The Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival returns to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

With a boatload of food vendors.

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The Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival is back on Sat., May 23 at downtown Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

From noon-11 p.m., food vendors slinging mostly tacos will lace the park, which is also set to host a 2,400-square-foot taco restaurant. Other eats include Astro Craft Ice Cream, Big Red BBQ, Miss Vi's Cook Up, Daily Dose sliders, PDQ, Farmer's Corn, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Zukku, Melt & Co. grilled cheese joint, Rum Fish Grill and Street Surfer, which is offering bowls, wraps and sandwiches. 

Just a heads up, this isn't a family-friendly event, attendees must be 21 and up. Looks like Memorial Day weekend is going to get a little tipsier with dozens of margaritas to sip and live music. 

General admission is $18, which is the bare minimum, simply gets ticketholders in and out entry privileges. General admission with a reserved table for 4 ($60) or a pavilion for 10 ($100) is also available alongside VIP packages, which range from $100-$120 and include access to a VIP area, dedicated bars, food options and air-conditioned restroom trailers, among other exclusive bonuses. One extreme package is the Ultimate VIP daybed for two coming in at $525 with all VIP privileges along with a reserved daybewhich may be necessary after all of that booze and bites.

Although the music lineup has yet to be announced, past headliners have included Nelly, The Wallflowers, Plain White T's and Barenaked Ladies. If the talent is anything like the food vendors, we're in for something big.  

More details to come as the music acts are announced and the event date approaches. You can snag tickets at

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