September was called Herbstmonat ("harvest month") by Charlemagne and Gerstmonath ("barley month") by the Anglo-Saxons.
But here in Newport-Mesa, September is better known as epicure month. With both the Taste of Newport and Orange County Restaurant Week approaching, area foodies are salivating like Pavlov's dogs.
A much-loved event now in its 22nd year, the Taste of Newport intermixes iconic menu items from area restaurants, confectioners and wineries for the county's palates to explore.
Entertainment at this year's Taste of Newport is as top-notch as its exhibitors, and will include the Gin Blossoms on Sept. 17; Foreigner on Sept. 18; and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Sept. 19.
Some of the Taste participants are newer names trying to differentiate themselves in the competitive Newport-area dining scene; others have been around longer than the event.