More than 60 restaurants and businesses participated in the 9th Annual Taste of South Lake and Business Expo held last Thursday, November 7, at Clermont’s Waterfront Park. The event offered samplings of a wide variety of scrumptious appetizers, entrees, beverages, and desserts from local restaurants, as well as best decorated booth and a chance to meet and mingle with many of south Lake’s business leaders.

South Lake’s favorite country singer Rob Nichols was the featured entertainer.

Participating restaurants competed for best appetizer, entrée, dessert, and drink, as well as a “People Choice” award and recognition for the best-decorated booth.

Taste of South Lake “Best Of” winners  are

Best Decorated Booth Winner for the third consecutive year!  City of Clermont ❤️ Runner Up – Mighty Clean Cans

Pictured: City of Clermont. Maritza Rivera is chillaxing and Chris Dudeck is practicing his Flamingo stance preparing for  Holiday In Paradise, the theme for this year’s Light Up Clermont, coming December 6-7.

Best Appetizer: Clermont Oyster Bar ❤️ Runner Up – Table Top Catering

pictured:: Clermont Oyster Bar

Best Entree: Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ ❤️ Guru’s Restaurant & Catering

Pictured: Elle Lou’s Brews and BBQ

Best Drink: Clermont Brewing Company❤️Runner Up: Root & Branch bistro+bar

Pictured: Clermont Brewing Co.

 Best Dessert: Ritters Frozen Custard ❤️ Runner Up – Evolv Kitchen

Pictured: Ritter’s Frozen Custard

People’s Choice: San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant

pictured: San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant