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St. Augustine, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Cancelled in September due to Hurricane Irma, the 12th Annual Taste of the Beach event returns from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 and will be held in the Pavilion at the St. Johns County Pier Park at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

The event is hosted by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association to benefit Betty Griffin Center, a nonprofit agency that provides shelter, counseling and other programs in St. Johns County to help victims of domestic violence and their children.

“We’re excited that the association brought the event back this year, which offers people the chance to taste some great food, soft drinks, adult beverages and entertainment while also supporting the victims of domestic violence in our community,” said Betty Griffin Center Executive Director Joyce Mahr.

People can enjoy food from more than a dozen of the beaches best restaurants including Sunset Grill, The Purple Olive, Amici Italian Restaurant, Salt Life Food Shack, Viola’s Pizza, Pasta & More, Tide’s Oyster Company, BlackFly the Restaurant, Dan Murphy’s Irish Pub, Cold Calf Ice Cream and The Grower’s Alliance Coffee Shop – with other restaurants expected to join up in the coming days.

At the event, patrons purchase tickets for $1 each and use them for tastes of food and beverages – and most items cost between one-to-four tickets each. Admission is free, but it is a cash-only event for purchasing food and beverages. A shuttle and free parking for the event is offered from St. Augustine City Hall, located at 2200 A1A in St. Augustine Beach, from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Restaurants will compete for bragging rights and 12th-anniversary etched glassware awards in categories including Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Judges Choice and People’s Choice – along with a Best Decorated Booth Award.

The original “Those Guys” duo of Walt Kulwicki and Chris McVey, who started playing together
25 years ago, will perform and celebrate their silver anniversary at the event.

Volunteers from the St. Johns Business Network will assist in selling the drinks for the association again this year. To volunteer or for more information on the Taste of the Beach event, please visit www.sabca.org or send an email to event co-chairs Andrea Samuels and Kim Stones at sabcivic@yahoo.com.

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