Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU has taken steps to ensure easy and affordable options for guests attending the Taste, Friday through Sunday, June 21st – 23rd, 2019, at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington.
Park and ride Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, provided by Taste of Tacoma® for free from Tacoma Community College, every 30 minutes, to and from the festival entrance.
The Pierce Transit Taste Express hours of operation will be Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 23, it will run from 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pierce Transit’s Taste Express will run starting at Tacoma Community College at South 19th St. and South Mildred St. and drop off guests at Point Defiance Park.
Taste staff will be on hand at Tacoma Community College, and Point Defiance Park to ensure a positive guest experience, and to assist in the load and unload process from Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, of which will be signed.
Guests should note that there will be no parking on site at Point Defiance Park, and that, there will be limited street parking near the Taste. Plan ahead!
Guests who have accessibility needs are encouraged to take Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, which provides ADA compliant buses. Guests can ride this free option round-trip. Guests are reminded that Point Defiance Park offers some paved areas, while much of the park is grass or gravel paths. The event does not have motorized vehicles or wheelchairs for rent. Guests should come prepared and utilize options that best suit their needs.
POINT RUSTON TO THE TASTE – Enjoy live music, and all that Point Ruston offers, then walk to the Taste of Tacoma® for more great food and fun, all weekend. Follow the sidewalk signs to the Taste from Point Ruston.
Special Discounted Taste It! Food Offer: Stop by Farrelli’s Pizza Truck at Point Ruston between June 21-23, purchase a Taste It! menu item, and receive a coupon for $3 off a Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Package OR $2 off a Taste It! Package* Conditions apply.
The Taste of Tacoma® encourages visitors arriving on bicycle, skateboard, or any other form of environmentally-friendly wheels, to check out the Bicycle Corral near the main entrance of the park. Guests can check their strollers, bicycles or other non-motorized wheeled items at the corral, and return at the end of the day to retrieve their items using the numbered tag provided by corral staff. Volunteers from Tacoma Fire Fighters Union Local 31 will be running the corral to ensure your items are safe. Bicycle Corral services are free, however donations encouraged to support Tacoma Fire Fighters Union Local 31
If you’re coming from Vashon on the ferry, we recommend you walk on, and ride the ferry across. If you choose to drive, please be advised there is limited street parking near the Taste. If you choose to walk from the ferry, there is a hill to climb to get to the park, which may pose some issue for those in wheelchairs or who have mobility issues.
The Taste of Tacoma® is a free-to-attend community festival, and, in an effort for attendees to experience the best of the Taste of Tacoma®, we are excited to offer online discounted food and beverage options: Experience Taste Package which includes Craft Beer & Wine Tasting + Taste It! Food Tickets, and the new Taste It! Food Only Package. Discounted online packages available for sale until 11:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20th, 2019.
Discounted Taste Packages are available for purchase at www.tasteoftacoma.com
The Taste of Tacoma® also features handcraft & commercial goods vendors, 70+ live bands on 3 stages, The Taste Cooks! chef demos & cook-off battles, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, Craft Beer and Wine Tasting in The Rose Garden, beer gardens serving up cool brews and local spirits by Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Co., Funtastic Carnival rides and games, sponsor samples and more!
For more information on Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, or for other Taste of Tacoma® event details, head to www.tasteoftacoma.com.
*21+ for Craft Beer & Wine Tasting. One coupon per person, per purchase of a Taste It! menu item at Farrelli’s Pizza Truck, between June 21-23, 2019. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with Happy Hour, or any other deal. Offer redeemable at the Taste – June 21-23, 2019.