Fling through Spring at the Coronado Flower Show’s Evening Event

The Coronado Flower Show’s evening event, Floral Fling, was held Saturday night in Spreckels Park. The Floral Fling served as a celebration in the middle of the two-day show, which is the largest tented flower show in the U.S., and Coronado’s longest running tradition.

Following the first day of the Flower Show, attendees at the Floral Fling gathered in Spreckels Park to enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment with friends. Local restaurants, distilleries and breweries offered classics and new creations to enjoy, and the band It’s Never 2L8 enhanced the lively atmosphere by playing a mix of favorite tunes.

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Admittance allotted attendees a food and beverage ticket, which was stamped by each vendor prior to sampling. Well-known island favorites such as Miguel’s and Moo Time pleased guests with some signature menu items (carnitas tacos with jalapeno white sauce; ice cream tacos of various flavors), while younger additions to the island (Lobster West and the not-yet-opened (in Coronado) Poké 1-2-3) were present to wow the crowd with their specials (clam chowder and three different poké options). Over ten stations cushioned guests throughout the park, and some chefs were on-site to speak of their work. Participating businesses included: Brigantine, Gelato Paradiso, Poké 123, Miguel’s Cocina, Liberty Call Distilling Co., Maretalia Ristorante, Coronado Brewing Co., High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen, Lobster West, Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint, and Moo Time Creamery.

Poke samples from Poke 123. From top to bottom: Vegan, Seafood and Chicken.

Attendees must be over the age of 21 and a member of the Coronado Floral Association to attend the Floral Fling. Co-chairs Sara Stillman and Megan Pontes were supported by a committee made up of local Coronado residents and CFA board members: Carol McGraw, Jennifer Settle, and Heather Minger. The Floral Fling is directly affiliated with the flower show and all proceeds go to the Coronado Floral Association to support programs funded by the Coronado Floral Association.

The Flower Show and the event is a beloved spring tradition in Coronado, attracting islanders and guests for over eight decades. The evening was a truly delightful way to celebrate spring with neighbors and members of the CFA at our historic community park. Be sure to attend next year for the chance to taste local delicacies, sip on Coronado beers and spirits, chat with friends under the stars and enjoy live music at one of Coronado’s best weekend traditions.

Since 1922, the Coronado Flower Show has been a local tradition.

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A graduate of the University of Oregon's Journalism School, Rebecca lived in New York City and Seattle prior to moving back to southern California. She's worked for Condé Nast, Time Inc., and other local publications. Rebecca enjoys riding her purple beach cruiser, creating self-guided taco tours, traveling, reading and subsequently drinking wine with her book club, cooking, decorating and entertaining.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com