Orange County is pleased to introduce the inaugural food, wine and entertainment celebration, OC Tastefest. The culinary festival will take place on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. The two-day event will showcase the global diversity of cuisine and culture in Orange County.

OC Tastefest will present over 25 restaurants offering guests light bites and samples of new and seasonal items mixed with classic menu favorites. Participating restaurants include Cucina Alessa, Port Restaurant & Bar, Marrakesh, Salt Creek Grille, Ten Asian Bistro, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Slater’s 50/50 and many more favorite Orange County restaurants. Specialty vendors will be onsite including Cutco Cutlery, Olive Oil & Beyond, and Wine Country Closet offering unique culinary and retail items for sale.

A special celebrity chef challenge will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 2:30– 5 p.m. Six challenger chefs including Raya Belna, Doug Stratton, Bridget Reilly, Stef Candy and Chris Tzorin will be tasked with creating dishes inspired by health, raw, citrus, and chocolate. Chefs Susan Irby the Bikini Chef with Stuart O’Keeffe and Manouschka Guerrier of Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills will join to host the challenge. Top Chefs Scotty of 24 Carrots, Pascal Olhats of Pascal Restaurant and Café Jardin, Jonathan Grahm – chocolatier to the stars, Jenny Rose of 118 Degrees, Rachel Marie of Blackmarket Bakery, and Pamela Waitt of OC Restaurant Association and the Golden Foodie Awards will be just some of the kitchen stars judging thechallenge. OC’s favorite Housewives Fernanda Rocha, Lynne Curtin and Peggy Tanous will be indulging in the challengers’ dishes as special guest celebrity judges.

Both days of the festival will present live entertainment for all to enjoy. May 4 welcomes live performances by Steely Dan tribute artist Pretzel Logic and 80’s sensation Flashback Heart Attack. On May 5 the Santana tribute band, Savor will perform along with the Eagles tribute band, Desperado, and L.A. rock favorite The Hollywood Stones will be movin’ like Jagger!

OC Tastefest will be held in conjunction with the 2012 OC Marathon on May 6 at the OC Fairgrounds. The Marathon anticipates over 18,000 registrants in 2012. All marathon runners will receive one complimentary ticket to OC Tastefest. Runners will pick up their bibs during the OC Marathon Expo on May 4-5 and can then enter the OC Tastefest. The OC Tastefest will not be held on Sunday, May 6, as the OC Marathon will be the main event at the OC Fairgrounds.

We have a pair of tickets to giveaway!

Contest details:  

There are a two ways to win:

1. Follow @satnightfoodies and @OCTasteFest (1 entry for each follow).

2. After you follow, simply RT this link (1 entry). We’ve made it easier for you tweeters, all you have to do is copy and paste the following into twitter:

I entered to win tickets to @OCTasteFest at the @OCFair in #OrangeCounty May 4-5 via @SatNightFoodies http://bit.ly/OCTasteFest RT to enter!

That means you can get a total of three entries!!

Contest ends Wednesday, April 25 at 11:59pm PT and the winners will be announced on April 26.  The lucky winner will win a pair of tickets (Valued at $24).  Good luck and happy tweeting!

NOTE: The winner will have to present valid ID at the gate to pick up the tickets

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