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Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM for general admission

VIP Area: Opens at 5:30 PM and closes at 9:00 PM – 1/2 hour later then the general admission area!

Location: University Park & Sidney Street (between Franklin & Pacific) in Central Square.

Each year foodies descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample the delicious, creative, healthy and award-winning cuisine that comprises our city – one of the most widely recognized restaurant destinations in the area. The Taste of Cambridge transforms University Park Common and Sidney Street into a lush haven for gastronomical and gustatory indulgences of the highest order!

Our event is one of the great food sampling experiences in the region featuring 100+ local restaurants and local specialty butcher, cheese, honey, wine, beer, specialty drinks and coffee purveyors.

Feel good and do good!

Buy a ticket to this benefit and provide support local Cambridge non-profits doing direct service work in Cambridge in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment. The TOC helps to support five non-profit alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs each year.

Highlights of the 14th Annual Taste of Cambridge include:
  • Kids

    Get the kids the ultimate Tasting Ticket for the under 12 set (accompanied by a parent): there is so much to choose from -it’s hard for even the pickiest kid to resist! Kids Tasting Tickets are available for $15.00 each for children 6 to 12; kids under six are free

  • VIP

    Our “VIP” ticket holders are welcomed into a VIP Garden full of “Lawn Games & Raw Bars, Grills & Craft Beers” and specialty cocktails & craft punches served by our Celebrity Bartenders!

    Our Liquor Sponsors (TBA) have several bars in the VIP area – featuring cocktails & punches by celebrity bartenders from VIP restaurants!

  • Adults

    Each “Adult” General Admission ticket to the Taste of Cambridge includes four glasses of beer or wine from our beer and wine gardens featuring local Craft Beers and Amstel, Harpoon, Heineken, John Harvard’s Brew House, Rex Goliath, and a variety of other specialty beers and wines


Past Participants!

Would you like to participate in the Taste of Cambridge?
Please contact Robin Lapidus at robincentralsquare@gmail.com or 617-864-3211

Stay posted — the list continues to grow!

Past Sponsors

  • sinclair
  • Lord-Hobo-Brewing
  • Reserve
  • Zinc-Apartments
  • Irving-House
  • Le-Cordon-Bleu
  • Rex-Goliath
  • Cambridge-Tourism
  • Bombay
  • Deep-Eddy-Vodka
  • Ribera-Y-Reuda
  • Clear-Channel-Outdoor
  • Taste of Cambridge Sponsors | Cater 2 Me
  • Taste of Cambridge Sponsors | Bantam Cider
  • slumbrew
  • wolavers
  • notch
  • strongbow
  • st-elder
  • amstel_radler
  • mionetto
  • Sponsor-Amstel
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  • Sponsor-BostonMag
  • Sponsor-CambridgeSeal
  • Sponsor-CSBA
  • Sponsor-ForestCity
  • Sponsor-Harpoon
  • sponsor-middleeast
  • Sponsor-MIT


Past Beneficiaries


Bridging the gap between waste and want since 1981. Food for Free rescues fresh food – ffod that might otherwise go to waste – and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need. Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation services, we give food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while our delivery program brings food directly to isolated seniors and people with disabilities. Our programs address, not only short-term hunger, but obesity, diet-related disease, and other long-term health effects of food insecurity and poor nutrition. In addition, food rescue –also called salvage or gleaning – reduces food waste.


The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy and program development agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, mental health problems, violence/trauma and HIV/AIDS. IHR’s work is based on principles of:
- Establishing collaborative models of service delivery
- Integrating gender-specific, trauma-informed and relational/cultural models of prevention, intervention, and treatment
- Fostering family-centered, strength-based approaches Advancing multicultural competency within the service delivery system


YPP uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary through high school students to succeed in school and in life, and in doing so involves them in efforts to eliminate institutional obstacles to their success.


The mission of the Margaret Fuller House is to strengthen and empower youth, families, and community residents. We work to address the economic, social and political inequities that shape the lives and futures of Area IV residents.

Located in Area IV, one of the most diverse and densely populated communities in Cambridge, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH) is a catalyst for concrete and enduring change.We focus on building relationships and connecting people with opportunities that will strengthen our community, eliminate violence from our streets, and gain access to basic human service and educational needs. The MFNH has evolved to address the changing needs of the Area IV community and today provides needed support and services to over 4,000 constituents—many of the most vulnerable residents of Cambridge


Established in 1905, Paine Senior Services is a program of the historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. PSS serves Cambridge residents aged 60+ years old who prefer to remain independent in their community and need information about resources, services, benefits, and available options. PSS also serves families who have questions about available services and benefits. Experienced social workers guide seniors, caregivers, and family members in addressing current and longer term needs. Our social workers are available for phone consultations, short-term intervention, and longer term planning. Home visits are provided.


At CASPAR we provide community-based services for people with substance use disorders. Through an array of outreach, shelter, stabilization, residential, aftercare, and prevention services we provide safe, accessible, and supportive programs to a diverse population of men, women, children and teens.