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14th annual Taste of Cambridge

July 12, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The TASTE OF CAMBRIDGE celebrates its 14th year in the beautiful green sculpture gardens of University Park & Landsdowne Quad and Sidney Street featuring 100 of “Boston’s Best” Restaurants in Cambridge!

Exciting new particpants, sponsors, and entertainment.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016 5:30-8:30 pm

Central Square’s University Park at MIT!

Raindate: Thursday, July 14th 2016 – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

VIP stays open until 9:00pm for dance party and a Toast to Cambridge!

Enjoy great food & drinks in our gorgeous landscaped courtyard, featuring café seating, beer and wine gardens, lawn games, grills, raw bar, craft Beer, the Dirty Water Brass Band, Jazz Piano, celebrity DJ’s and dancing!

Feel good and do good!

Buy a ticket to this benefit and provide support to local Cambridge non-profits doing direct service work in Cambridge in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment.  The TOC helps to support non-profit alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs each year. This years beneficiaries are:

Institute for Health and Recovery

Cambridge Housing and Assistance Fund (CHAF)


Young Peoples Project

On The Rise

Paine Senior Services

Margaret Fuller House

Food For Free

Each year foodies descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample the delicious, creative, healthy and award-winning cuisine that enriches the culture of our city – and results in our being one of the best recognized restaurant destinations around.

Highlights of this Year’s Annual Taste of Cambridge include:

Each “Adult” ticket to the Taste of Cambridge includes four glasses of beer or wine from our beer gardens featuring Harpoon, Paulner, John Harvard’s Brew House, Lord Hobo Brewery, Downeast Cider, Redemption Beer, Bantam Cider and a variety of other specially chosen beers and wines.

Our VIP area features a “Bloody Mary Bar,” specialty cocktails from Alden & Harlow, Hong Kong, Hops Test Kitchen & Raw Bar, and Pagu! VIP’s have separate “fast pass” entrance to event through VIP area. VIP area has a mix of unique restaurants and mixed drinks and closes at 9:00 pm, a ½ an hour later then general area.  VIP guests can sample in general area as well. 

VIP’s have separate “fast pass” entrance to event through VIP area. VIP area has a fantastic mix of unique vendors and mixed drinks and closes at 9:00 pm, a half hour later then general area. This year we will have a “Last Dance!” and a “Toast to Cambridge!”

Children and Families are welcome!

Get the ultimate Tasting Ticket for the under 12 set (accompanied by a parent): there is so much to choose from -it’s hard for even the pickiest kid to resist! Kids Tasting Tickets are available for $15.00 each for children 6 to 12; kids under six are free.


1369 Coffee House!

NEW! The Abbey


NEW! Ace Bread

Alden & Harlow

Amelia’s Trattoria

Amuse Restaurant at Le Meridien Hotel

ArtBar Cambridge

Asgard Irish Pub and Restaurant

Bambara Kitchen and Bar

Bantam Cider Company

Bao Nation

Bertuccis Restaurant

BISq Restaurant

Bombay Sapphire

Bytes Café @University Park

NEW! C.F. Luncheon Wagon

Cambridge Common Restaurant

NEW! Chicken and Rice Guys

Cambridge Wine & Spirits

Commonwealth Coffee Company

Craigie on Main

Cuchi Cuchi

Deep Eddy Vodka

Dosa Factory

NEW! Downeast Cider House

NEW! Down the Road Brewery

NEW! En Boca

Flour Bakery & Cafe

NEW! Forage

NEW! The Friendly Toast!

Formaggio Kitchen, Inc.

Fuji at Kendall

NEW! Grubhub

Grafton Street

NEW! Harvest

Harpoon Brewery

Hong Kong Restaurant

NEW! Hops Test Kitchen & Raw Bar

NEW! Hubway Valet!

Iggy’s Bread of the World

NEW! Insomnia Cookies

J.P. Licks

John Harvard’s Brew House

Jose’s Mexican Restaurant

NEW! Jubali

Kika Tapas


New! Late July Snacks

Legal Sea Foods Chowda Van

NEW! Lone Star Taco Bar

Lord Hobo

Lord Hobo Brewery

NEW! Lyndigo Spice, LLC

NEW: Mainely Burgers!

The Middle East Restaurant & Zuzu

Monroe Restaurant and Nightclub

Naked Juice

NEW! Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co.


Ole Mexican Grill


NEW! Paulaner Brewery!

Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room

NEW! Pure Leaf Tea

Puritan & Company

Restaurant Dante

NEW! The Rising Bar

NEW!  Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

Russell House Tavern

NEW! Shanti Restaurant

The Sinclair

NEW! Sparkling Ice Beverages

State Park

Star Market

Star Market @MIT

Summer Shack Cambridge

Tavern in the Square (Central)

Tavern in the Square (Porter)

Temple Bar American Bistro

NEW!  The Abbey

The Cambridge Energy Alliance

The Boston Globe

NEW! Upper Crust Pizza

Veggie Galaxy



West Side Lounge

Whole Foods Alewife

Whole Foods River Street

Whole Foods Prospect Street
Wine Sampling Stations

Zephyr on the Charles


The Taste of Cambridge (TOC), founded by the Cambridge License Advisory Board (CLAB), is produced by dedicated CLAB volunteers. CLAB works year-round to prevent underage drinking and to educate and support liquor license holders in their efforts to prohibit sales to minors. The TOC, in addition to being an extraordinary gastronomic experience is also a charitable event! Our participating restaurants, sponsors, and volunteers present the best “Taste of” event to provide financial support to our beneficiaries!


Please note:  This is a charitable event and we do not issue ticket refunds.
In case of inclement weather we have a rain date of 7/14/16.

Tickets can be purchased for $50 in advance or $60 at the door.  VIP tickets are $75.

General Admission Tickets can be purchased for $50 in advance or $60 at the door.
VIP tickets are $75.  Purchase tickets here

We wish to thank our 2016 gracious event sponsors:

Forest City Enterprises, Clear Channel, Bombay Sapphire, Deep Eddy Vodka, Harpoon Brewery, Pure Leaf Tea brought to you by Bon Appetit, Whole Foods Markets, Hubway, Paulaner Brewery, Lord Hobo Brewing, Down the Road Brewery, Sparkling Ice Beverages, Cambridge Office for Tourism, Grubhub, MIT, Boston Magazine, MMMMaven, Ace Bread, Irving House at Harvard, Pegasystems, Zinc Apartments, Late July Snacks, Trilogy Estate Sales, CLAB, The City of Cambridge, The Central Square Business Association and the Central Square Cultural District.

For more information about the event please contact:
Juliana Lyman: 617-312-0278 or clab.exec@gmail.com

Robin Lapidus: 617-864-3211 or cell 617-549-1373 or robincentralsquare@gmail.com





Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All ages are welcome but you must provide a valid ID to recieve 21+ bracelet if you want to consume alcohol


What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Although we love them, no animals except service animals allowed. No outside food or alcohol allowed.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email clab.exec@gmail.com with any questions, thank you!


July 12, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


University Park
23 Sidney St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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