The Taste of Federal Way returns Sept. 23

Event includes a performance by Federal Way’s Got Talent winner Aimee Vanessa Coronado Bravo.

The Federal Way Farmers Market’s annual Taste of Federal Way event returns from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23.

If you haven’t purchased tickets from a partnering nonprofit, now is the time to make sure that sale does the most good.

Tickets cost $20 and include a feast of dishes from at least eight restaurants, plus a drink and dessert. The event also features live music and performances. One-third of each ticket sale goes to a nonprofit, one-third to the restaurant and the last piece to the Federal Way Farmers Market.

The Taste of Federal Way is in its 5th year with the theme of Island Flava. One Island Drop will perform along with Federal Way High School’s Pacific Islander club which will showcase a variety of different performances from the different cultures they represent.

Federal Way’s Got Talent winner Aimee Vanessa Coronado Bravo will also grace the stage at Taste of Federal Way.

This year’s restaurants include Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream, East India Grill, Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse of Federal Way, Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant of Twin Lakes, Mama Stortini’s, K.C. Deez BBQ, Black Bear Diner of Federal Way and Poverty Bay Cafe by FUSION.

Local nonprofits represent a variety of community causes and commit to selling at least 50 tickets each in order to participate. Several organizations focus on supporting individuals and families in accessing resources like mental health care, housing or basic childcare supplies and support including Valley Cities Counseling and Behavioral Center, FUSION and Do the Right Thing. The Rotary Club of Federal Way also supports community care locally and abroad through a wide variety of charitable activities.

Sports organizations include Federal Way Warriors Athletics and Federal Way Knights Baseball, and two local schools are also participating: Pacific Christian Academy and Ted Colby for St. Vincent De Paul Parish School.

The Taste of Federal Way began as an expansion of the 15-year tradition of the chili cookoff at the farmers market. Events Director Rose Ehl told The Mirror that it is also a great reminder to the community that the Federal Way Farmers Market is active through the last Saturday in October.

Sponsors include Pete von Reichbauer, Federal Way Public Schools, Federal Way Licensing, Heritage Bank, Sound Transit, Way Scarff Ford, Vickie Chynoweth Realtor for KWPS, Pet Supplies Plus, Harborstone Credit Union, Federal Way Mirror and Yvonne San Luis Design.