‘Taste’ winners awarded plates/bragging rights


The excitement of the 7th Annual Race to the Taste 5K and the tasty signature dishes of St. Augustine’s finest restaurants made for a great day for the people who attended EPIC’s 20th Annual “A Taste of St. Augustine” April 23.

Patrons enjoyed sampling scrumptious dishes while listening to live music, voting on their favorite restaurant and cheering on the runners in the Race to the Taste.

Restaurants were vying for the coveted T.O.St.A. (Taste of St. Augustine) Awards. The judges, instructors from the Florida State College of Jacksonville Culinary Institute, accepted the challenge of tasting dishes from all the restaurants.

2016 T.O.St.A. winners

The People’s Choice Award, voted on by participants at the event, went to Barnacle Bills Seafood House for their grilled crab cakes and bacon jam fish tacos.

For the seventh year, the Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center’s Race to the Taste 5K brought in runners of all ages who followed the course through Anastasia State Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

Matthew de Villers of St. Mary’s Georgia, was the overall winner with a time of 16 minutes and 44 seconds. Katie McGrath of Oakdale, New York, was the top female runner with a time of 18 minutes and 30 seconds.

“A Taste of St. Augustine”, now in its 20th year, is a fundraiser for EPIC Behavioral Healthcare.

Since 1973, EPIC has provided help for individuals and families in St. Johns County who have been impacted by drug or alcohol abuse and related co-occurring disorders. Money raised from the race will go toward serving children and families in EPIC’s Counseling Center and for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County mentoring programs.

For information, call 829-2273 or go to epicbh.org.