Mark your calendars for this July 16th from 1pm–5pm for OC Weekly’s 4th Annual Summer Fest presented by Cox Business. Join the party where Orange County beach culture meets the ultimate celebration of OC Weekly’s much-anticipated June 16th Summer Guide issue! Boasting performances on a beachside stage, beer and drink booths, food trucks, vendors and a VIP Cabana fitted with a Summer Cocktail Lounge and Taco Throwdown contest, this is one summer soiree not to miss.

Who’s pouring? All attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass upon entry presented by Anaheim’s new rooftop lounge, The Fifth, and the following drink purveyors will be filling these cups up with tastings: Angel City Brewery, Anheuser Busch, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Corona, Diabolo, Knee Deep Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Latitude 33 Brewing, Newport Brew Co., Sambazon, Sapporo and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Also included around the property will be Aquafina Hydration Stations with free ice-cold water and flavored sparkling water. In the Tito’s Handmade Vodka VIP Lounge, VIP attendees will have extra tastings in the Summer Cocktail Lounge where The Hub, Macallans Public House and the soon to re-open Royal Hawaiian will be pouring their favorite summer libations using Tito’s Handmade Vodka!

Who’s cooking? All attendees will have access to some of Orange County’s favorite food trucks including Burger Monster, California Grill Truck, Falasophy, Haole Boys Shave Ice, Piaggio On Wheels and Sweet Lou’s BBQ. Mini sampling bites will also be provided by Sambazon, Krave Jerky and The Halal Guys. VIP ticket holders get the added amenity of free food such as dessert by Gelato Paradiso and tacos from the five competitors of our 2nd Annual Taco Throwdown, also taking place in the Tito’s Handmade Vodka VIP Cabana. The competitors include Borracho Tacos, Tacolized, The Fifth, TLT Food and Urbana. There will be a judges vote and an attendee vote. The winner of the attendee vote will receive a custom trophy, OC Weekly print ad, editorial announcements and of course, bragging rights!

Who’s vending? Summer Fest party goers will get to visit the branding and retail booths of the following sponsors: SoCal Buick/GMC, Cox Business and Cox Communications free photo booth, Frontier Communications, House of Blues, KAABOO, LunchBOX (A WAXING SALON), ShowGrow and The Fifth. Shopping continues with Aroma Wellness, Black Flys, Bohemian Mama, CPC Swimwear, Epiq Laguna Beach Boutique, Franky Castle art, Johnny Brushstrokes art, Marcelo Calvopina art, Nickel + Birch, Puppies Make Me Happy, Raptor Jewelry, Sabre Sunglasses, and Sadie Slick.

Supplying amazing background music will be a surprise headliner to be announced June 27th, Rootz Underground straight from Jamaica, Cali Conscious and Black Salt Tone. The VIP gazebo will have performances from The Oles, and Chad Martini.  Tickets are available online now until 10am on July 16th for purchase at http://www.ocsummerfest.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for purchase for $50 and general admission tickets for $30. Pricing will increase by $10 on July 5th. This event benefits Krochet Kids and their mission to empower at-risk women abroad by providing training, careers and a chance to rise from poverty.

Follow OC Weekly on Facebook, Twitter @ocweeklystreet, and Instagram @ocweekly for updates as they unfold.  If you would like to participate in this event as a sponsor or vendor, please email Ashleigh Fleury at afleury@ocweekly.com.

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Published since September 1995, OC Weekly provides readers in Orange County and Long Beach with award-winning news reporting and provocative coverage of arts and entertainment. Currently reaching over 500,450 readers weekly in print and over 1,042,910 monthly online, OC Weekly continues to be the go-to information provider for lifestyle, entertainment and alternative news reporting. OC Weekly is also now known as one of Orange County’s biggest event producers, holding four signature events a year that offer locals exceptional culinary, cocktail and music parties, as well as providing local and national businesses the opportunities to market their products to a large number of consumers.