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What's happening in Tampa Bay food: SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival, rose tastings, Sweet Corn Festival

On Saturday at the SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival, you can sample 100-plus kinds of wine at Tampa’s Florida Aquarium, alongside eats from local restaurants. [The Florida Aquarium]
On Saturday at the SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival, you can sample 100-plus kinds of wine at Tampa’s Florida Aquarium, alongside eats from local restaurants. [The Florida Aquarium]
Published May 16, 2019

HUSK A MOVE: Sweet Corn Festival

Feasting on roasted corn on the cob is a must. But the Sweet Corn Festival also fills you up with Southern-style barbecue ribs and chicken, pulled pork and ice cream. Arts and craft vendors and music round out this relaxed, pet-friendly gathering. Free, food and drink for sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Craig Park, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. (727) 510-3501.

THIRSTY? Rose all day

American Spirits has canceled Saturday's Rose Soiree and BBQ, but the downtown liquor shop still plans to pop some bottles of pink wine during its Mini Rose Soiree. Just without the smoked specialties. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday. 280 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-8700.

Get behind the Rose Revolution at Vintage Wine Cellars, where 10 types of rose are in the spotlight. $15. 4 p.m. Saturday. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813) 879-2931.

PERFECT PAIR: SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival

The annual, signature fundraiser that is SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival features 100-plus kinds of wine, alongside eats from local restaurants and live entertainment. Benefits endangered species conservation and other programs. $125, $275 VIP. 8-11 p.m. Saturday. The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000.

TASTING WITH A TWIST: A Feast for the Senses

Red and white varietals and a sparkling wine drive A Feast for the Senses. During the tasting with a twist, which takes inspiration from "A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection," Drom Fragrances senior perfumer Jim Krivda's custom-designed fragrances are paired with the vino list curated by noted wine and fragrance experts Mary John Baumann and Ruth Sutcliffe. $50, $45 members. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667.

ALE YOU NEED: Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest

Down more than 100 specialty beers from 35 area breweries throughout the fifth annual Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest. An array of mobile kitchens, vendors and live tunes abound, too. Dogs and kids are welcome. $20-$35. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Woodmont Park, 415 Woodmont Ave., Temple Terrace. (813) 769-7536.

DIG IN: Taste of Trinity

Local restaurants and bakeries supply the food samples at Taste of Trinity, observing its 10th anniversary. So enjoy the grub, plus student and community performances, a business expo, games, craft booths and raffles. Benefits Seven Springs Middle School. $5, $15 family four-pack. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 2441 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 934-0940 or (727) 481-5315.

GOOD MOURNING: End of Parade Season

Stroll down Seventh Avenue with the Krewe of Alegria during this New Orleans-style funeral procession that ends at Zydeco Brew Werks. Deals on dishes and drinks, costume contests, a eulogy, face painting, a psychic guest and 50/50 raffles are among the End of Parade Season Mourning Celebration festivities. Krewe affiliation isn't required. $20. 6 p.m. Saturday. Big Easy, 1704 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-3444.

CHEERS: Whiskey and War Stories

Whiskey and War Stories brings a two-hour discussion and Q&A with master distiller Tyler Gardener of St. Petersburg-based American Freedom Distillery to the Motorworks Brewing taproom. Catch a screening of 12 Strong, the 2018 film based on the legendary Green Beret soldiers, a number of which include American Freedom employees, who battled the Taliban on horseback in Afghanistan. And try cocktails mixed with the distillery's tribute to those famed fighters, Horse Soldier Bourbon. Bottles of Horse Soldier signed by Gardener are also available for purchase. 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. 1014 Ninth St. W, Bradenton. (941) 567-6218.


  1. Lamb and lentil ragu [LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI  |  Special to the Times]
  2. Mojo pork with yellow rice, black beans and fried plantains is on the menu at Luv Child. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  3. Paella and other seafood offerings will be offered at the SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival this weekend in Hudson. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  4. The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival will return to Tampa on Feb. 29, running weekends through April 26. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
  5. EggFest competitors will cook on demo Big Green Egg grills at Tabellas at Delaney Creek in Tampa on Feb. 29. [Tampa Bay Times (2016)]
  6. Downtown St. Petersburg's Watergarden Inn at the Bay houses a new popup restaurant called the Kitchen at Watergarden. [Courtesy of the Kitchen at Watergarden]
  7. Watermelon salad with feta and mint [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  8. An illustration of a casserole. [Illustration by Lisa Merklin   |   Times]
  9. Chef Joe Isidori will lead JoToro, which is opening soon at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa. [Courtesy of JoToro]
  10. Tampa's El Toro Loco features more than a dozen tacos, including crispy fried fish, center. [MEAGHAN HABUDA  |  Times]
  11. Gulfport's North End Taphouse pours a Tampa Bay-focused lineup of craft beers, ciders and hard seltzers. [MEAGHAN HABUDA | Times] [MEAGHAN HABUDA  |  Times]
  12. New in Clearwater, the Healthy Hive specializes in energizing teas and protein smoothies. [Courtesy of the Healthy Hive]