Taste of St. Louis 2014
September 19-21, 2014
Chesterfield Arena in Central Park and Chesterfield Village
St. Louis’ premiere foodie event has changed locales this year folks! Head to Chesterfield this weekend to get your nosh on! This year’s event promises to be better than ever with bigger bands, famous chefs, and the Battle Royale. Why move from Downtown you ask? The move to Chesterfield was prompted by the desire to bring bigger acts and grow the event for the entire St. Louis region.
The big change in this year’s lineup is the addition of the Bud Light Amphitheatre Stage, home of said big bands and Food Network Chefs and Beers of the World Tasting Experience. Tickets for the events at the Amphitheater are available online or can be purchased the day of the event. VIP tickets include a reception, swag bag, VIP seating and 10 tickets for the Beers of the World Tasting Experience. VIP tickets are $85 pre-sale and $100 day of event. General admission tickets include lawn seating and 10 tickets for the Beers of the World Tasting Experience. General admission tickets are $45 pre-sale and $55 day of the event.
Why would you want to buy a ticket? The lineup for Friday night includes celebrity chef Tyler Florence, a mainstay of the Food Network and host of recent shows such as The Great Food Truck Race. After Tyler’s appearance, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, a Blues band with a contemporary pop element, will take the stage to kick-off a great weekend. Saturday, Chef Duff Goldman of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes and owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore takes the stage followed by The Urge. Sunday’s events in the Amphitheater are free and feature our favorite popular locals: That 80’s Band and Groovethang. Fireworks follow each night’s band.
The Stella Artois Battle Royale, the annual chef knife throw down, starts on Friday and battles through Sunday. Eight local chefs participate to find the best of St. Louis in a series of 7 competitions. Competing this year are: Chef Aaron Baggett, EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery; Chef Eric Brenner, Fit Fuel 365; Chef Carl Hazel, The Scottish Arms; Chef Josh Norris, Triumph Grill; Chef D. Scott Phillips, Balaban’s; Chef Dave Rook, Bishop’s Post; Chef Robert Trampier, St. Louis Country Club; and Chef Wil Pelly, Sanctuaria.
Interspersed with the Battle Royale competitions are some of our greatest chefs demonstrating and educating on topics near and dear to our culinary hearts (and tummies!). Admission to these events is free.
Regardless of who is battling or playing amazing music, the real reason you want to attend is the food. Over 35 of the regions restaurants are represented with everything from BBQ to lumpia, ice cream to tikka masala, sliders, cupcakes, bacon peanut brittle, and tons of other tempting tasty nibbles. Vendors are now selling smaller tasting portions as well as their normal portions, so you can afford to try multiple items. What a great way to try a new cuisine or find a new favorite restaurant! Menus for each restaurant are available online so you can plan your attack! While you are eating, head over to the Art and Wine Walk or take the kids to Kid City for interactive exhibits, fun photos, Big Top performances, and live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.
Bring your battle gear and your appetite for good food and great music! It promises to be a busy and tasty weekend here in St. Louis! Find out more information on Oktoberfest and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and tons of other events by subscribing and Liking us on Facebook!
Bacon peanut brittle photo courtesy of appehtite.ca
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