On the first day of May, the annual Taste of Orange festival will unpack along Orange St. for a full afternoon of sipping, snacking, and good vibes. Behind the scenes, the Orange Blossoms Auxiliary—an all-volunteer organization—will once again run the show. They use the funds raised during the Taste of Orange to fuel other programs throughout the community, making the Taste of Orange one of the year's most important events. Of course, the afternoon's lineup of vendors and activities reflects that importance—here are some of the establishments and activities you can check out:
Food vendors: Smoqued Barbecue, The Pizza Press, The Pie Hole, Colleary's Bistro & Bakery, and more
Drink vendors: local brewery's ranging from Stone Brewing to Common Cider Company and Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Extras: live music, opportunity drawings, and a silent auction
Catch the latest action flick or family drama at Shakespeare Orange County in Orange.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This theater also has a fabulous restaurant.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this theater has kid-friendly policy.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Dance the day or night away at Phill's Ballroom Dance Studio in Orange.
For a workout that's fun, try one of Phill's Ballroom Dance Studio's awesome dance classes.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The Music Room has a full schedule of shows at their theater in Orange.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This theater has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
Take the kids along too — this theater is a great spot for families with activities that even little ones will love.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The Music Room is obviously the place to be, so get your calendar out and make plans to visit it soon.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Center Cafe in Santa Ana.
The patio seating at Center Cafe is perfect for those warm summer days.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at Center Cafe.
Center Cafe is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Center Cafe provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.