On the Radar: Sweetwater Organic Farm's Pesto Festo and Sea Grapes Wine and Food Festival at the Florida Aquarium


[image-1]If you're in the mood to get dressed to the nines and be wined and dined by 20 premier Bay area restaurants, then the ninth annual Sea Grapes Fine Wine and Food Festival at the Florida Aquarium is the soirée for you. This undersea-themed gala will feature over 100 wines provided by Total Wine, an array of gourmet delights, live jazz, and aquatic entertainment (courtesy of the aquarium's resident comedic scuba divers). Proceeds from this fundraiser and silent auction will benefit the youth education programs, sea turtle rehabilitation, seahorse conservation and coral farm propagation at the aquarium. 8-11 p.m. Sat., May 1, The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $85/$150 VIP, flaquarium.org.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendars for. This weekend, take your pick from two very different fundraising food festivals — one by land and one by sea.

Let loose and enjoy a night under the stars, not to mention the farm-fresh, organic food, beer and wine, at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm's 18th annual Pesto Festo. This farm fundraiser celebrates the end of the growing season and its devoted patrons. Enjoy a dinner of organically-grown pesto pasta, live auction, raffle prizes, and dance the night away to the sounds of the Urban Gypsies. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the farm or at both Bay area Rollin' Oats locations. 6 p.m. Sat., May 1, Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, $15 in advance/$20 door/free for children 12 and younger (tickets can be purchased at the Farm or Rollin' Oats), sweetwater-organic.org. 

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