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2018 Taste of Tacoma

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2018 Taste of Tacoma

June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - June 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm


Sip and sample some amazing local wines and craft beers at Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU, June 22 through 24 at Point Defiance Park. The Rose Garden will host the Craft Beer & Wine Tasting, which will give guests a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere to sample some Washington wines & craft beers. Admission to the Taste is free, however, guests must be 21 or older to enter the Craft Beer and Wine Tasting area and to purchase tasting packages.

The Wine Tasting sponsored by The News Tribune, will host several local wineries, including Silver Lake Winery, Samson Estates Winery, Vino Aquino Winery of Tacoma and more. Guests can purchase additional tasting tickets and bottles of which will be available for purchase and consumption onsite, with prices depending on the wine varietal.   To experience the best of the Craft Beer and Wine Tasting, you can use your tasting tickets to sample wines and beers at any winery or brewery in the Rose Garden.

In conjunction with the wine tasting, The Rose Garden will also host a Craft Beer Tasting, sponsored by 96.5 JACK FM. Both the Craft Beer Tasting and Wine Tasting package cost $20 and each package includes six pours and a commemorative tasting glass. If you’re looking for a few more tastes, you can purchase additional tasting tickets for $2!  Participating breweries include Odd Otter Brewing Company, Gig Harbor Brewing, Chainline Brewing Company, Hellbent Brewing Company and Schooner Exact Brewing Co.

New for 2018!  Taste Experience Package including South Sound Bites + Craft Beer & Wine Tasting – includes:

  • Trip through South Sound Bites – 5 Large Tastes for a great cause in support of Emergency Food Network
  • VIP Fast-line access to South Sound Bites
  • Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Package – souvenir tasting glass and six beverage (beer or wine) tickets

COST: $30 online (Retail onsite $37) on sale now at

Back by popular demand, Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Co. (which is the “Most Awarded Distillery in the U.S.” four years in a row) will be the featured spirits provider at the Taste of Tacoma®, and will be serving both Classic and Signature drinks in the Beer Gardens sponsored by Hot 103.7.  The Beer Gardens will also feature brews by Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, and 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
There are two great ways to save money at these venues including our Taste Happy Hour from 11am to 2pm each day. Happy Hour gets you $3 off a Craft Beer or Wine Tasting package in the Rose Garden, and $1 off beers and mixed drinks in the beer gardens. BECU Card members can get $5 off Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Packages or free corking on a bottle of wine – a $5 savings, at The Wine Tasting all day, every day of the event, with proof of membership. (Must provide debit card and/or a bank statement; only one discount can be applied at a time & deals cannot be combined.)

Enjoy the relaxing sounds of local smooth jazz artists, R&B and more at The Rose Garden Stage sponsored by 95.7 The Jet, which is located inside the Craft Beer and Wine Tasting area. The featured artists include electric 6-string violinist & local celebrity, Geoffrey Castle and Smooth Jazz guitarist Michael Powers and more.

That’s not all, the Taste also hosts 30+ restaurants and food trucks, specialty and artisan food vendors, 4 music stages with over 80 live bands, South Sound Bites restaurant showcase, The Taste Cooks! demo stage, handcraft vendors, the Funtastic Carnival Rides and more! Plus, guests can take the FREE Taste Express operated by Pierce Transit, courtesy of Xfinity from TCC – free to park & free to ride!

To purchase The Taste Experience South Sound Bites + Craft Beer and Wine Tasting package, or for more information on everything else the Taste of Tacoma® has to offer, please visit


June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am
June 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
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Point Defiance Park
5400 N Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407 United States
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