Clearwater Beach Uncorked

While the rest of the country is stuck in the snow, Clearwater is about to get live on the sand.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked, a Food and Wine Adventure is coming!

For two days (February 8th and 9th from 1-5pm) Clearwater Beach is going to be turned into a wine-enthusiast and foodie paradise. The 3rd annual event will feature a Grand Tasting Village with unlimited sampling of world-class food, wine, and mircobrews, along with a Spirit Beach Club serving top shelf spirits, liqueurs, and novelty cocktails.

Acclaimed chefs, winemakers, spirit producers, brew masters, and culinary experts will also be on the beach discussing dishes and drinks.

It’s a can’t miss beach event sponsored by Bright House, the City of Clearwater, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, and Publix Super Markets.

Ticket Information

  • One Day Grand Tasting for ONE – $85
  • Two Day Grand Tasting for ONE – $130
  • Two Day Grand Tasting for TWO – $250

Tickets include access to the the Grand Tasting Village, Spirit Beach Club, and the Uncorked Beach Club — located in a secluded area of the Hyatt overlooking the Gulf.

If you opt to go for the Two Day Grand Tasting, you can make a weekend out of it. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is offering a an exclusive pre-Valentine’s Day VIP rate exclusively for guests of Clearwater Beach Uncorked. VIP room rates are limited so book early.

A percentage of ticket sales from the event will benefit the University of South Florida School of Hospitality and Technology.

Get Social with Clearwater Beach Uncorked

Clearwater Beach Uncorked is going to be all over the social sphere so if you make it, be sure to share your experience. And if you can’t make it, feel free to follow along (if you can handle seeing so much foodie fanfare.)

Jim Bean Bourbon & Brew Fest

The festivals just keep coming in Tampa. But between the music and the booze festivals there hasn’t been an event quite like this weekend’s Bourbon and Brew Fest.

The event will bring together country lovers and Bourbon connoisseurs for a full day of boot-stomping bands and smooth, strong drink.

General Admission ($20-25) grants access to the Bourbon & Brew Festival with all day re-entry privileges. The day includes performances by Billboard chart-toppers, the LoCash Cowboys and opening acts the Southern Train Band, The MOJO Gurus, and Grant, and ends with a fireworks display overlooking the river and Downtown Tampa skyline.

Inside the event, all Bourbon Drinks and Specialty Craft Beers will start at $5 and there will be entertainment including a mechanical bull and cornhole. Some of the brands that will be serving at the event include:

  • Jim Beam (featuring The Original, Jim Beam Honey, Jim Beam Maple)
  • Red Stag Black Cherry
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Knob Creek
  • Basil Hayden
  • Booker’s
  • Angel’s Envy
  • Wild Turkey
  • George Dickel
  • Laphroaig
  • Sweetwater
  • Southern Tier
  • Woodchuck
  • Widmer Brothers

In order to sample the 40 different brands at Bourbon and Brew Fest, you will need a Knob Creek Grand Bourbon Tasting Ticket ($85-100) which grants admission and unlimited all day sampling.

It’s going to be a classic, country rocking kind of day.

Full Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 23
  • Time: 3pm-11pm, LoCash at 9:30pm
  • Location: The Heights Waterfront, 1920 N. Ola Ave., Tampa 33602
  • Additional Event Info

Tampa Restaurant Week Returns

The change in the Tampa cuisine scene has been drastic in the past couple of years. Once a city of strip plazas, cheap chains, and formula franchises, Tampa never really felt like a foodie city. But that was then.

This is now.

Tampa’s food scene has caught up with culinary feats usually only found in bigger cities. We now boast a long list of restaurants where people go not just to cancel out their hunger, but instead to have an experience full of fresh flavors and creative culinary concoctions.

And during the week of August 16 through 30, you can experience it for yourself with Dine Tampa Bay – the official restaurant week of the Bay area.

Visit Tampa Bay, Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association have teamed up with a huge list of area restaurants to give residents and tourists alike a taste of what makes the Bay great.

Order Up

During Restaurant Week, each participating restaurant will offer a special Prix Fixe menu for $25, $35, or $45. The menu will include options for a three course meal. Menus for participating restaurants will soon be available on Dine Tampa Bay’s official website.

Dozens of restaurants located in Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater are participating. But don’t get overwhelmed by choices. Dine Tampa Bay offers a restaurant search feature sorted by cuisine and location to match you with the perfect craving buster.

But if searching for a restaurant still feels like too much work, here are our picks for a few Prix Fixe you can’t miss.

Datz - The restaurant that paved the way for the booming food scene, Datz is our top pick from the Restaurant Week list. Datz does it all. With dishes from traditional, home-style meals like meatloaf to crazy crafty concoctions like Frito pie grilled cheese, we can’t wait to see what Datz delivers. And if you are in the mood for something savory and sweet, Datz Dough is on the list too.

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar – It doesn’t matter which of the three locations you choose from (in Tampa, Carrollwood, or Clearwater), Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar is another can’t miss. The chefs behind Carmel Cafe always have something new and exciting to share with specialty seasonal selections so it’s safe to say their dish options for Restaurant Week will feature the same savory surprises.

Mise En Place – This restaurant must be at the top of everyone’s “I’ve been wanting to try that place” list. So take this opportunity to try out a Tampa classic that doesn’t get nearly enough love from the younger city crowd.

What restaurant on the list can’t you resist?

Twilight Farmer’s Market and Music Event In Ybor City

Farmer’s markets are only for the morning.

The Roosevelt 2.0 and The Urban Coalition of Tampa Bay, a grassroots Non-Profit Organization are bringing markets to the evening for Twilight Market.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 and continuing on every Tuesday after that, Twilight Market will bring vendors, musicians and artisans together for a family friendly community event.

The Roosevelt 2.0 (1812 N. 15th Street, Ybor City) will host the event that starts at 5pm with live music from 6-10pm.

Over 20 vendors will be selling items from produce and baked goods to plants and arts and crafts.

Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally at Sail Pavilion

Finally a really good excuse to go enjoy the downtown, waterfront bar the Sail Pavilion.

Starting Friday, January 11, 2013, the Sail Pavilion will host a monthly Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally. Local food trucks and live entertainment will complement the awesome atmosphere and beer garden of this RiverWalk bar.

This will be an ongoing event taking place every second Friday of the month through 2013. Event hours are 6-10 pm.

Want to know more about the Sail Pavilion?

Saturday Yoga in Ybor

Yoga Loft Tampa and the Ybor City Museum invite residents to join them for a Saturday session of yoga in the museum’s beautiful garden.

Starting at 9:30 am every Saturday, one of Yoga Loft’s certified instructors will lead a beginner-friendly outdoor yoga session.

The class will last for 1 hour, ending at approximately 10:30AM before things get too hot! Don’t worry, most of the garden is comfortably shaded. Class will end at the perfect time for everyone to walk across the street to Ybor’s Centennial Park to enjoy the Saturday market.

Please offer donations to benefit the Ybor City Museum Society 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

A selection of complimentary mats will be provided, but attendees are strongly encouraged to bring your own yoga mat.

Shuttle to First Friday

Love First Friday in Downtown St. Pete but don’t like the drive home after.

Now you can stop worrying about drinking and driving during your night out. The St. Pete First Friday shuttle is providing rides to and from Downtown St. Pete.

The round trip from the corner of W. Azeele and S. Howard to Jannus Live is just $20 a person and offers three pick up and drop off times.

Pick up from Tampa: 6pm|7:30pm|9:30 pm

Pick up from St. Pete: 10:30pm|12:30pm |2am

If you don’t know, First Friday is St. Pete’s monthly street festival including live music and vendors surrounding the area’s most well known bars, art galleris, shops and restaurants. It’s a good itme to go explore our sister city.

And now you don’t even have to drive.

Tickets are available at Passport Travel’s Website.

Hyde Park Village Live Music Series

Join Hyde Park Village for a monthly live music series that serves as a different fundraiser each week.

The free concerts take place at the Fountain, May through October, on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 10 PM.

Beer and wine are available at all events and proceeds from beverage sales benefit a different charity each month.

June 27- Roctopus benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation

July 25- Category Three benefiting The Spring of Tampa Bay

Aug. 22- Ben Bryan Band benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sept. 26- 10th Concession benefiting Gasparilla International Film Festival

Oct. 31-Phase 5 benefiting The Tampa Bay Humane Society

Admission and parking are free and friendly dogs on leashes are always welcome.

For more information on Roctopus or Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Art After Dark at The Dubliner

Spend your Sundays with craft beer and art at The Dubliner as the Irish Bar hosts Art After Dark.

Featuring an art show and live music and art demonstrations – often including live body painting – the event is free and runs from 6pm – 10pm every Sunday night.

So go drink good beer and show support for the Tampa local arts community.

Flicks and Food Trucks

Food trucks are officially taking of Tampa!

And now Tampa Bay Marketsa nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to support a locally-based food system -is bringing Flicks and Food Trucks to the Channel District.

Every Third Thursday of the month there will be food trucks, films, craft beers, and live music. Good food, beer, music and movies — doesn’t get much better than this.

The event will be held at The Grand Central at Kennedy right near The Pour House (so yes, I guess it did just get a little better).

Featured Food Trucks: Expect to find 10-15 gourmet food trucks offering everything from Burgers to Vegetarian Bites, there will be something for everyone! Also – this month will be featuring Cigar City Brews available on draft at the Pour House!

Flicks: Featuring independent short films (10-15 minutes each) provided by film partners – The Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network (TBAE) & The Independents’ Film Festival (IFF).

The event is 21+, so bring your IDs and bring cash for beer and food. Some trucks take credit cards, but not all trucks do.

Please plan to expect waiting in line for your orders. While the food is worth the wait, it does not come fast because it’s not “fast food”. These are full blown restaurants on wheels and food is made to order.

Consider it similar to tailgating: Most people stand and eat at Food Truck events. If you are one who likes to sit and eat, then stake out a spot on a curb or bring a chair!

Be sure to bring cash for your purchases! Vendors appreciate small bills v.s 10’s & 20’s. Some trucks do take Credit Cards, but many do not. There is an ATM on site through the courtyard area.

Parking Garage located at Grand Central at Kennedy (900 spaces / Free for 2 Hours) entrance to Parking Garage off of Kennedy Blvd.