Taste of Tamarac

October 12th, 2019

About Us

The Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will present the 16th annual Taste of Tamarac October 12th 2019.

This event is brought to you by Title sponsor Broward Health Coral Springs and Platinum sponsor the City of Tamarac. Without their generous support this event would not be possible.

The Chamber is proud and excited to bring together local restaurants, caterers, culinary students together with local businesses making a great family lunch with music, dancing and raffles. There will be children’s activities and everyone is encouraged to dress in their fall costume for the costume contest.

Tickets are only $10 (online early bird $8) for adults, $5 ($4.00 early bird online). We encourage you to buy early only to ensure you get a ticket and avoid long lines at the door.

Once inside the food samples are free to enjoy. You will need to bring your appetite as there will be over 25 food stations to choose from. Giveaways and promotions will be handed out from nonfood business tables including valuable information from our sponsors. Incentives to support local businesses will be available for you to take home.

In the children’s section (free entrance) interactive games, costume contest, music and dancing. (Everybody loves the freeze dance!!) and prizes.

Don’t miss out on Broward County’s favorite family Taste of event.

Early bird online tickets are at $8 an adult, $4 children 6-12 years old and under 6 free until October 5th and can be purchased HERE.

Kid’s Corner

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The Taste of Tamarac has grown over the past 15 years and has become a great community event that children love to attend! Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the Kids’ Corner which will keep them entertained with music, face painting and lots of activities. PLUS, exhibitors at the Taste of Tamarac will be offering fun educational activities…and what kid doesn’t like to sample food?

Bring the whole family to the 16th Annual Taste of Tamarac for a great family afternoon of food and fun on October 12th from 11:30am-3pm at the Tamarac Community Center.

Chef’s Corner

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Expand your food experiences by attending the 16th Annual Taste of Tamarac on October 12th with live cooking demonstrations by Chefs from local restaurants and high schools. These chefs will speak and demonstrate their culinary skills and provide a tasting.

If you are more interested in preparing food than eating it, the Taste of Tamarac will give attendees the opportunity to learn something about cooking fine meals. There will be live cooking demos, complete with step-by-step narration of food preparation, so you will be able to put what you learn to use.

Get a first-hand look at the talented chefs, along with their affiliate schools and companies, and will get a glimpse into what makes their cuisine so fantastic.

For those more interested in tasting the food, we promise to delight your taste buds with food samples from all of the accredited chefs and restaurants at the Taste of Tamarac.

Broward Health

City of Tamarac

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Chef Shermika Lyons "Chef Mika"

Chef Shermika Lyons known to all her students as "Chef Mika" is a native Floridian from Miami. Chef Mika enjoys cooking and teaching so much that she left behind a career in law to pursue her love and passion for cooking. Chef Mika graduated from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Management. She enjoys preparing all types of cuisines from Floribbean to European, and invites her students to discover their “inner chef” when cooking and baking any delicious creation. Chef Mika is a certified Chef with the American Culinary Federation and is the newly elected President of the Broward Chapter of the organization. Chef Mika has been teaching at ARC Broward Learning Institute for the past 2 year and is the Lead Chef Instructor, she truly enjoys teaching culinary theories and concepts to her students in addition to preparing them to enter the culinary workforce via ARC Broward Learning Institute’s 16 week entry level Culinary Arts program. Chef Mika is a resident Chef in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs move to schools healthy eating initiative and travels to many elementary schools in Broward County creating healthy eating presentations for school-age children, she especially loves making appearances at her daughter’s elementary school. In her spare time Chef Mika is also the owner and executive chef of Chef Mika’s, LLC; a full service catering company (www.chefmika.com). She was recently featured in “Go Riverwalk Magazine” as One of Fort Lauderdale’s Top Favorite Female Chefs!!


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Chef Michelle Jones "Chef Jones"

Chef Michelle Jones "Chef Jones" of City of Tamarac, Youth Recreation Cooking Program and Here's Help, Inc., Culinary Arts Program. Chef Jones has been involved in the culinary world for the past 20 years. She has always had a creative and imaginary side and decided to pursue a degree in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After receiving a degree in Interior Design, she decided to switch majors and pursue her passion for food with acquiring a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts & Management.This is where her love for food expresses itself through tasteful creations in the kitchen and through her imaginative dishes from varied cuisines.

Chef Jones has always had a heart for others and loves to give back to her community. She has made it one of her main priorities to support healthy eating habits catering especially to the younger generation. She supports Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program, which is "America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids" and has been working with the Mayors of different South Florida cities for several years implementing a similar program called "Let's Jump".

She is constantly creating fun, healthy, easy recipes that she shares and teaches through summer camp cooking classes, as well as evening classes in the surrounding cities for young people so that they can enjoy a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Her addiction to this cause has led her to acquire sponsorship from some of the biggest companies in South Florida like the Jamaican food giant Grace Kennedy and the Spanish-American spice giant Badia.