The date was February 17th and the place was Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park for the first Taste of Oakland Park. It was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended. I am pleased to have been there. Hundreds of people from the local towns of Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano showed up to celebrate the flavor samples and a wide variety of food from the restaurants that were represented. Just a few of the restaurants in attendance were Café Angelo, Rendez-Vous Bakery & Bistro, Alligator Alley, Cucina Carusos Italian Market, Big Dog Station, Peter Pan Diner, Café Angelo, Funky Buddah Brewery, Alligator Alley, Orvino Wine Imports, Alberte’s Restaurant and The Garlic Knot just to name a few. A $10 cover charge gained you admission and the freedom to fill your belly. By the time evening was over I could not have had another thing to eat.
In addition to the restaurants represented there were interactive games, children’s activities and culinary businesses represented. If this was the first attempt at the Taste of Oakland Park, I can’t wait to see how they expand on this for the next one. Certainly keep this event on your radar for the future.
Oakland Park has turned its downtown into the Culinary Arts District. The future is very bright for Oakland Park as a destination city know for the arts and entertainment and fine dining.