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Great Taste of the Grove Food and Entertainment Guide

The Great Taste of the Grove this weekend will celebrate its 22nd year of partying. An array of food, drink, and live music is guaranteed to keep your ears and taste buds occupied.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Coconut Grove's Peacock Park will host the event, showcasing Miami's best restaurants and hundreds of wines and spirits.

The event features a budget-friendly low gate fee of $5 per adult, with children under 12 admitted free. Sadly, Fido is not invited to the party this year, so please leave your pooch at home in air-conditioned comfort (which leaves you with two hands to hold your food and wine glass).

A sommelier tasting area and connoisseur spirits

lounge will offer guests the opportunity to sample some of the best

wines and spirits on the market, and almost two dozen restaurants will provide food with prices ranging from $1 to $8.

In addition to music and festivities, Taste of the Grove will hold its annual Best of Taste and Best of Presentation contests, with restaurants competing to take the title from the four-year undefeated Panorama restaurant. Participating eateries include:



Nonstop entertainment includes local radio stations providing music between live acts. The live entertainment schedule follows:

Saturday April 14, 2012


11 - 11:45 a.m. Gary Thomas Trio
noon - 1 p.m. Ryan Stone
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Campo Deluxe- Featuring Greg Diaz and Samantha
2:45 - 3 p.m. Belly2Abs Dance Performance


3 - 3:15 p.m. Announcements/Proclamations/Prizes
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Gibbor Green
4 - 4:45 p.m. Liane Little Eye
5 - 6 p.m. Ramiro Aguirre y su Orquesta Conexion
6:15 - 7 p.m. Jibaro Banda

Sunday April 15, 2012


1 - 1:30 p.m. Gibbor Green
2:45 - 3 p.m. Belly2Abs Dance Performance


3 - 3:15 p.m. Announcements/Proclamations/Prizes


3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Pocket Change
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Shenita Hunt
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Jibaro Banda

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss