Tickets on sale Monday for three-day food and wine fest in St. Petersburg

Tickets will go on sale Monday afternoon for the newly renamed three-day food, wine and arts festival that promises to deliver some big names in the culinary world to venues mostly on St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront.

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E.A.T. St. Pete has now become Enjoy Arts & Tastes: St. Petersburg & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts because of a trademark issue. It's a bigger mouthful for sure but one organizers hope will be appetizing enough for food lovers to plop down upwards of $200 for tickets for the Nov. 15-17 event.

The priciest event on the schedule is "Sip, Savor and Swing" from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 hosted by South Florida chef Ingrid Hoffmann of the Food Network. The $225 ticket will include wine, food and Latin-inspired music in the Palm Court Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Coming in a close second is the $200 ticket for a "Sense Immersion" dinner hosted by chef and restaurateur Todd English and St. Petersburg glass artist Duncan McClellan from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

The festival is being cosponsored by HSN, Bill Edwards Presents and Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, which received a $250,000 grant from BP to help publicize the event. Gulf of Mexico seafood will be featured throughout the festival as a way to help quell fears about the safety of local seafood after the 2011 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Donatella Arpaia, a New York restaurateur and regular Iron Chef judge, will host a poolside burger party called "Battle of the 'Burg" 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Club at Treasure Island ($75) and cake-master Duff Goldman will host a late-night event starting at 10 p.m. Nov. 15 with lots of chocolate at the Dali Museum ($85).

Tickets go on sale beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday at enjoyartsandtastes.com. Updated schedules will be posted there, too.

Janet K. Keeler can be reached at jkeeler@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8586.

Tickets on sale Monday for three-day food and wine fest in St. Petersburg 07/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 9:01pm]

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