Taste of Marina Del Rey was a splash of music and food from local restaurants and cafes. What stood out for me were the headlining band, Gin Blossoms, along with Rob Michaels, DC4 and Sextus on Saturday and Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson, on Sunday. The stage, lights and sound were definitely up to par at this outdoor extravaganza.

Other than great tunes, what stood out was the food/aka “tastes” of Marina del Rey. There was cream-filled watermelon and orange licorice, an assorted variety of caramel apples from Candylicious in Whittier, Tubs Fine Chili from Culver City (including vegan chili) and Magic Wok (healthy Chinese fast food) on Washington Boulevard. In addition, there was wine tasting.

Let’s get back to the caramel apples: This company also does catering for special events. I’ve never such a variety of caramel apples, from cheesecake flavor to cookies and cream to mango chili to Rice Krispies treats to Snickers. People were definitely enticed by the variety of caramel apples offered by Candylicious (7046 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier). One man even bought a bouquet (for his wife, mother, kids). The caramel apples were definitely unique and artistic, handmade and delicious!

Other than the apples, the highlight of the event was the music of the Gin Blossoms, featuring new songs as well as tried-and-true classics, which made the experience nostalgic and fun. Gin Blossoms made their mark in the ’90s, and have since acquired true fans, so people were definitely excited to see them up close at this more intimate venue. Taste of Marina Del Rey was hosted by Cynthia Fox and Bob Buckman of 95.5 KLOS.