Mallory Square was such a hit last year that Taste of Key West will be back at the “home of the sunset” again on Monday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The open-air event promises a bounty of beverage and palate-pleasing plates and a sunset to match. With free general admission, foodies can stroll 45 local restaurants’ edibles, including seafood, European dishes, and vegetarian offerings. Tickets can be bought based upon what looks best.

Taste of Key West will be back at Mallory Square again on Monday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. CONTRIBUTED

“The unavailability of Truman Waterfront, our traditional venue, last year was a blessing in disguise,” said Scott Pridgen, Executive Director of A.H. of Monroe County, Inc., which benefits from the three-hour festival of food and drink. “It forced us to re-invent the event, now in its 23rd year.”

Participating restaurants donate time, staff and food. This year, Republic National Distributing Company will have vintage wines and craft beers, with one of the biggest selections ever, according to the event organizers.

Rebecca Balcer, a board member of A.H. Monroe, has volunteered the past couple years at the event, “It’s my favorite event in Key West. You see everyone at it.”

Biking or walking is strongly suggested, for both convenience and to work off the calories.

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