The festival kicks off with an invite-only event called “An Evening at The Tampa Club” and continues the next day throughout Hyde Park, where folks can enjoy a variety of specialty pre-fixe dinners from restaurants like Meat Market, Forbici, Sur la Table and Timpano.
Perhaps the most exciting facet of the inaugural festival is its "Chef Throwdown" competition on Friday, April 14 where 14 of Tampa Bay’s best chefs battle it out in front of a live audience. Attendees can sample their dishes, cast votes and live their best “Chopped” fantasy.
Tickets to attend Friday's Chef Throwdown run for $150, but at least there’s an open bar for folks ages 21 and up—in addition to live music and interactive mixology experiences.
The very first Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival ends on a high note with its Grand Tasting event on April 15. This grand finale features craft cocktails, wine and unlimited samples from dozens of Tampa Bay’s hottest restaurants—although a full list of participating eateries has yet to be released.
Live music will take over Curtis Hixon Park's stage, while food and drink vendors are scattered throughout the scenic waterfront space.
According to the event’s website, the upcoming Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival is partnered with Community Initiatives Foundation’s EAT SMART campaign, a nonprofit that aims to “support the health and wellness of our youth in the festival destination.”
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