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Taste of St. Louis: What to know before you go

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The 14th annual Taste of St. Louis, a free festival sponsored in part by West Newsmagazine, returns to the Chesterfield Amphitheater Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Sip beverages and graze up and down Restaurant Row, witness chefs battle it out in a culinary competition and enjoy plenty of live music, kids activities and shopping. Bring the whole family!

Restaurant Row and Culinary Stage: 

Taste of St. Louis celebrates the best of the region – including music, art, culture and kids – but the food and culinary artists are, without a doubt, the jewels of the event. The two most popular attractions are Synergy Wealth Solutions’ Restaurant Row and the Stella Artois Culinary Stage.

Get a taste of 30-plus regional eateries, tasty beverages and desserts extraordinaire all in one place on Restaurant Row. Festival-goers can order menu items or smaller portions called “Taste Bites.” All restaurants take cash and many take credit cards. ATMs are available on-site.

Join in on the excitement at the Stella Artois Culinary Stage as eight of the region’s top chefs battle it out for the Chef Battle Royale Championship. The culinary stage also features entertainment and educational demonstrations from well-known chefs, as well as the annual Backstoppalooza Charity Cookoff.

The Music Stage

Located directly across from Restaurant Row, the Taste of St. Louis Music Stage will be sizzling from open to close each day with free concerts. This year’s festival features a diverse mix of local talent as well as impressive tributes to favorite classic bands.

On Friday, Sept. 14, NoXcuse and Dirty Muggs take the stage at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. respectively.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, Nite Owl kicks off the festival at 11:45 a.m. That afternoon, Empire Groove takes the stage at 2 p.m.;  KICK X – INXS Tribute performs at 4:30 p.m.; Murmur – A Tribute to REM by 120 Minutes takes over at 6:15 p.m.; and Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience closes out the night with an 8:30 p.m. performance. 

On Sunday, Sept. 16, Native Sons begins with an 11:45 a.m. concert; The Dog’s Breakfast performs at 1:45 p.m.; Feel performs at 3:45 p.m.; and Elliott Pearson and the Passing Lanes will have the final performance of the festival at 5:45 p.m.

Kids’ Kitchen

The Kids’ Kitchen offers fun, educational activities for all ages from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. Kids’ Kitchen partners with Xplor and SCOPE [Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration] to bring unique, interactive, education-to-career experiences with an emphasis on STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math].

Activities include making a DNA bracelet, engineering a stomp rocket, designing 3D glasses and more.

Shop at The Village and The Market

In addition to the best-of-the-region food and drinks, great live entertainment and kids activities, the shopping opportunities at Taste of St. Louis can’t be overlooked. Taste of St. Louis features two shopping areas, The Village and The Market. 

The Village celebrates all things old, new and re-imagined in a stylish and exclusive open-air market. One-of-a-kind art, vintage treasures, handmade creations, fabulous jewelry and made-in-the-USA clothing are just some of the items you can find in The Village. 

Local and national businesses showcase their wares, services and style at The Market. Enjoy freebies, goods and services from local businesses. Shop, sample, dance, try on, try out, be entertained, learn stuff and receive great giveaways!

New to the festival this year is the Dessert & Bubbly Bar, serving drinks, sweets and coffee and sure to be a hot spot. In addition, all event bars offer beer, wine, cocktails, soda and fresh lemonade.


Free Parking is available at Chesterfield Mall with a walking path to the event site. Free ADA Parking is available at Lydia Hill Drive and Veterans Place Drive. Must have an ADA Hangtag. 

For the complete schedule, maps and more information, visit TasteSTL.com.
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