Taste of St. Louis returns to Chesterfield Amphitheater Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17. Fair-goers can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, a stellar music scene, kids’ activities and a marketplace of local treasures.
Masters of mixology: For the first time, the event features signature, handcrafted cocktails with high-end liquors, including tequilas, bourbons, vodkas and rums. Anheuser-Busch products and a selection of fine wines also are available, giving Taste of St. Louis the largest mix of beverages in its 13-year history.
Restaurant Row: As the crown jewel of “The Ultimate Food Experience,” Restaurant Row offers festival-goers the opportunity to sample cuisine from dozens of exceptional dining establishments. In addition to their regular menu selections, the restaurants offer “Taste Bites” – smaller portions of their cuisine – so patrons can try more throughout the day.
As always, all restaurants take cash and many take credit cards. ATMs are available on-site. For a complete list of participants, visit www.tastestl.com/restaurant-row.
Stella Artois Culinary Stage: Once again, eight chefs go head-to-head in a fiery culinary cook-off throughout the event weekend. After three days of intense competition, only one chef can be crowned the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Champion.
Each chef is given 40 minutes to produce his or her best “battle” dish in front of a live audience. The field narrows in seven battles throughout the weekend, hosted by Taste of St. Louis Executive Chef Vito Racanelli, until only two chefs remain to vie for the championship title. Battles are judged by local and national food experts, celebrities and culinary sponsors.
Hep C Hope® Music Stage: An amazing lineup of local talent takes the stage from open to close all three days – and every show is free to attend. The stage is located directly across from Restaurant Row.
“St. Louis has an incredible music scene with a number of very different genres and styles,” said Taste of St. Louis producer Mike Kociela. “For the first time, we are focusing exclusively on the amazing musicians found right here in our great city.”
The Village: Farmhouse style meets inspired, reimagined creations. Here, Taste of St. Louis celebrates the region’s vibrant and dynamic “finder/creator” culture.
“It’s a plethora of handcrafted, upcycled and one-of-a-kind treasures,” said K Sonderegger, the marketing director for Taste of St. Louis.
The Marketplace: “This is the area for local companies, small businesses and mom-and-pop places around St. Louis,” Sonderegger explained. Guests can experience interactive exhibits and participate in giveaways while strolling through 30 or so booths in The Marketplace.
Kids’ Kitchen: Free, interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math experiences are presented by SCOPE [Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration]. Children and adults alike can enjoy educational booths and giveaways while digging into robotics, engineering, botany, geology, biochemistry, rocketry and virtual reality.
Nourishing the community: Over the past 13 years, Taste of St. Louis has raised more than $480,000 in charitable donations thanks to the generosity of its sponsors and patrons.
Taste of St. Louis is sponsored, in part, by West Newsmagazine.