Weekend Platter: Festa Saturday, Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival and more

Festivals, festivals and more festivals throughout the food- and drink-filled weekend.

click to enlarge Weekend Platter: Festa Saturday, Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival and more
Angelina Bruno

Festivals, festivals and more festivals throughout the food- and drink-filled weekend.

The Palm Harbor Citrus Festival launched Thursday, but there's plenty of time to celebrate all things citrus from Friday to Sunday. Food vendors, craft beer, carnival rides and the Palm Harbor King and Queen Pageant are in store, plus local live music acts rock the downtown event's ninth year on Friday and Saturday. Free, money for food and rides. April 7, 4-10 p.m.; April 8, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; April 9, noon-5 p.m. 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor, 727-787-4700.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, the 20th anniversary of Festa Italiana weekend, whose festivities also kicked off yesterday, continues a varied lineup of all-ages events throughout Ybor City. Compete in the Italian Idol singing contest and homemade wine competition inside the Italian Club of Tampa for Festa Saturday, or play ball during the annual Bocce Ball Invitational at Centennial Park, where the historic district's weekly farmers' market (with everything from local produce and prepared foods to arts and crafts) also goes down. Free, money for goodies. Italian Club of Tampa: 1731 E. Sventh Ave., Tampa. Centennial Park: 1800 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa.

Enjoy craft coffee and art, too from around the bay at the family-friendly Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival. Local roasters like Buddy Brew Coffee, Foundation Coffee Co. and Birds of a Feather Coffee are represented during the Noise Box event's two rounds of tastings and info sessions  which take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday — alongside food trucks and vendors that include Mortar & Pestle, Le' Anns Cheesecakes 'N More and PaniniRiffic. On the art side, more than 20 artists showcase their works on display and for sale. Advanced tickets are up online. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 1310 John Moore Road, Brandon, 813-304-5568.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival attendees may very well find themselves saying: "What a spud!" The two-in-one fest, hosted from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, allows the crowd to sip dozens of domestic, imported and craft beers while noshing on variations of the worshiped tater tot. Tickets are available online. $37 for general admission, $75 for VIP. 900 E. Scott St., Tampa.

From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, sip vino with ballerinas at the Brandon Ballet's Wine Pairing. This afternoon of wine and complementary dishes takes place inside Hyde Park's Wine Exchange. Admission can be purchased online, or by phone. $75. 1609 W. Snow Ave., Tampa, 813-684-4282.

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