Are you looking for a new favorite restaurant or a chance to try a different dish from one of your favorite places? The Taste of Brandon, in its 24th year, will take place at the Westfield Brandon Mall on Saturday, April 21 from 1-5 p.m. offering samples from some of the area’s most popular restaurants giving residents the chance to try many different dishes in one place.

“The Taste of Brandon will feature restaurants providing menu samples along with a fun filled family atmosphere with music and activities for all,” said Rick Lewis, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce President and C.E.O.

The Chamber has been hosting the event since 1994 at locations throughout the area. This is the first time the event will be held at the Westfield Mall, starting outside of The Cheesecake Factory, benefitting local non-profit groups.

“This year’s format is very different in that this event no longer serves the chamber,” said Lewis. “It is now hosted for the community.”

Restaurants will serve two to three ounce samples of signature menu items and guests will have the opportunity to try these samples and then vote for the restaurants with the best tastings, spirits and desserts.

“The event is all about bringing families together and fostering a sense of community,” said Lewis. “We want all ages to attend.”

Wristband tickets to event can be purchased from local non-profit groups or at the Chamber of Commerce. Wristbands are $20 for adults and children older than nine, $5 for children three to eight and children two and under are free.

In addition to food, music and entertainment, the event will also host a vendor area including exhibitors from area non-profit and for-profit businesses.

“The mission of the Taste of Brandon is to provide the greater Brandon area with a signature event that brings families together and fosters a sense of community,” said Lewis.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit or call 689-1221. Westfield Brandon Mall is located at 459 Brandon Town Center Dr.

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Kate Quesada
Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.