub Shop, Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Brave Dave’s Salsa, Buffalo Wild Wings, DeAngelo’s Soulfood Deli & More, Dorsey Culinary Schools, Granite City Food & Brewery, Gumbo’s, Heaven Scent BBQ & Catering, The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Michigan, Ironwood Grill, Kaleidoscope Catering, Katherine’s Catering, Lafayette Market, Little Z’s BBQ and Catering, MexicanTown Bakery, Mt. Chalet, Motor City Meatball Kitchen, On the Border, Three Blind Mice Irish Pub and more.

You’ll find flavors from American, Middle Eastern, Italian, Asian, Mexican and Irish American dishes, all under one roof at Metro Detroit Taste Fest. Where else can you say the same?

In terms of specific dishes, here are a few sneak peeks to get your appetite ready: you can expect Famous Crab Cakes from 1917 American Bistro, Sloppy Dave’s from Bagger Dave’s, Asian Glazed Shrimp from Granite City Food & Brewery, Pulled Pork Sliders from Ironwood Grill, Zesty Gazpacho Shooters from Lafayette Market, Chili Mac and Cheese from Little Z’s BBQ and Catering, and Shepherd’s Pie from Three Blind Mice Irish Pub.

No food event at the Royal Oak Farmers Market would be complete without a few drinks, and there will be plenty to choose from at Metro Detroit Taste Fest. Beverages will be provided by Cabresto Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, along with a selection of Michigan craft beers from Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Dragonmead Microwbrewery, Rochester Mills Beer. Co and Atwater Brewery.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll most likely walk out of the farmers market requiring a cavity filling. Try mini pink lemonade cupcakes from A Slice of Heaven Cakes, beer floats and bacon maple sundaes from Hudsonville Ice Cream, rum cake from MexicanTown Bakery or strawberry shortcake vodka cheesecake from Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes. And that’s only a short preview of items from the dessert offerings!

Metro Detroit Taste Fest

(Photo provided by Regina Stocco of The Social Connection)

The strolling food and drink event will also include live entertainment throughout the evening, courtesy of DJ Escalade and Mark Reitenga, an acoustic and live DJ who will play a mix of tunes. As you walk around, you’ll also come across a few retailers and artists set up throughout the event, including Detroit Respect, Unique Designs and Detroit Manufacturing.

In addition to feeding countless hungry stomachs on Thursday night, a portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards benefitting charity, Handy Hearts, a local organization dedicated to providing funding for therapies for cancer patients in Metro Detroit.

Tickets to Metro Detroit Taste Fest can be purchased online, and cost $35 for general admission (includes entry at 7:30 p.m. along with unlimited food samples, 10 cocktail/beverage samples, a keepsake photo and commemorative glass) or $50 for VIP admission (includes entry at 6:30 p.m., unlimited food samples, 15 beverage samples, a keepsake photo and commemorative glass).

The Social Connection and Ultimate Fun Productions have earned the reputation of top notch event planners in the Motor City, as the food and drink centered events they put on are always highly attended by local restaurants and vendors, as well as the public. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more fun and scrumptious things to come this summer!

For more information on Metro Detroit Taste Fest, visit the official website or Facebook page.