Taste of South Pasadena Event | May 9, 2023 – Food & Drink Outing Adventure

Wow! 33 restaurants and non-alcoholic drink stops for you and a record-breaking 19 wineries, beers and spirit vendors - all participating just for you! This has become a very popular, and very fun event presented by the South Pasadena Rotary Club

Taste of South Pasadena Event | May 9, 2023 – Food & Drink Outing Adventure

Grab your wristbands and enjoy fine tastes from all your favorite (or soon to be your favorite) restaurants. This walking event features incredible cuisine from eateries and bakeries up and down Fair Oaks Avenue and Mission Streets.


We have secured 33 restaurants and non-alcoholic drink stops for you and a record-breaking 19 wineries, beers and spirit vendors – all participating just for you! And, in 2019, we hosted a record 1100+ attendees and expect many more this year.

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PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | The Rotary Club’s Taste of South Pasadena 2019

Spend time with your neighbors and enjoy a relaxing evening on the town exploring our fabulous city and our terrific food. Children under 7 are free. Live music, your favorite tastes, wine tasting from Mission Wines, San Antonio Winery and a collection of small wineries and spirit vendors (additional ticket) and much more! Family friendly and dog friendly.

Food wristbands ordered in advance are just $40 for adults, $20 for children ages 7-18. $65 for advanced food and wine combo tickets. NOTE: Advanced, discounted tickets are ONLY available through this website until 4:00pm on May 9, 2023.

On the day of the event, adult food tickets go up to $45, and combo tickets go up to $70 if bought at the door on the day of the event. Child tickets remain at the same price. Ticket sales start at 4:30pm at the Canoe House Registration table in South Pasadena. There is an additional table for ticket sales and wristbands near train station at Mission Street starting at 5:30pm.

Taste of South Pasadena Event May 9, 2023 Presented by the South Pasadena Rotary Club

This is a rain or shine event. Sorry, no refunds. Rotary appreciates your donation to our community!

Wine Tasting – 5:00pm – 8:00pm (Canoe House Parking Lot) – see info below

Food tasting hours – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Buy your tickets now and trade them in for a wristband! Wristband purchases and ticket exchange at Mission/Meridian or at Canoe House on Fair Oaks starting at 5:30pm.

We are ecstatic to welcome world-class entertainment this year!

At Canoe House “stage” – Jim Kimo West is the 63rd Grammy Awards (2021) winner for Best New Age Album, “More Guitar Stories.” He was also nominated in 2019 and can also be heard and seen on all of “Weird” Al Yankovic’s videos, albums, and concerts since 1983.

At Canoe House “stage” – Magic Castle magician, Rich “Doc Magic” Freeman! 🎩 All guests can get a pass from Rich to attend the invitation-only Magic Castle!

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | The Rotary Club’s Taste of South Pasadena 2019

At Mission/Meridian “stage” – Cynthia Brando is an award winning singer and acoustic folk rock performer and songwriter in Los Angeles. She is joined by guest guitarists Ed Tree (Spencer Davis/Rita Coolidge) and Barrett Tagliarino on guitar.

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | SouthPasadenan.com| Committee Chair Marchelle Sellers is pictured on the right as she welcomed guests to Taste of South Pasadena

We have 33 food and drink vendors supporting this event! 1 food ticket gets you tastes at ALL of the vendors below. You will be stuffed!

Alani Nu
Butterfly Brittles
Cafe X20
Canoe House
Charlie’s Coffee House
Cos & Pi
Griffins of Kinsale
Gus’s Barbecue
Jones Coffee Roasters
La Fiesta Grande
The Los Parrot
Mammas Brick Oven
Mike & Annes
Oak Tree Inn
Perfect Hydration
Piccolo Ristorante
Simplee Boba
SUJA Organic
Super Coffee
Tomato Pie
Trader Joes

For those wishing for a bit more, we are offering a VIP wine tasting event with wineries, brewery and spirit vendors at Canoe House for adults over 21 years of age. This VIP pre-event requires an additional wristband. We have secured a record-breaking 19 vendors for this amazing event. Take home a commemorative wine or spirit glass (while supplies last).

5:00pm – 8:00pm (live entertainment)

Buy your tickets here and trade them in for a wristband at Canoe House starting at 4:30pm.

Here are the 19 participating vendors for the extra ticket VIP event

Mission Wines
San Antonio Winery
Fuil and Table Wines
Scoops On Tap
Cape Classics
Dulce Via Organic Tequila
XOXO Tequila
K Vinters
Miner Family Winery
Empress 1908 Gin
Holden Cellars
Trinchero Family Wines
Round Pond Estates


Here is some special info for you!

Thank you so much for supporting the 9th Annual Taste of South Pasadena sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena! We are looking forward to a great evening filled with wine, food, and great entertainment. All proceeds support local nonprofits making a BIG difference in our community!

Information can also be found on our website at southpasadenarotary.org

Will Call Tables

You will find 2 will call tables where you MUST trade your food ticket for a wristband. This wristband will give you access to the restaurants and YOU MUST trade them in to receive a wristband BEFORE you begin your tastings. Will call tables are located at Canoe House on Fair Oaks/Hope and a second table across from the train station at Mission/Meridian. We will be selling additional food and wine tickets at the will call tables while supplies last.


Walk, metro or ride share if you can. If not, there are plenty of free open lots (including the lot across from the fire station and the lost at the old school district building) and street parking in South Pasadena by our will call tables and among the Taste route, so please make use of them, but follow posted parking signs. We can’t be responsible for ticketed or towed cars. If you start at Canoe House, there is a free open lot on the corner of Hope/Mound.

Food Tasting

Restaurants are excited to have you stop in and sample their offerings! They are selecting their favorite dishes to share and will give samples to guests with a food wristband. Food tasting for all restaurants starts at 6:00pm and goes until 9:00pm, with the exception of Canoe House who will be serving food ticketed guests between 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Wine Tasting and other important info

The VIP Wine Tasting is a separate ticketed pre-event (just $30) and is being held at the Canoe House at 805 Fair Oaks Avenue from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. There will be artesian wineries and spirit vendors offering tastes to ticket holders ages 21+ and you must have valid ID. Everyone is welcome, but only guests with special wine tickets will be allowed to taste. Drinks must stay within the confines of Canoe House and their lot. No open containers can be taken to the city streets.

Evening Program

Live entertainment and community booths too!

Map of the Taste route

At the will call tables, you will receive a complete map of the restaurants. There is a walking path and a free shuttle/driving path.

Van shuttles

We highly encourage our guests to walk, but for those who need a lift, we have free shuttle van. Please inquire at the registration tables.

Have a wonderful time and thank you for supporting our community in this fun and fabulous way!

Presented by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena | southpasadenarotaryclub.org