Seventh edition of Clearwater Beach Uncorked goes down a little early

In November, these beachfront beverages and bites return.

click to enlarge Right on the sand, Clearwater Beach Uncorked is hosted under a 30,000-square-foot tent. - Courtesy of Clearwater Beach Uncorked
Courtesy of Clearwater Beach Uncorked
Right on the sand, Clearwater Beach Uncorked is hosted under a 30,000-square-foot tent.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked took place in December last year. But this time around, in celebration of its seventh edition no doubt, the upscale food, wine and craft beer festival has changed the 2018 dates to Nov. 3 and 4.

For the uninitiated, Clearwater Beach Uncorked is one big showcase of the restaurants, chefs and breweries that make Tampa Bay a nifty place to live. The fest — held under a 30,000-square-foot tent adjacent to the Wyndham Grand hotel — also offers panoramic views of the gulf to attendees, who indulge in beverages and bites right on the sand.

“The Bay-area is quickly becoming a cutting-edge market for culinarians looking for a new dining and drinking adventure,” said event producer Tammy Gail in a statement.

And CL would argue that it already has.

Alongside the tastings, highlights of the two-day event include interactive experiences like cooking demonstrations and competitions between the participating chefs and restaurants.

Depending on whether festgoers go with general admission or VIP, tickets range in price from $75 to $100. Both options — which come with perks like a limited-edition wine glass (though VIP attendees also score access to speciality cocktails from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Wyndham pool deck, in case that sweetens the deal) — are available for purchase online.

A portion of the proceeds supports the University of South Florida’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership at the Sarasota-Manatee campus, helping develop academic programs, scholarships, research grants and campus infrastructure.

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