After five years, Taste of Ormond is being reborn in an effort to show how much the Ormond Beach restaurant scene has grown — and to introduce residents and visitors to dining options.
“I think that in the past five years, the restaurant scene in Ormond Beach has grown, and it’s so much more vibrant,” said Julia Truilo, executive director of Ormond Beach Main Street. “It’s time that we let people know about dining options that weren’t there five years ago.”
Taste of Ormond is fundraiser for Ormond Beach Main Street, the local nonprofit that works to grow and enliven Ormond’s core district along Granada Boulevard. The money raised will benefit new local businesses with marketing grants, fund new initiatives for downtown beautification and bring new events, art and entertainment into the district.
Granada Boulevard’s bustling restaurant scene is a part of that downtown renewal effort, with 18 full-service restaurants and 16 other food providers, including bakeries, coffee shops, sub shops and fast food restaurants in the district alone.
“We have made wonderful progress over the last 18 years,” Truilo said. “But there is more to be done. We want what every great town has — a thriving downtown with shopping, dining and activities that have a unique character all their own. A place that welcomes both citizens and visitors and encourages them to return again and again.”
Truilo hopes that on March 23, Taste of Ormond will show people locally and in surrounding communities that Ormond is a place they want to focus their activities. Included in the event, local restaurants Frappes North, Fusion 43, The Grind Gastropub, Lulu’s Oceanside Grill, Theia’s Pastries, Mia Dona, Cakery Creation, Einstein Bros. and a host of others will offer small plates with samples of their cuisine, while S.R. Perrott will provide a wine bar and a craft beer tasting.
“Our town is growing and changing, and that’s the focus of the event,” Truilo said.
If you go:
What: Taste of Ormond
When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 23
Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach
Tickets: $50 per person, available at eventbrite.com or by calling 492-2938.
What to taste:
Theia's Pastries — baklava and assorted Greek cookies
Grind Gastropub — pork sliders, lobster mac and cheese and black been hummus
Fusion 43 — feijoada with house smoked sausage
Mia Dona Market — croque monsieur with mushrooms
Cakery Creations — cupcakes, cake pops and macaroons
Chef Ray Catering — flash fried quail with red onion jam and crispy shallots
Larry's Giant Subs — assorted sub sandwiches
Fancy Sushi — hibachi grilled items and sushi rolls
Edible Arrangements — chocolate covered apple, bananas and cinnamon apples
Lulu's Oceanside Grill — ahi tuna and quinoa salad
Einstein Bros. — coffee
AquaPure — filtered water
S.R. Perrot — wine tasting: six wines; craft beer tasting: 22 beers