A Taste of Oakland! And, thanks to Helen Wyman and Lamont Dawson, it’s about time, after Taste of Atlanta, Taste of San Francisco, and Taste of Chicago. And it’s this weekend!
A Taste of Oakland: Uptown Block Party is a collaboration between East Bay Loop and Vail Event Services (the organizers of the Oakland Block Party, a bar crawl held in Uptown for the last three years) and A Taste of Oakland, an event series that showcases and highlights the offerings of restaurants, retailers and galleries located in Oakland’s neighborhood commercial districts.
Over 20 Uptown venues will provide “a taste” of a specialty dish or cocktail included in the ticket price of $20, which is a really great deal. Partial proceeds will benefit Youth Radio and the Visual Arts Department at Oakland School for the Arts.
The Taste Of Oakland Website explains the founder’s vision:
A Taste of Oakland is an event series that showcases and highlights the offerings of restaurants, retailers and galleries located in Oakland’s neighborhood commercial districts. The mission of the founding partners — two Oakland natives, Helen Wyman (of Oakland Events) and Lamont Dawson — is to promote local businesses, highlight Oakland’s assets, change perceptions of Oakland, build a sense of community between the residents and the business community and showcase the culinary revolution that has become prominent in the food industry, establishing Oakland as a culinary destination. Our vision is to collaborate and partner with existing organizations to establish neighborhood events such as the Uptown Block Party throughout Oakland in order to build brand recognition, establish relationships and generate revenue laying the foundation for a weekend long large scale event similar to A Taste of Chicago, which is a major economic boost and tourist destination for the city
For more and to buy tickets, visit here: http://www.atasteofoakland.com/