Taste of the Beach September 29 and 30

The first annual Taste of the Beach and End of Summer Block Party will be presented by the Beach Channel September 29 and 30. It's an inaugural community-driven, two-day event that will feature notable chefs, local restaurants, music, and fun activities for children, including face painting and recreational liveliness. A portion of the event's proceeds will be given back to the community through the Miami Beach Arts Trust and the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.

Forty restaurants and community organizations will be on hand, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. There will be a $5 general admission charge, which includes $5 worth of food tickets. Now here's something to note: If you don't want to go into the food tent, where samples will range from $2 to $8, depending on the restaurant, you can roam around in the other sections of the festival free of charge.

"We want to create an inviting community and family-driven event that provides our advertisers, local restaurants and businesses an opportunity to showcase their food, products and services in an engaging and fun environment," says Deborah Diaz of the Beach Channel.

The Collins Park Neighborhood Association welcomes everyone to Collins Park at 21st Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach for the yummy event.

"We want to make this a yearly, family oriented festival that everyone can enjoy," adds Kristin B. Abele, creative partner at the Found Gen. "We're featuring culinary celebrity chefs such as Robyn Almodovar (of Fox's Hell's Kitchen and now owner of Palate Party), and we'll also have Ola at Sanctuary, Mixtura Peruvian Cuisine, Cafe Prima Pasta, Maxine's, La Locanda, Haven, Café at Books & Books, Fix, Kung Fu Kitchen, Nespresso, Mango's, Edible Arrangements, and more. Come by and enjoy."

For more information, visit tasteofthebeachmiami.com.

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