Monday, June 18, 2018
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Ticket sales pushed back for E.A.T. St. Pete food and wine festival

Tickets sales for E.A.T. St. Pete, a November three-day food, wine and arts festival, have been pushed back to July from the originally announced date of June 24.

They will be available for the general public in the middle of July at eatstpetefestival.com.

The event, to be held Nov. 15-17 at various venues in St. Petersburg, was formally announced at a press conference in May. Sponsors HSN, Bill Edwards Presents and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater have joined forces for the festival which will include wine tastings, seminars, dinners and appearances from celebrity chefs, including baker and former Food Network show host Duff Goldman, and restaurateurs Donatella Arpaia and Scott Conant. She is a regular Iron Chef judge and Conant is a judge on Chopped.

Details haven't been released on the events, but it's likely many will take place at venues on the downtown waterfront, stretching from the Dali Museum to the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. There will be a grand tasting on the afternoon of Nov. 16 under tents in the green space between the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater, and another event on the evening of Nov. 15 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. HSN, based in St. Petersburg, will hold a kick-off reception on Nov. 15 at its Ulmerton Road facility.

HSN will broadcast some of the events live over the weekend to its considerable 24-hour shopping audience. A $250,000 grant from BP to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will be used to market the event. There are still some doubts about the safety of Gulf of Mexico seafood after the 2011 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some of the chefs cooking for the event will use local seafood.

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