A Visitors’ Guide to the Taste of St. Louis

Monday September 9, 2019

The 2019 Taste of St. Louis is returning to Downtown St. Louis.

The 15th annual event, which is free to attend, will be held September 13-15 at the Soldiers Memorial. From top notch food to live music to a Chef Battle Royale, there will be tons to see (and eat) at Taste of St. Louis, so we created the perfect guide to help you make the most of your weekend.

The Food

Where else can you get a taste of 30+ regional eateries, tasty beverages and desserts extraordinaire – all in one place? Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant row will feature 30+ local eateries from around the area including many St. Louis favorites including Sugarfire Smokehouse, Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, Park Avenue Coffee, Joe Boccardi’s , Drunken Fish and more.

In addition to their regular menu selections, each restaurant offers two “Taste Bites”, smaller portions of their delectable cuisine, so patrons are able to experience even more delightful morsels during their time at the event.

There is no need to stand in line to purchase tickets. All restaurants take cash (and most take credit cards). The menu items usually range from $3 – $8. ATMs are also available onsite.

Chef Battle Royale

The Chef Battle Royale has increasingly become a patron favorite, and 2019 is sure to not disappoint! This year, The chef competition will take place outdoors on the Culinary Main Stage. Head to head, the chefs battle for 2019’s exclusive Chef Battle Royale crown. For the first time ever, the chefs’ talents will be displayed on a massive LED video wall for spectators to get an up-close and personal view of the competition.

Each year, eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete in sevenbattlecategories. After three days of intense competition, only one chef is left standing and crowned the Chef Battle Royale Champion.

This year – the stage will heat up with some of the region’s most talented chefs! Here’s a list of the participating chefs:

  • Thu Rein (Returning Champion, The Crossing)
  • Cassy Vires (Winslow’s Home & Farm)
  • Austin Hamblin (Cork Wine Bar)
  • Matt Birk (Union 30/Hotel Saint Louis)
  • Jason Sparks (Layla)
  • Matt DuBois (The Scottish Arms)
  • Matthew R. Dawson (Cafe Coeur)
  • Emily Novotny (Eleven Eleven Mississippi)

Read more about the participating chefs here.

The Drinks

The Taste of STL not only offers some of the best St. Louis cuisine, but also amazing spirits, beer and wine. Who can make the best cocktail in St. Louis? Come find out at Taste! Beer lovers will be happy with the large, local craft beer selection featuring some of St. Louis’ finest breweries.

The Music

What is the one other thing you need for a food festival to be complete? GREAT LOCAL MUSIC. Taste will feature of some St. Louis’s best original music acts all through the afternoon and evening on the Gaslight Music Stage. We promise to deliver an eclectic, diverse line-up to satisfy the listening palettes of all music lovers.

Here’s a look at the lineup:

Friday, September 13

Saturday, September 14

Sunday, September 15


On top of showcasing the region’s best eateries, chefs and handcrafted beverages, Taste of St. Louis will features its first ever Healthy@Home area.

This area will feature informative-yet-fun, family-friendly activities that give local hard working entrepreneurs a platform to display their products, effort and ideas on the Family Kitchen Stage. Programming will include presentations surrounding healthy snacking, ways to get your kids to help with meal preparation, simple gardening, eating to “fuel up” and more!

Family Festival Activities (Open from 12-5 both Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted):

  • All American Gymnastics, super ninja course
  • The Little Gym of South County, children’s fitness activities
  • STL Rock School, interactive instrument playing garden
  • BJC, interactive nutrition activities and Arch build
  • TapSnap Photo Booth
  • Upper Limits Rock Climbing Wall
  • Raised Garden Activation 
  • Lift 4 Life, demonstrations through the day
  • Farmer’s Marketplace
  • Missouri Coalition for the Environment, various local farm products will be available for sale from Farmers in MCE’s New Known & Grown program.
  • St. Louis Area Foodbank
  • Plus… Face painting, Balloon artists, stilt walkers and more.

For more information about this years Taste of St. Louis visit https://www.tastestl.com.

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