The Taste Food and Beer Festival Recap

Last weekend I was honored to have been a judge at The Taste, a food and beer Festival held in Liberty Park in Inverness, Florida.

Liberty Park

What a wonderful event and experience.  There were delicious restaurants and food trucks, live music, a beer experience (which was new this year and I am sure a keeper!), and a cooking competition, all in beautiful Liberty Park, which is right on the Withlacoochee State Trail and Lake Henderson.

Lake Henderson

The Taste

Beer experience – a very popular place!

On to the cooking competition!  All I can say is WOW and were we full!  We had so many yummy dishes to judge and it was a close race.  Here are the winning dishes:

Barbeque:  Brisket Special by Barn Goddess BBQ

Chef’s Specialty:  Butternut Squash Ravioli by Cattle Dog Roasters

Barbeque and Chef’s Specialty Winners

Chicken:  Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich by Barn Goddess BBQ

Dessert:  Bread Pudding by The Cove/Pine Street Pub

Chicken and Dessert Winners

Sandwich:  Bacon Infused Pimento Cheese with Crab by Barn Goddess BBQ

Seafood:  Lobster Macaroni and Cheese by The Cove/Pine Street Pub

Sandwich and Seafood Winners

Steak:  Bone-in Ribeye with Bacon Jam and Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Barn Goddess BBQ

Popular Vote:  Pretzel Pizza Pockets/Bites by OMG Pretzel Bites

Steak and Popular Vote Winners

Be sure to keep this event on your radar…you will not be disappointed.  And if you happen upon one of the participants in the cooking competition either at another event or at their store front/restaurant/food truck, RUN, don’t walk, to taste their delicious food for yourself.

Food photos courtesy of City of Inverness, Florida.

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