Tap & Taste, Springfield’s premiere food and drink celebration, is back for a second year to tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst. Featuring some of the community’s favorite restaurants, breweries and live musicians, Tap & Taste will again take place at 5th and A streets in downtown Springfield on Aug. 19, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Willamalane is teaming up with the local food and drink vendors to provide a night of savory bites, delectable sips and live music as a toast to end the summer.
“It’s so much fun to see downtown Springfield come alive during Tap & Taste,” said Jana Weaver, Willamalane’s Special Events Supervisor. “It’s a wonderful party and grown-up foodie event, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to celebrate and take pride in this wonderful place we live.”
In its first year, Tap & Taste attracted over 750 people to the event, and an even bigger crowd is anticipated this year, said Weaver.
“The event was so successful and created such a great sense of community pride that people are talking about it even now,” she said. Along with all the great food and drink, Weaver said the festive atmosphere is also enhanced by the live music that fills the evening air. This year’s local musicians include Breakers Yard, TLS Journey and Nate Bosford.
Tickets are limited, and can be purchased in advance by going online at willamalane.org, or by calling 541-736-4544. Tickets in advance are $12 and $15 at the door. Admission is bundled with a souvenir glass and complimentary taste tickets. Additional taste tickets can be purchased at the event.
While some of the area’s best cider and brews will be featured, non-alcoholic beverages will also be available including tea, juice and kombucha.
New to this year’s event will be the chance to vote for your favorite Tap & Taste restaurant, brewery and vendor, with awards presented to the winners.
Willamalane is seeking volunteers to help with the event. Those interested should contact Mavis Sanchez at 541-736-4039.
Tap & Taste is presented by Lithia Toyota. It is sponsored by Plank Town Brewing Company, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, City of Springfield, Springfield Utility Board, KVAL, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, NW Natural, LTD, 104.7 KDUK, KOOL 99.1, 1120 KPNW, Haven and Special Occasions.
Frequenty Asked Questions:
- How much is admission to Tap & Taste?
$12 in advance, $15 at the gate per person.
- What does admission get me?
Your first set of taste tickets, LTD rides to and from the event and a souvenir glass.
- What food and drink vendors will be at the event?
Food: La Granada Latin Kitchen, The Washburne Cafe, The Dumpling Group, Sammitch Food Trucks, SweetBay Shave Ice , Elegant Elephant Baking Co and BUZZ Burger. All food vendors have mini samples of complementary food at this event!
Drink: Plank Town Brewing Company, Ninkasi Brewing, WildCraft Cider Works, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile and Humm Kombucha.
- How do the taste tickets work?
You’ll get three taste tickets at the door and exchange them at the vendor stations for beverages. One ticket gets you a 4 oz. pour, three tickets gets you a full glass. This system helps us to keep lines fast so you can spend less time waiting and more time tasting. Food vendors will process payment at their booth locations.
- How do I get more taste tickets?
Visit the Willamalane booth. We’ll sell you tickets for $2 each.
- What music will we be jamming to?
Breakers Yard, TLS-Journey TouchN, LoveN, SqueezN and Nate Botsford.
- What’s the deal with #SpringfieldProud?
Tap & Taste is a celebration of all things Springfield, especially our food and drink. Last year we debuted T-shirts and tote bags that we gave away to people who demonstrated Springfield pride. This year, keep an eye out for more Springfield Proud activities and giveaways at Tap & Taste!
- May I bring my kids to this event?
You may. This event was created with adults in mind, so there won’t be kid-focused activities or onsite supervision for them. Kids do not get a discount on the admission price, but they are allowed to partake in non-alcoholic beverages.