Taste of the Beach

Members of the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association make the presentation of a $4,000 check to Betty Griffin Center Development Director Nicole Pece (second from left) after the  Taste of the Beaches event and fundraiser in 2017.

We appreciate all who attended and supported us along with  the restaurants that took part in the 12th Annual Taste of the Beach event, hosted each year by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association – with proceeds benefiting Betty Griffin Center.

At the fundraising event, held at the St. Augustine Beach Pier on Sept. 23, people had the opportunity to enjoy some great food from more than a dozen of the beaches best restaurants including Sunset Grille, Guy Harvey’s Grille & Grog, Amici Italian Restaurant, Salt Life Food Shack, Tide’s Oyster Co. & Grill, BlackFly the Restaurant, Dan Murphy’s Irish Pub, South Beach Grill, Obi’s Filling Station, Mojo’s Tacos, Late Risers Food Truck and The Grower’s Alliance Cafe and Viola’s Pizza, Pasta and Seafood.

Also, congratulations for all the winning restaurants in their friendly competition for awards – and thanks to this year’s event judges: Andy and Helen Viola, Don Samora, James Taylor, Ranger Mark Giblin and Brian Law.

2018 Taste of the Beach Winners

Best Appetizer

1st Place – Salt Life Food Shack, Crab & Spinach Grilled Oyster

2nd Place – Sunset Grill, Chicken & Waffle Sliders

3rd Place – South Beach Grille, Blackened Shrimp Egg Roll

Best Entrée

1st Place –  South Beach Grill, Ahi Burger Slider

2nd Place – Sunset Grille, Shrimp & Grits Tacos

3rd Place – Blackfly, Korean BBQ Braised Short Ribs

Best Dessert

1st Place – Blackfly, Churros Sundae w Bourbon & Caramel Hot Fudge

2nd Place – Obi’s Fillin Station, Oreo Cheesecake Silk Pie

3rd Place – Salt Life Food Shack, Mini Rum Cake

Judges Choice (all categories)

1st Place – Sunset Grill, Shrimp & Grits Tacos

2nd Place – South Beach Grill, Blackened Shrimp Egg Roll

3rd Place – Obi’s Fillin Station, Oreo Silk Cheesecake

People’s Choice (all categories)

1st Place –  Salt Life Food Shack, Crab & Spinach Grilled Oyster

2nd Place – Sunset Grille, Shrimp & Grits Tacos

3rd Place – Black Fly, Churros Sundae w Bourbon Caramel Hot Fudge

Best Decorated Booth

Salt Life Food Shack

At the event, patrons purchased tickets for $1 each and use them for tastes of food and beverages – with a shuttle and free parking for the event offered from St. Augustine City Hall, located at 2200 A1A in St. Augustine Beach, from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Entertainment was provided by Kenyon Dye.

Volunteers from the St. Johns Business Network will assist in selling the drinks for the association again this year.

Thanks to the event, hosted each year by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association to benefit Betty Griffin Center, the group raises thousands of dollars each year to support the victims of domestic violence in our community.

To volunteer or for more information on the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, visit www.sabca.org.