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 2017 Taste of the Beaches event and fundraiser.

The 12th Annual Taste of the Beach event was held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at Pavilion at the St. Johns County Pier Park at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

Thanks to the event, hosted each year by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association to benefit Betty Griffin Center, the group raised $4,000 to support the victims of domestic violence in our community.

People enjoyed food from more than a dozen of the beaches best restaurants including Sunset Grill, The Purple Olive, Amici Italian Restaurant, Salt Life Food Shack, Viola’s Pizza, Pasta & More, Tide’s Oyster Company, BlackFly the Restaurant, Dan Murphy’s Irish Pub, Cold Calf Ice Cream and The Grower’s Alliance Coffee Shop.

Restaurants also competed for bragging rights and 12th-anniversary etched glassware awards in categories including Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Judges Choice and People’s Choice – along with a Best Decorated Booth Award.

The original “Those Guys” duo of Walt Kulwicki and Chris McVey, who started playing together 25 years ago, performed in celebration of their silver anniversary at the event.

Volunteers from the St. Johns Business Network also assisted in selling the drinks for the association again.

To volunteer or for more information on the 2018 Taste of the Beach event, please visit www.sabca.org.