The “Taste of the Beach” to be held at the St. Augustine Beach Pier on Saturday, September 23rd

The 12th annual “Taste of the Beach”, presented by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park on Saturday, September 23rd from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  13 local restaurants will be competing in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Judges Choice, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth.  There will be plenty of food and beverages available by purchasing tickets at a cost of $1.00 each.  To learn more about the event click HERE. To see pictures of last years event click HERE.

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Beach Blast Off 2011

If you are looking for a fun filled, family friendly event for New Years Eve, check you the annual Beach Blast Off taking place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park.  Complete event details can be found at their website  We are posting a description of events taken from the Beach Blast Off Facebook page:

“We start off with a Chili Cook Off competition that features 14 local restaurants vying for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. Celebrity judges make their decisions, but the coveted prize is the People’s Choice where the people can vote!.

Next, huge blocks of ice are brought center stage and aspiring chefs from the St. Johns County Culinary Institute wield their chainsaws to create breathtaking ice sculptures.

Music, music, music on the Main Stage at Beach Blast Off with incredible local and regional acts! Acts will appear on the website as they are signed up!

An assortment of food vendors from barbeque ribs to funnel cakes to cotton candy augment the dining fare and the beer and soda tents are always busy.

Family friendly at the beach with clowns, face painting, puppets, magicians and a huge Kids’ Zone ($10.00 per child unlimited wristband from 4-10pm) keep the children actively involved until the spectacular fireworks display begins at 8:30 p.m. For 20 minutes the fireworks are shot off at the end of the St Augustine Beach Pier. They are synchronized with music and can be seen for miles around.

Tens of thousands of people gather along the beach, at the Pier Pavilion, on their balconies to watch this awesome show as the fireworks literally burst above their heads. But remember this year it is at high tide so come early!

As families take their children home, a crowd remains for the “Family and Friends After Dance Party” for another hour to dance and groove to the live entertainment on the stage. Shuttle buses safely take everyone back to their cars, trolley trains take people back to their motels along A1A Beach Blvd. and those who have plans to stay up to usher in the New Year do so elsewhere.”