It was a battle of the tastebuds on Saturday.
Hundreds of community members gathered for the annual Taste of Federal Way food festival, presented by the Federal Way Farmers Market on Sept. 28.
Nine Federal Way restaurants teamed up with local nonprofits for the event, which sold more than 800 tickets, to provide trademark dishes.
Culinary delights included tastes of Black Bear Diner, Chick-fil-A, Mediterranean Gyro Grill, East India Grill, Puerto Vallarta Twin Lakes, Mama Stortini’s Federal Way, The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse and K.C. Deez BBQ.
After tough deliberation and many mouthfuls, judges selected the top dishes.
Puerto Vallarta’s Arroz con Pollo took home third place; East India Grill’s vegetable Korma over rice placed second, and Mediterranean Gyro Grill won first place. The RAM Restaurant and Brewery was awarded as the best decorated booth.
As for the People’s Choice in Best Taste, East India Grill was the first place crowd pleaser.
The third annual Dick Mayer Community Award was also presented at Saturday’s event to Betty Taylor for her heart, advocacy and unfailing commitment to better the local community.