Shrimp and scallop crepe, corn, custard voted ‘Best’ in Edmonds Taste Off

Matt Smith from PCC Natural Markets enjoys a bite. (Photos by Karisa Gurtiza)
Brad Hoare of the Journal Newspapers, dressed as Jack Sparrow, rests between food samples.
Edmonds City Council President Strom Peterson and Lynnwood Honda's Mike Popke talk over their vote.
Mrs. Seattle International Anna Hiatt tries the roasted corn.
The 2011 Best Dessert Award is presented to Peaks Frozen Custard.

Each year, a group of judges — this year including city councilmembers and local business owners — convenes under a tent to sample and vote for their favorite “tastes” among those submitted by vendors at the annual A Taste of Edmonds.

My Edmonds News was on hand this year to document the proceedings at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, with the help of photographer (and 2010 Edmonds-Woodway High School grad) Karisa Gurtiza.

The clear main dish favorite was the Shrimp and Scallop Crepe by Crepealicious, beating out other delectables that included baby back ribs from Smoke This BBQ, a piroshki with smoked salmon and cream cheese filling from Kaleenka Piroshky and a Polish Philly sandwich with peppercorn sauce made by Pat’s Philly Steak Sandwich.

The winning side dish was fire roasted sweet corn from Corn Roasters while the judges’ favorite dessert was salted caramel cashew sundae, courtesy of Peaks Frozen Custard.

After the winners were announced, each vendor received a “Best Of” banner to display during the three-day Taste, which runs through Sunday.



  1. This event would be so much better, if itbwere operated like abreal taste where you could buy nibbles of everything.

  2. Food prices are way too high, and on top of an admission price – it that really necessary?. Speaking as a teenager, especially those of us who aren’t yet old enough or can’t find jobs, sadly, could only walk around and smell the wonderful aromas…

  3. Maybe it is a naming issue, but I’m confused as to the thought process behind ToE.

    Yes, it is great to draw a large amount of non-residents and residents to spend money in Edmonds. But given the current format, this seems to be only focussed on an annual influx of money relating to ToE.

    Does it not seem more logical that ToE should be focussed on Edmonds restaurants and businesses? People can get the same carnival/fair food at the numerous events held throughout the state. In my opinion it would be of greater benefit to the city to focus on exposing all of the wonderful restaurants and businesses we have in Edmonds, bite by bite. Hence drawing people to return to our wonderful city throughout the year.

  4. I have to say that I was seriously disappointed in the ToE this year. The venue is really meant to drink and listen to music. Marketing it around food is wrong. The food was awful; it was really just carnival food, as mentioned above. I don’t think I will attend next year.

  5. the food part of the fair is what makes fairs fun- I agree , it whould be local or unique to the region. the Frozen Custard from Peaks Frozen Custard is locally sourced, hormone free, made with pure cane sugar, no preservatives, no corn syrup- And they made it right at the fair. – i don’t call that junky fair food- it’s gourmet and unique and delicious- which is probably why it won a prize. One improvement that could be made is to keep the dust under control or hold the fair somewhere not in the dirt.
    Also-people should know that food prices are high at fairs because vendors are charged huge amounts to be there. If they didn’t have higher prices they would never even vend because they would lose money.
    Comeback to the Edmonds Taste this year and have some more award winning treats from Peaks Frozen Custard! Relax, have a good time- it’s a fair!

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