Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer planning team, the Taste of Cambridge is ready to return for it’s 12th year in Downtown Cambridge on Saturday, July 8th between 5-10pm! Here are some details to get you excited!

A panel of FIVE judges will blind taste each dish and determine a “Judge’s Choice” winner in each category, PLUS a Best in Show dish that will send the winner to the 2017 World Food Championships in the Seafood Category! Judges include: Rita Calvert (Food Writer/What’s Up Magazine), Bruce Mattel (CIA Faculty), Bob Yesbek (DL area Food Writer/Blogger),┬áSteve Konopelski (The Great Holiday Baking Challenge/Turn Bridge Point), and Cecil Johnson (Cambridge Spice Company).

11 Restaurants are participating in this year’s competition, with many more dish entries entered across the FIVE crab dish categories. Participating restaurants include Bistro Poplar, Blackwater Bakery, Blue Point Provision @ Hyatt Chesapeake, Three Sixty at River’s Edge, Jimmie & Sooks, The High Spot, Palm Beach Willies, RAR Brewing, Rock Lobstah, Riverview at the Point, and Stoked Woodfired Eatery.

Musical performances will showcase some cool local musicians: Emma Myers & Gage Rhodes duo, youth performers Emma Bailey, Savannah Vroman, & Becka Yockey, “Before Your Time”, “Penny Pistolero”, and a John Enders solo show. Dorchester County native and Alt Honky Tonk performer Arty Hill and his band The Long Gone Daddys will cap off the night in their first ever Cambridge performance.

Kids Zone, organized and sponsored by Coastal Hospice, will also make a return this year, featuring Carlos the Juggler, cool artist rendered facepainting, games, and prizes. Parents show check their kids in and kids will receive a wrist band. It’s free to enter.

Crab Picking contests sponsored by Lindy’s Seafood and Clayton’s Seafood Company will also take place, plus kid’s watermelon eating contest and hula hoop contest (sign up by 6:30pm at the Kid’s Zone!).

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

Dorchester County Economic Development and Chesapeake College

Silver level sponsors are: Delmarva Power, Aero Energy, Cabin Creek Animal Hospital, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Tri-Gas and Oil, Protenergy Natural Foods, Eastern Shore Smile Solutions, Crabi Gras, Thomas Funeral Home.

Thank you also to Charles C. Powell Realtors, Tomey Electric, B & G Foods, Holiday Inn, and Provident State Bank.