Nominations for the 2023 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay awards are open until the end of June

The annual awards ceremony returns to Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this fall.

click to enlarge Local artist Cam Parker poses with his 2022 BOTB award for "Best personality to follow on Instagram." - Caesar Carbajal
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Local artist Cam Parker poses with his 2022 BOTB award for "Best personality to follow on Instagram."
The best way to shout out your favorite restaurants, small businesses and local leaders  is officially back.

For the 33rd year in a row, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay asks the community to nominate their favorite movers and shakers for our annual Best of the Bay awards—and 2023’s nominations are open from now until the end of the month.

Whether it’s your favorite barista, Italian restaurant, car mechanic or public park, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay offers various categories—including arts, beauty and wellness, drink, entertainment, food, goods, people, places and services—to make sure we don’t miss any of the folks that help Tampa Bay thrive.

Nominations can be made via from now until Friday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. 

One nomination per category is allowed, and only the top 10 nominees in each category will move on to BOTB's voting stage.

 More information about nominations and voting  can be found on
While nominations close at the end of this month, folks can start voting on Best of the Bay’s various categories throughout August, in preparation for September’s massive awards ceremony and party.

The 2023 Best of the Bay celebration and awards ceremony—the longest-running "best of" in the Bay area—returns to the Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, Sept. 27, where nominees, winners and other guests will get a first look at Creative Loafing’s annual Best of the Bay-themed issue.

For the latest information on 2023’s Best of the Bay awards, head to Creative Loafing’s Facebook page or Instagram at @cltampabay.

To check out last year's winners, head to

About The Author

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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