SAFETY HARBOR — This little town on the bay flaunts its culinary chops Monday as the Seventh Annual Taste of Safety Harbor gets cookin'.
Seventeen restaurants will set up at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and present a range of gastronomical goodies, such as signature soups and salads, fish tacos, crab cakes, barbecue beef, muffulettas, wings, sliders, fried plantains, cupcakes and ice cream. There will be a cash bar.
"We are very excited to have some of Safety Harbor chamber's returning favorites as well as a nice representation from some of our newer restaurants and pubs that have opened this past year," said event chairwoman Susan Petersen.
Establishments making their debut at the event include: Fitlife Foods, Fleur de Lis Cafe, Bar Fly Saltwater Grill, Copperheads Tap House, Beef 'O' Brady's, Nolan's Pub, Nantucket Bucket and Taverna Skara.
The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets, which cover entertainment and samplings, are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the sponsor, the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
MetalGypsy Productions will present belly dance performances, musicians from Countryside High will perform, and TESA, the Exhibiting Society of Artists, will display works of art.
The event also includes a silent auction. Up for bid will be an autographed Tony Dungy football and book, Ruth Eckerd Hall tickets, spa packages, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets and more.
"The variety of exceptional food and beverage samplings will provide something for everyone to enjoy," said Petersen. "This is great way for people to have fun in the post-holiday season."