Seminole Heights brewery Common Dialect hosts Tampa Bay Empanada Festival next weekend

It's both free to attend and family-friendly.

click to enlarge Seminole Heights brewery Common Dialect hosts Tampa Bay Empanada Festival next weekend
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From tacos to BBQ to french fries—Tampa Bay seems to have a foodie fest for just about any dish, and empanadas deserve their day, too.

The Tampa Bay Empanada Festival takes place on Saturday, April 8 from noon-7 p.m. in the overflow parking lot of newly-opened Seminole Heights brewery Common Dialect.

Located at 5023 N Florida Ave., Common Dialect will host next weekend’s free-to-attend foodie event, stacked with local empanada vendors and family-friendly fun. A few of the event’s food vendors include Stuft Gourmet Foods—that sells a prized Korean bulgogi chicken-stuffed empanada—The Empanada King, Sous LLC and Top Nada, alongside many more.

Flavors of empanadas will range from traditional beef and chicken to more unique offerings, like Sous’ apple pie-stuffed empanadas and Top Nada’s bacon mac and cheese-filled dough pockets.

Common Dialect co-owner Kendra Conze tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that next weekend’s festival will also feature a DJ to help keep the party going, non-food vendors and a “Best Empanada” competition.

She says parking for next weekend’s event will be available along Seminole Heights' Wilder Avenue.

Tampa Bay-based events company Brewed Life organized the Tampa Bay Empanada Festival, in addition to hosting annual events like St. Pete’s Taco & Tequila Festival and the Bacon & BBQ Festival.

While next weekend’s empanada-themed party is a one-time gig, Common Dialect hosts a variety of  events throughout the week, including an industry night on Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays and different food pop-ups throughout the month.

To check out Common Dialect’s entire calendar, head to its Facebook or Instagram at @commondialectbeerworks.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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