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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the event, see Taste of the Heights.
Jacinda: And speaking of cool, tonight's the night... Taste of the Heights is happening.
Lucy: A food fair in an abandoned skate park? Oh, that's so cool!

"A Taste of the Heights" is the twelfth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales, and directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado. It is the one hundred and forty-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 9, 2018.


On the day of Tiana's coronation, a confrontation with Dr. Facilier compels her to take a trip through the Bayou, where a surprising encounter changes her life and the hunt for an alligator takes a dark turn. In Hyperion Heights, Sabine reconnects with an old friend whose plans could jeopardize her culinary dreams. Meanwhile, Rogers and Weaver investigate a Blind Witch, leading them to a shocking discovery about the Coven.[2]


Deleted Scenes

A scene involving Colin O'Donoghue, Robert Carlyle and Rose Reynolds was cut from the episode, as was a scene with Adelaide Kane.[3]



Guest Starring



  • Unknown baby as Lucy



Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

  • Henry's podcast H-Town is a reference to S-Town, a popular investigative journalism podcast hosted by Brian Reed.
  • The song playing when Henry is sitting at Roni's and receives a text message from Jacinda is "Float" by Jude Shuma.
    • The same song was playing in the bar when Henry was having drinks with Ivy in "Beauty". It can also be heard when Jacinda visits the bar with Lucy in "Sisterhood".
  • Roni comments on how her cursed persona made some poor decisions, saying "I mean, who loves Def Leppard lyrics that much?", a reference to the famous British rock band. Kelly adds, "Well, pour some sugar on me", a reference to the famous song by the band.
  • Jacinda's mixtape to Henry includes songs by Beyoncé and Lauryn Hill, and the song "Pull Me Down" by Mikky Ekko.

Props Notes

  • The lead article in the newspaper that Sabine holds (a few words are obscured or blurred on-screen, but can be seen on a newspaper prop which was auctioned off on eBay in January 2019;[8] the missing text is set in fuchsia) reads:[6]

Still No Answers In Real Estate Mogul's Death

By H. Leung
Washington State Journal News Staff

Police continue to search for clues
in the mysterious death of real
estate magnate, Victoria Belfrey.
The body of the successful business-
woman was found last week by her
daughter, Ivy Belfrey, in the Hyperi-
on Heights Greenhouse
at the edge
of Lyric Park. Autopsy results are
still pending, but police have not
ruled out foul play.
"We continue to follow all investi-
gative leads, no matter how small,"
Detective Weaver, lead investigator
from the Hyperion Heights Police
, said during a press
conference this morning. "But
we've only just begun." Detective
Weaver refrained from offering up
any potential suspects or motives,
but did say that a woman in Ms.
Belfrey's position had "burned
many bridges".
The loss of this great community
leader has come as a shock to this
small, insular neighborhood, one of
the lesser known suburbs of Seattle.
A common refrain among residents
is that these streets have been safe
for as long as anyone can remember.
"You can't help but wonder if things
are changing now," said a fifty-three
year old woman, who asked that her
name not be printed. "If someone
like Victoria Belfrey isn't safe, then
who is?"
With its community clearly
rattled, the Hyperion Heights police
department is working hard to
assure residents there is no cause
for alarm. "Whatever happened to
Ms. Belfrey has a perfectly reason-
able explanation," Detective Rogers,
coleader of the investigation, said
in a meeting with local leaders.
"Our streets are as safe as they've
ever been. Of that much I'm sure."

See LEUNG / Page 2

Local real estate magnate, Victoria Belfrey

Any information regarding this incident
is greatly appreciated. Please contact
your local police precinct.
  • Another article is called "Seattle police find arson suspect".[6] It is adapted from a real article from The Seattle Times, "Seattle police identify suspect after man is set on fire in Fremont area", published on November 8, 2017.[9] Note that one sentence from the final paragraph of the original article was moved to a different part of the show's article; it is marked with a yellow background.
Seattle police identify suspect after
man is set on fire in Fremont area

By Steve Miletich
Seattle Times staff reporter

Seattle police detectives are searching for
a man suspected of setting another
man on fire Tuesday evening in the
Fremont area, leaving him critically injured.

Seattle police
find arson suspect

By M. Lane
Washington State Journal News Staff

Seattle police detectives have found
a man suspected of setting a store
front on fire Tuesday evening in

The man being sought was identified
Wednesday by police as Christopher Burrus, 31.

The man was identified Wednes-
day by police as M. Stope, 36. About
7 p.m., a passer-by saw Stope setting
fire to the store front and called 911.
Detectives believe Burrus doused the 39-year-old
victim with a flammable liquid before setting him on
fire, Seattle police said in a post on the department's
news website.
[not used]
No details were provided on why
detectives believe Burrus was
involved in the incident. If you know
where police can find Burrus,
please call 911 immediately
No details were provided on why
detectives believe Stope was
involved in the incident. If you have
any information on this incident
please call 911 immediately.
and do not approach him, police said. Detectives are
asking anyone with information to call the
homicide/assault tip line at 206-233-5000.
[not used]
The man who was set on fire was taken to Harborview
Medical Center
. He was in critical condition Wednesday
in the hospital's intensive-care unit, a Harborview
spokeswoman said. The incident took place in the 4500
block of Leary Way Northwest. About 7 p.m., a passer-
by saw the man on fire and called 911.
As the two
waited for medics, the passer-by put out the flames.
Stope is currently at Hyperion Heights
, where he's being
treated for second degree burns.
Stope was in critical condition
[image ends]

  • M. Lane is a reference to set decorator Mark Lane.
  • M. Stope is a reference to art director Mark Stope.
  • What little that can be glimpsed of the third article, reads:[6]

Local farm will live on under new o[image ends]

By R. McKinley
Washington State Journal News Staff

[image ends]
for its Community-support[image ends]
culture [image ends]
  • More of the article can be seen in a clipping on Henry's bulletin board in "Flower Child".[10]
  • When Sabine picks up the newspaper, the headline "The Journal's homeless initiative" can be glimpsed on a page.[16]
  • According to Henry's website, his blog has garnered 240 reviews. It reads:[7]

Never even knew Hyperion Heights existed!!!

Super fresh podcast, dude. Lived the NPR vibe and the slow story burn.
I was hooked right to the end. But now I have to know – who killed Victoria
Belfrey?!? Must. Have. Season. Two. RIGHT NOW. –Jerome S,

Binged the whole thing in one night!!

Started listening to this podcast on my way home. I didn't even realize that I was
still sitting in my driveway an half hour later, mesmerized by your wonderful
podcast. Even though I've never been to Seattle, I feel like I've walked the streets
of Hyperion Heights, plucked a few of Lucy's hyacinths and eaten at Mr. Cluck's
with Jacinda and Sabine. I very much hope this beautiful story continues! – Piper Lou

So many ships, so little time!

So many ships, so little time! Don't usually listen to podcasts, but you sound hot. Like
SERIOUSLY hot. I never cared so much about real estate deals in my life.
The story's pretty good too, but wow. If that whole thing with Jacinda doesn't
work out, I am stopping by Roni's sometime. –Dana H.

Great, but I hate cliffhangers!

Wait, so Victoria Belfrey DIED?! And that's it?! You've got to be kidding me.
I really enjoyed listening but I'm taking one star away for that crazy
cliffhanger. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end. What kind of
ending was that?!? –David G.

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Metcalf, Mitch (March 9, 2018). UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.9.2018. ShowBuzzDaily.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ONCE UPON A TIME: A TASTE OF THE HEIGHTS (3/9). Disney ABC Press (March 5, 2018).
  3. TwitterLogo @OUATSpoilers (OUATSPOILERS) on Twitter (screenshot)
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  5. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here’s another #OnceUponATime #scripttease — hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 File:712Newspaper.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 File:712HTownPage.png
  8. ONCE UPON A TIME Prop Washington State Journal Belfry (OUAT2094). eBay (January 30, 2019). (Photograph)
  9. Miletich, Steve (November 8, 2017). Seattle police identify suspect after man is set on fire in Fremont area. The Seattle Times.
  10. File:719YeahIWas.png
  11. Washington State Journal. Retrieved on September 15, 2018.
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  19. File:712Ronis.png
  20. File:712Worried.png
  21. LEE PRIORY. Lost Heritage. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  22. File:712WithYourFriends.png
  23. File:111DearlyDepartedMother.png
  24. File:712ToBeDone.png
  25. Splendid Twist-Front Slub Tee- 100% Exclusive. Bloomingdale's. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  26. File:712SadSabine.png
  27. BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket. Bloomingdale's. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  28. File:720JacindaAndSabine.png
  29. Screenshot from Pretty Little Liars: "Til Death Do Us Apart"
  30. Screenshot from MacGyver: "Ruler"
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  36. File:610Surrender.png
  37. Aegean Unisex Cotton Greek Fisherman's Cap. Amazon. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  38. File:716Thinking.png
  39. TwitterLogo @DeanMachine16 (GreenMachine 👽) on Twitter. "Dunno if this one's already been sent to you guys yet but OUAT is shooting in New West again this Monday." (screenshot) (filming notice) (note that the source only refers to 615 Clarkson Street in New Westminster as "the corner of Sixth Street and Clarkson Street"; these two street cross each other at this location)

    Street view of 615 Clarkson Street, which doubles as the backyard where the Rollin' Bayou is parked: 606 Clarkson St New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2016).
  40. ONCE UPON A TIME in Vancouver at Leeside Skate Park. Hollywood North (November 7, 2017).
    TwitterLogo @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter. "#OnceUponaTime spotted near PNE today, filming at skate park." (screenshot)
    FacebookIcon thecrowandI. (Canuck and I) November 9, 2017.  Retrieved on March 14, 2019. "Canuck showed up on the set of "Once Upon A Time" as it has been filming in the neighborhood for the past couple of days. Thanks goes out to the two people that sent these shots of Canuck on set. :-)" (archive copy)
  41. FacebookIcon BlackRookBakehouse. (Black Rook Bakehouse) November 17, 2017.  Retrieved on March 14, 2019. "We're back in business as usual! Keep an eye out for Black Rook Bakehouse in the new season (season 7) of 'Once Upon A Time'. Thank you all for you patience and see you in store." (archive copy)
  42. InstagramIcon mo_co_lee. (Lee J. Buckley) April 27, 2018.  Retrieved on March 14, 2019. "Final touches for hair and make up: Anyone? Lol." (archive copy)
  43. InstagramIcon roseareyn. (Rose Reynolds) November 6, 2017.  Retrieved on March 14, 2019. "Dreaming of breakfast burritos." (archive copy)

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