New food and wine festival in town: Taste of Boynton Beach

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Are you ready for a culinary journey? Well, there’s a new food and wine festival in town.

It’s called Taste of Boynton Beach and it will bring together restaurants, food trucks and vendors, artisans and bands at Centennial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

“The city of Boynton Beach has a robust small business community that includes a number of locally owned restaurants,” city spokeswoman Chelsea Sanabia said. “Our goal is to empower and support local businesses while also creating a signature event that will grow with downtown development.”

The city has plenty of tasty — and affordable — options on tap for the event.

General admission is free, and attendees will find $5 items from more than 15 food trucks and vendors from Boynton Beach and surrounding areas, including: G’s Hibachi, Kona Ice of Boynton Beach, Poblano South, Rusty’s Caribbean Cuisine, TMI Food Truck, Awesome Empanadas, Kobschies Ice Rolls and Island Smash Bahamian Cuisine.

Potions in Motion will be mixing up cocktails.

A VIP Grand Tasting experience, which is now sold out, will feature food and drink from Agliolio, Benvenuto, Café Frankie’s, Catering CC, Cure Cocktails, Driftwood, El Atico, Josie’s Ristorante, Kakes by Kesline, NOBO Brewing Co., Pal’ Rancho, Playa Bowls, PRP Wine International, Sushi Bang Bang, Tavolo Italian Kitchen, The Butcher & The Bar and Troy’s Bar-Be-Que.

Something sweetness courtesy of Pal' Rancho (1709 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach), which will be featured in the VIP Grand Tasting Experience at Taste of Boynton Beach. (Hanson Media/Courtesy)
Something sweetness courtesy of Pal’ Rancho (1709 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach), which will be featured in the VIP Grand Tasting Experience at Taste of Boynton Beach. (Hanson Media/Courtesy)

MEET SOME VENDORS

The Sunshine Pickle Co.

Prepare to pucker with a tangy snack from The Sunshine Pickle Co., a family-owned company based in Vero Beach that sells fresh pickles in a variety of dill flavors — classic, spicy and low-sodium — as well as sweet hot.

Prefer pickled red onions, horseradish or pickle-flavored popcorn? Sunshine sells those too, and “everything is under $10,” said Josh Kabat, who co-owns the company with his wife, Kiaran.

“We are trying to spread the word of the pickle gospel all over Florida!’ he said. “We want to be the official snacking pickle of the Sunshine State.”

With a background in the restaurant industry, the couple’s passion for pickles began at their first sandwich shop in Cleveland in 2012.

“We were not trying to be a pickle-centric-type of place, but we were making homemade pickles and serving them on the side with our sandwiches, and people were just going nuts over them,” he said. “I had always loved pickles, but I didn’t realize that everyone else did also — and with a passion to boot — so I saw an opportunity.”

The Sunshine Pickle Co. will have a variety of fresh pickles for sale at Taste of Boynton Beach. (Josh Kabat/Courtesy)
The Sunshine Pickle Co. will have a variety of fresh pickles for sale at Taste of Boynton Beach. (Josh Kabat/Courtesy)

They added more flavors to the lineup and joined the farmers’ market circuit “to rave reviews,” he said.

After landing retail accounts and getting national distribution within a few years, they closed their three sandwich shops and went into the pickle business full time in 2018.

“Fast-forward to 2022 and we just needed a change of scenery from the gray skies of Cleveland, so we decided to relocate the business to Vero Beach, where we rebranded ourselves as The Sunshine Pickle Co. and started all over again,” he said.

Pickle fans can find them for sale at Walmarts and specialty grocery stores throughout Florida; they’re also available to order sunshinepickleco.com.

At Taste of Boynton, The Sunshine Pickle Co. will be part of the artisan market along with 40 vendors selling artwork, permanent jewelry, pottery, custom hats, clothing, cookies and cakes, among other items.

Emmanuel Carpio, known as "G," likes to mix some comedy with cooking on G's Hibachi food truck. Catch him at Taste of Boynton on May 16. (Bob Mealey/Courtesy)
Emmanuel Carpio, known as “G,” likes to mix some comedy with cooking on G’s Hibachi food truck. Catch him at Taste of Boynton on May 16. (Bob Mealey/Courtesy)

G’s Hibachi

The G’s Hibachi food truck will roll into Centennial Park with its effervescent, rapping chef Emmanuel Carpio, known as “G,” at the helm. He’ll be grilling up favorites from his regular menu — vegetables, chicken, shrimp, steak and fried rice (don’t forget the yum yum sauce!) — with, as always, free jokes on the side.

There will also be vegetable spring rolls and pork or chicken dumplings for $5 each, according G’s Hibachi co-owner Bob Mealey.

“As a local Boynton Beach food truck, we enjoy participating in Boynton Beach events and giving back to our community,” Mealey said.

Carpio quickly gained a loyal following since he left the hibachi restaurant life to launch the food truck during the pandemic. Hibachi fans can find the truck visiting neighborhoods, businesses, breweries and festivals every week throughout Palm Beach County.

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP

DJ SoNyce will play music throughout the evening, plus The People UpStairs are scheduled to take the stage from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and No Big Deal Band from 8 to 10 p.m.

Fire dancers will heat things up with performances at 7:15, 8, 8:45 and 9:30 p.m.

Guests can play LED games, as well as capture memories of the night with photo opportunities through Good Times Roll, a vintage Volkswagen bus photo booth, and Picnics in Paradise, which styles luxury pop-up events.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Taste of Boynton Beach

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, May 16

WHERE: Centennial Park & Amphitheater, 120 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach

COST: Free general admission (VIP sold out); free parking

INFORMATION: boynton-beach.org

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