It really is true; Tampa Bay is the hub for fantastic foodie events!
This Sunday, April 13th, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce adds to the list with their annual Taste of South Tampa event promising to be bigger (double the size from last year), better and a continued South Tampa tradition going on its 9th year.
Located in Hyde Park Village, this family-friendly (and fido-friendly) event transforms the village into an amazing outdoor festival with an array of delicious food samples from various local restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries.
The all-inclusive ticket will run you $45 for general admission at the door ($30 for Military, Kids 10 & under and dogs are FREE) and includes: unlimited food and beverage samples, live entertainment, access to activities in the Kid and Pet Zones, giveaways from business exhibitors and don’t forget to cast your vote for the “Best of South Tampa” awards.
Insiders tip: Get early bird/discounted tickets online at www.TasteofSouthTampa.com until April 11th.
I had a minute to chat with the chamber’s president, Kelly Flannery (a local Tampa twitter super star @KellyAFlannery) and she said, “We are thrilled to have so many restaurants return again this year including last year’s winner, GrillSmith, as well as new additions like Anaar Bar & Grill, Kona Grill and Alessi Bakeries. For the first time this year, the event will also feature local breweries, wineries and distilleries. With over 40 food and beverage options at the event, there is truly something for everyone and the inclusive price gives attendees the opportunity to try a little bit of everything.”
What’s even cooler than trying over 40 food and beverage samples? This event gives back to our local Tampa Bay community! A portion of ticket sales will benefit Metropolitan Ministries and a special food drive will also be on location.  So, be sure to bring non-perishable food items and for every donation, guests will receive an entry in a special drawing for gift cards and prizes from participating restaurants.

Another one of my favorite things to do? Give away FREE tickets!!!!
Want to WIN (2) FREE tickets to the event?

It’s easy peasy y’all …. Just be sure to follow us on twitter @VisitTampaBay and tomorrow (Wednesday 4/9) at 3:00 p.m. EST we will post a trivia question.  Just reply back and tag @SouthTampaTaste using #STCOCTaste and we will randomly pick a winner! 
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We are also excited to announce that we will be partnering with the NEW WeVue iPhone app that is launching this week. WeVue lets us crowdsource or gather everyone at the festival’s pictures and videos, and then anyone can go in and create a Vue, or music video, of their time tasting South Tampa’s finest delicacies. The app is free to use and we can’t wait to see all the awesome content you post to it! Head over to www.WeVue.com and sign up by email to download!

Stay tuned for more foodie festivals, events and fun things to do in Tampa Bay!
Coming up…
Creative Loafing Spring Hops (Beer Festival), Ybor Square. Saturday, April 19
IIFA (International India Film Academy) Bollywood Awards, Tampa Bay. April 23-26
Big Guava Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. May 2-4
Tropical Heatwave, Ybor City. May 9-11
Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. May 24
Sunset Music Festival, Raymond James Stadium. May 24-25