Five Festivals for Foodies in Tampa Bay

Tampa is known for Cuban sandwiches and devil crab, but Tampa Bay’s food scene includes festivals celebrating cuisine from around the world.

As the spring and summer months arrive, foodies will devour everything from burgers to blueberries across Tampa Bay at these annual festivals.

21st Annual Festa Italiana 2018: Italian Food & Culture Festival


This weekend, April 7 and April 8, attendees of Ybor City’s Centennial Park will celebrate Italian food, culture and heritage in the Fest Italiana 2018. Three tickets are available ranging in price from $10 to $75 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Italian Club Restoration Fund. In addition to food, Fest Italiana will feature live entertainment, Bocce and cooking demonstrations. If you go, use #ItalyInTampa on social media to share your images.

11th Annual Keel & Curley Blueberry Festival

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The 11th Annual Blueberry Festival is at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City on April 14 and April 15, as well as April 21 and April 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and will include live entertainment, vendors, as well as the opportunity to purchase Keel & Curley’s Blueberry Wines for $10. The opportunity to self-pick blueberries will be available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the festival.

Safety Harbor Beer and Burger Throw Down

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Safety Harbor, located in Pinellas County, hosts an event dedicated to this tasty duo. With free beer samples and 30 of the best burgers in the area, attendees can enjoy live entertainment at Safety Harbor Marina. The event is April 14 with $5 admission and free parking.

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest 2018


May 4, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60 Park becomes a foodie’s dream. With tasting from over 30 restaurants, craft beer and wine, the Beach Taste will have something for every. After sunset, fireworks will commence and throughout the evening, raffles and live auctions will be giving away prizes. Adult tickets are $35.

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 2018

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Sip more than 50 margarita flavors, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018. The festival will be held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and will feature live bands, pop-up food concepts and feature fireworks. Additionally, the Grand Tequila Tasting will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on May 27 and will include brands such as Don Ramon to Patron.