The Taste of Coral Springs Event History

  • 1996
    The first Taste of Coral Springs was established as a networking and fund-raising event for the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. Held at the Carolina Club, McDivot's mansion, the inaugural event was attended by approximately 200 guests, sampling wines, spirits and a delicious cheese and fruit table.

  • 1997
    In year two, and still under the direction of the Chamber, the event was moved to the Coral Springs Center of the Arts. Restaurants were added to the event along with a cigar area. Approximately 400 people attended as the event began to be recognized by the movers and shakers of Coral Springs.

  • 1998
    Year three saw the Taste take on a life of its own. A non-profit corporation was formed by seven Coral Springs business men with the purpose of raising money for charity.
    A partnership was formed with the Honda Classic Golf Tournament, which allowed us to be billed as the opening event of Honda Week. Restaurant participation grew to 15 different restaurants. A silent auction and a fund-raising super raffle were added and the physical area of the event expanded to a tent in the courtyard as well as the three floors of the Center of the Arts. With the help of our Corporate Sponsors, volunteers, and over 1,000 event participants, $21,000 was raised for selected childrens organizations.

  • 1999
    The 1999 Taste grew again. Having gained a reputation as the premier event of its kind in the area, sponsors and guests looking forward to the event have jumped on board with a minimum of solicitation. Over 1,200 guests attended and raised $34,000 for selected childrens causes.

  • 2000
    The 2000 Taste was an event, second to none. With expanded area and over 1300 people in attendance it was definitely a night to be remembered. 
    Through your generosity, we raised $48,000 for selected children's charities.

  • 2001
    The Taste took the year off.

  • 2002
    The 2002 Taste was a delightful event. Smaller in comparison to 2000 due to the year off, but enjoyed by all who attended. With approximately 800 in attendance, we were happy to report that we raised over $25,000 for this year's selected charities.

  • 2003
    The 2003 Taste showed a renewal in community awareness and was attended by over 1,000 people. The event raised $40,000 for selected children's charities.

  • 2004
    The 2004 "Wine & Diamonds" Taste was attended by more than 900 people, and raised $39,000 for the children's charities.

  • 2005
    The 2005 Taste raised $42,000 for the children's charities, and was experienced by 800 people. This year's auction items featured two Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

  • 2006
    The Taste raised $50,000 for children's charities and was attended by more than 800 people.
    The event featured a Mardi Gras theme and was held on Fat Tuesday, February 28.

  • 2007
    The Taste took the year off.

  • 2008
    The Taste of Coral Springs was back and better than ever!

  • 2009
    The Taste featured a new open-air layout for the outdoor vendors and filled the inside and outside of the Center for the Arts with more than 700 attendees. The enhanced decor and entertainment area with dance floor elevated the event to the next level!

  • 2010
    The Taste celebrated the high-stakes atmosphere of Las Vegas and raised $22,500 for its children's charities.

  • 2011
    The Taste celebrated the Hollywood glamour and raised $16,050 for the charities with more than 750 people in attendance.

  • 2012
    The Taste celebrated disco and the 1970s, and raised $22,500 for the charities with more than 800 people in attendance.

  • 2013
    The Taste celebrated flower power and the City of Coral Springs 50th Anniversary with a sixties theme, and raised $25,500 for the charities with more than 900 people in attendance.

  • 2014
    The Taste took a trip to the Caribbean with a tropical theme, and raised $22,500 for the charities with more than 800 people in attendance.
  • 2015
    The Taste planned to "Jazz Up The Night" and raised $21,000 for the charities with more than 850 people in attendance.
  • 2016
    The Taste went country for the first time! Everyone kicked up their boots to the tune of $28.500 for our charities with more than 900 people in attendance..
  • 2017
    The Taste had a huge night! More than 900 people attended, and the Museum of Art was used as a VIP Lounge, helping to raise $40,000.