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Photos: Eating Catalina Island at the Taste of Avalon

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To a rousing success, last night the 2nd Annual Taste of Avalon kicked off the Flying Fish Festival for the weekend. Unlike the Taste of Chicago where restaurants set up booths in one central location, Avalon's taste has you going from restaurant to restaurant. And it works because the small city's downtown is about five blocks long, which makes the event a great way to experience the city.

After buying a rating card for $2, you go around to each of the restaurants and for $1 or less--sometimes free--you get food and drink samples. It was soon discovered this event did a good job liquoring you up one dollar at a time, something that will help grow this event's popularity over the years with tourists looking to forget their daily routines of mainland life.

The Taste is a good time, especially with groups of friends traveling together and getting full along the way. We recommend penciling this event in for 2010 and we'll be sure to inform you when it's coming