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Tampa Bay Food Trucks Rally look to bring monthly event to Perry Harvey Sr. Park

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally CEO Michael Blasco said his company has long sought to stage a downtown event, but could never find a venue that wouldn't involve constant conflicts and great expense.

That is until a chance meeting with Tampa Parks and Recreation officials turned his attention to Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Now Blasco will lead an effort to stage the monthly Brewers, Beats and Bites, or B3, beginning Wednesday (Sept. 13).

Believes he's found the perfect spot at the park just northeast of downtown.

"We went down to see the park and we were really impressed," Blasco said of Perry Harvey, which underwent a $6.95-million renovation in 2016. "The history and the vibe is perfect for bringing a unique event to a new venue in downtown."

The event, which will take place on the second Wednesday of each month, will feature craft beer from local breweries, live music and food for purchase by locally owned food trucks. The event is kid and pet friendly, provided pets are friendly and leashed.

Tampa Bay Beer Week will lead the local brew effort with Cigar City Brewing stepping in for the inaugural event. The Gasparilla Music Festival will head up the music effort with Tribal Style providing entertainment.

Tampa Bay Food Trucks will provide a cadre of food vendors including Melt Machine Food Truck, Empamamas, Bacon Boss Food Truck, Dude and His Food, Revolution Ice Cream Co., Just Smokin BBQ, Nico's Arepas Grill, Smokin Bowls, Soul Food Street Kitchen and Lolis Food Truck.

Blasco said the collaborative effort was pivotal.

Local beer and music were two key elements we wanted to incorporate and these two entities are the best of the best in music and beer," Blasco said. "Both are partnering with us to pull our temporary wet zones and are responsible for selling our local craft brews."

As for the park, it reopened in 2016 after a $6.95 million renovation. At the park's south end, 16-foot statues reflecting the musical history of the area -- once known as a cultural center for African-Americans with lively restaurants and night clubs -- greets visitors. There's also a sidewalk that serves as a timeline, as well as murals and art installations.

"We really want people to discover what an amazing park and part of downtown that Perry Harvey Sr. Park is," Blasco said. "When you currently ask what someone thinks of the park they say, 'Where is that?' The neighborhood seems to be making a come back as a district where arts and culture can thrive and we're excited about that."

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TAMPA — Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally CEO Michael Blasco said his company has long sought to stage a downtown event, but could never find a venue that wouldn't involve constant conflicts and great expense.

That is until a chance meeting with Tampa Parks and Recreation officials turned his attention to Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Now Blasco will lead an effort to stage the monthly Brewers, Beats and Bites, or B3, beginning Wednesday (Sept. 13).

"We went down to see the park and we were really impressed," Blasco said of Perry Harvey, which underwent a $6.95-million renovation in 2016. "The history and the vibe is perfect for bringing a unique event to a new venue in downtown."

The event, which will take place on the second Wednesday of each month, will feature craft beer from local breweries, live music and food for purchase by locally owned food trucks. The event is kid and pet friendly, provided pets are friendly and leashed.

Tampa Bay Beer Week will lead the local brew effort with Cigar City Brewing stepping in for the inaugural event. The Gasparilla Music Festival will head up the music effort with Tribal Style providing entertainment.

Tampa Bay Food Trucks will provide a cadre of food vendors including Melt Machine Food Truck, Empamamas, Bacon Boss Food Truck, Dude and His Food, Revolution Ice Cream Co., Just Smokin BBQ, Nico's Arepas Grill, Smokin Bowls, Soul Food Street Kitchen and Lolis Food Truck.

Blasco said the collaborative effort was pivotal.

Local beer and music were two key elements we wanted to incorporate and these two entities are the best of the best in music and beer," Blasco said. "Both are partnering with us to pull our temporary wet zones and are responsible for selling our local craft brews."

As for the park, it reopened in 2016 after a $6.95 million renovation. At the park's south end, 16-foot statues reflecting the musical history of the area — once known as a cultural center for African-Americans with lively restaurants and night clubs — greets visitors. There's also a sidewalk that serves as a timeline, as well as murals and art installations.

"We really want people to discover what an amazing park and part of downtown that Perry Harvey Sr. Park is," Blasco said. "When you currently ask what someone thinks of the park they say, 'Where is that?' The neighborhood seems to be making a come back as a district where arts and culture can thrive and we're excited about that."

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/ya4wtww4.

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