Tampa Bay Rowdies presents Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Awards Party 2016

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What are YOUR favorite local people, places, artists, retailers, events, scandals, and more? 

YOU nominated. YOU voted. Now, let's party! Join us to celebrate the Tampa Bay area's best at the Best of the Bay Awards Party presented by Tampa Bay Rowdies with an awards ceremony and food and drink samples from the best restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area!

Get your hands on a copy of CL's annual Best of the Bay issue a night early; sample your way around more than 25 food and drink stations; rub elbows with the locals who have made the Tampa Bay area an amazing place to live, work, and play; and much more!

Tampa Bay Rowdies present 
Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Awards Party 2016
Wed., Sept. 28th | 6 to 9 p.m.
The Mahaffey Theater
400 1st St. S. in St. Pete

Acropolis Greek Taverna
Greek Souvlaki Burgers, Hummus, & Greek Salad

Anise Global Gastrobar
Boozy Brownies

Backfin Blue Cafe
Puree of Roast Corn & Crab Chowder

Besito Mexican Restaurant
Freshmade Guacamole & Chips

Big Storm Brewing Co.
CL's Exclusive Best of the Bay Beer, Loafin Brau

BRGR Kitchen + Bar
Mini Bison Sliders

Casa Tina
Vegetarian Mole Poblano

Chef Inspired Popcorn
A variety of gourmet popcorn

Margarita Wars Winning Margarita, "Kelly Kapowski"

District Tavern
Mac 'n Cheese

Good Vibes Juice Co.
A variety of organic, cold pressed juice

Isabelle's Restaurant
Peninsula Pork Belly Bites

Jerk Hut
Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, Jerk Pork, & Plantains

Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company
Hot Coffee, Iced Coffee, & Tea Sachets

Kahwa Coffee
A variety of coffee

Mangia Gourmet
Spicy Tuna Jicama Taco

Marchand's Bar & Grill
Lamb Cassoulet

Mini Doughnut Factory
A variety of mini doughnuts

New Belgium Brewing Company
A variety of New Belgium brews

Pipo's Cafe
Chicken Paella

Stella's Gravalax & Bagel Chip

The Living Room on Main
Pineapple Mojo Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetable Hash & Pickled Red Onions

The Mill (VIP only)
Watermelon Bruschetta, Sweat Pea Hummus, & Blue Crab Croquettes



General Admission
$25 Adv. (Aug. 17th - Sept. 27th) | $30 Door (Sept. 28th)
Includes unlimited food & drink sampling from more than 25 of the Tampa Bay area's best, entry into the Best Of Ceremony, & more!

$100 (Aug. 17th - Sept. 27th) | $120 Door (Sept. 28th)

Includes unlimited food & drink sampling, a private VIP area where you can mix and mingle with some of Tampa Bay's key players, 
two drinks, passed hors d'oeuvres (Watermelon Bruschetta, Sweet Pea Hummus, & Blue Crab Croquettes) by Chef Ted Dorsey (2015's BOTB Best Chef winner) and The Mill, dessert by Mini Doughnut Factory, a commemorative VIP bag, reserved seating for the Best Of Awards Ceremony, & more! VIP area pictured below.

Need a ride to or from Best of the Bay 2016? We've teamed up with Lyft to help! First-time Lyft users, get your first ride free up to $20 by downloading the app, creating an account, and entering the code CLTAMPA in the 'Payment' section at checkout.

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends here!



Check out last year's event video below!
Thank you to Tampa Bay video studio, Roundhouse Creative, for capturing all the fun!

18+ only. Programming subject to change. 
Event takes place rain or shine. No refunds are available.
Interested in sponsoring or participating in Best of the Bay? 
Please contact Alexis Chamberlain at [email protected] or (813) 739-4879.
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