Taste of Lake offers sampling of local restaurants at second annual event

Hundreds of locals filled the Leesburg Community Building for the second annual Taste of Lake place on Tuesday.

The event featured live music and food samplings from more than a dozen local restaurants and businesses.

Each restaurant had the opportunity to participate in multiple categories: Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert and Best Drink. All of the booths were judged for their appearance and one was awarded the people’s choice.

Winners were announced at the end of the night, with the first award going to Eaton’s Beach for Best Appetizer.

Eaton's Beach BBQ shrimp won the Best Appetizer for the night
Eaton’s Beach BBQ shrimp won the Best Appetizer of the night.

The best decorated booth award went to Mojo Grill & Catering, who looks to open their newest restaurant in Leesburg in the coming week. Mojo Grill & Catering currently operates three other locations in Belleview and Ocala.

Mojo Grill won for Best Booth Decoration at the second annual Taste of Lake
Mojo Grill won for Best Booth Decoration at the second annual Taste of Lake

Gourmet Today, which offers catering services in Leesburg and surrounding communities, won both the Best Entree and People’s Choice awards on the evening.

Gourmet Today won the People's Choice and Best Entree awards at the second annual Taste of Lake
Gourmet Today won the People’s Choice and Best Entree awards at the second annual Taste of Lake.

The Best Beverage award went to San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant for its classic margaritas. San Jose’s, which is located in the Southside Shopping Center, served up traditional favorites, including taco shells and ceviche alongside their award-winning drink.

San Jose's, a Mexican restaurant in Leesburg, won the Best Drink at Taste of Lake with margaritas
San Jose’s, a Mexican restaurant in Leesburg, won the Best Drink at Taste of Lake with margaritas

The Best Dessert award went to Bre’s Berries after they provided a collection of different desserts, including vanilla and chocolate cakes, in addition to their famous chocolate-covered strawberries.

Bre's Berries won Best Dessert at Taste of Lake
Bre’s Berries won Best Dessert at Taste of Lake.

Check out some more of our photos from the night at the end of this story, and make sure to share your photos with us by clicking here.

Rice, black beans, mojo pork and sweet plaintains from Mojo Grill in Leesburg.
Bourbon Bread Pudding from Eaton's Beach
Bourbon Bread Pudding from Eaton’s Beach.
Kelly Jarrard performed music for the night including some of her originals off her new album, "It's Time"
Kelly Jarrard performed music for the night, including some of her originals off her new album, “It’s Time.”
La Hacienda Catering served up pulled pork sliders
La Hacienda Catering served up pulled pork sliders.