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Indulge in a Taste of Newport this weekend

The 24th annual event brings great food, drinks and live entertainment to Fashion Island

by Kara VaporeanPublished: September 13, 2012 10:05 AM

Newport Beach is celebrating the 24th Taste of Newport this weekend, with appetizing food, delectable drinks and live entertainment by world-class musicians starting Friday through Sunday.

"Now in our 24th year, we have something for everyone; outstanding restaurants, the great backdrop of Newport Beach and world-class live entertainment every day. I don’t know that you can find an event that has the culinary and entertainment offerings like the Taste of Newport," said Jeff Parker, vice president of Newport Beach’s Chamber of Commerce.

More than 50,000 patrons are expected to take over Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island for Newport’s party of the year. Attendees will enjoy tastes from 35 of Newport Beach’s best restaurants, more than 15 California wineries, fresh brews and cocktails.

A variety of dishes will be provided by local favorites such as Mario's "A Taste of Italy," Sabatino's Lido Shipyard Sausage Co., Rockin Baja Coastal Cantina and several others from Newport‘s finest cuisines. Wine connoisseurs can a enjoy a sip from premium wineries including California’s Skinnygirl, Mumm Napa, Josh Cellars and many more.

"Thanks to great cooperative efforts with our sponsors, local restaurateurs and many other valuable event partners, the Taste has become a highly anticipated SoCal event,” Parker said.

Each night will include live entertainment from top national musicians along with several local artists. On Friday night the main stage will feature pop star and singer/songwriter Andy Grammer, known for his hit song “Keep Your Head Up.” On Saturday Blondie and Devo will take the stage as part of the “Whip It To Shreds Tour,” with hits from the 1970s and ‘80s. And on Sunday, composer Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Supertramp will close the weekend with progressive rock of the late 1960s and ‘70s.

For tickets and more information visit tasteofnewport.com or call the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949-729-4400.

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