For more than 20 years food lovers have flocked to Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for a weekend in mid-April that will delight the taste buds at The Great Taste of The Grove. The area’s restaurants all set up outdoor pop-up restaurants for the weekend to serve more than 20,000 hungry visitors. It’s a great weekend activity for the whole family. Everyone can split up and get exactly what they’re in the mood for. Maybe mom wants Mexican cuisine, Dad wants Italian and the kids are in the mood to try a few new things?
Load up your plates with the best dishes that Coconut Grove area restaurants have to offer and get a little taste of all that is great in The Grove over two days. Peacock Park, a bayside park with waterfront views and wide-open green space, is taken over by big white tents serving up food ranging from gyros to haute sashimi plates.
There’s carnival rides for the kids, music for everyone and wine, cocktails and beer for the adults. The weekend is packed with live music, cooking demonstrations and contests and more. Last year’s event included more than 20 restaurants, eight concerts and one giant kids Fun Zone.
In Miami, we know how to celebrate food. The South Beach Food and Wine Festival is one of the nation’s finest, but for a more homegrown feel, a real look at a fine culinary experience with a local vibe, check out the Taste of The Grove.
Great Tasting Tent
Coconut Grove is a walkable neighborhood with tons of great restaurants and cafes ranging from quick and affordable bites and bar food to high end steak houses and fancy restaurants. At The Great Taste of The Grove, you’ll get a little bit of everything. Local restaurants participate by setting up under the Great Tasting Tent and serve small plates ranging from $1 – $8.
Classic Coconut Grove restaurants, like Timo’s at Villa Mayfair, Spartico at Mayfair Hotel & Spa, Panorama at the Sonesta Hotel and Greenstreet Café serve up neighborhood favorites and much beloved plates. Neighborhood favorites like Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill and over a dozen more restaurants show off their cuisine. In one park you can try ceviche, chicken sliders, Thai noodle salads, shrimp tempura, pizza, French fries, Greek food – anything anyone could want.
On both Saturday and Sunday, awards are given out for a variety of titles, including Best Presentation and Best Taste.
Music and More
The Great Taste of The Grove is a food festival, but they’ve stepped it up a notch and now it’s a real entertainment festival with music, fun for the kids and more. Past year’s lineup included tribute concerts to Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and Journey, local Miami band Suenalo, and a “Clash of the Decades” series of performances including music of the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.