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More Than 1,000 Get a Taste of Arcadia

Hundreds turned out for the weekend's celebration of food and spirits to benefit charity.

San Gabriel Valley residents danced under the stars, laughed with friends and enjoyed an array of great tasting wine, food and quality entertainment at Monday's celebration.

The annual event took place at the .

More than 1,000 revelers attended the Taste of Arcadia, which boasted 39 booths featuring fine cuisine from top local restaurants, top-notch desserts, a martini bar, wine tasting and—new this year—tequila tasting!

Originally begun as a small fundraiser for the Arcadia Tournament of Roses float, the Taste of Arcadia gala has grown to become one of the most anticipated events of the year. Headed by the Chamber of Commerce, the event raises money for the Assistance League of Arcadia, the Boy Scouts of America and the Foundation.

The party started before guests even entered the front gates. The Drum Line serenaded attendees with percussion music.

Then, of course, it was onto the food! Some of Arcadia’s finest eateries had booths, such as , Sierra Bistro, , and Nikki C’s.

Desserts created by Candy Connections, Sweet & Savory and made for a scumptious after dinner treat. Highlights included cakes, cookies and even a chocolate fountain for marshmallows and strawberry dipping.

Inside the Roost—which, incidentally, had some distant peacock onlookers—party-goers enjoyed a plethora of choice wines, ales, tequila and martinis from , Angel Bendito, Stone brewing Company, The Gables and The Nose Wine Bar, to name a few.

Once everyone had their fill of food and spirits, it was time to work it all off on the dance floor to the tunes of Cold Duck, which rocked music from Chicago, Van Morrison and Santana, among others.

As Cold Duck took a quick break, two exotic Brazilian dancers hit the dance floor with bright, colorful outfits to entice partiers of all ages to get up and shake it.

As if all this wasn’t enough, there were prizes to be won! A raffle had many great items up for grabs, including a 6-month gym membership, Panasonic camcorder and 3-D digital camera and a limo escort to wine and dine in Temecula.

“Everyone seemed pleased and happy and had a great time,” said the Chamber of Commerce's Executive Director (who is also a Patch columnist).

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