What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Southeast Food Fest, Free Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs

Plus, free cups of coffee on the Craftsman House and unlimited samples at Brews and Wine on the Bayou.
Published May 8

COME HUNGRY: Southeast Food Fest

More than 100 specialty food artisans and other makers drive the two-day Southeast Food Fest marketplace, which also features farmers, craft breweries and wineries. Don’t miss the chef demonstrations, workshops or mobile kitchens, either. $5.50-$7.50, free for 12 and younger (food and drink additional). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (904) 794-0084. southeastfoodfest.com/tampa.

NAME GAME: Florida Eats, Bearss Tavern and Tap

Florida Avenue Eats has become Florida Eats. The change comes after a short-lived legal battle between Florida Eats and its Seminole Heights neighbor, Brew Bus Brewing, which said the recently opened fast-casual restaurant infringed on its Florida Avenue Brewing Co. copyright. Florida Eats continues to specialize in speedy bowls and wraps. 6605 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 232-8000.

Florida Eats isn’t the only restaurant in town with a new name. Prost Kitchen and Bar is now Bearss Tavern and Tap. A trademark matter caused the switch, according to the dining spot’s former website. Offering a redesigned dinner menu, Bearss Tavern and Tap identifies as a laid-back Southern restaurant. 2802 E Bearss Ave., Tampa. (813) 466-5249. bearsstavern.com.

DRINK TO THAT: Brews and Wine on the Bayou

Brews and Wine on the Bayou spotlights an array of unlimited wine and beer samples, alongside live music by the Bearded Brothers and a raffle. Benefits Justin Haystrand Memorial Scholarship. Free, $35 and up for tasting. 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Gill Dawg, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. (727) 842-1070. gilldawg.com.

COOL BEANS: Fair Trade Celebration

Score an organic, fair-trade coffee on the Craftsman House while observing World Fair Trade Day during the Fair Trade Celebration. One-pound bags of java are available at a discount as well. Free. 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday. 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787. craftsmanhousegallery.com.

PROST! Best Florida Beer’s new scholarship

Late last month, the nonprofit Best Florida Beer organization took to Facebook to announce its Greg Rapp Memorial Scholarship. The new scholarship, which will go to a student in the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Brewing Arts program each year, pays homage to Tampa Bay beer scene pioneer Greg Rapp, who died in March after a nearly three-year battle with prostate cancer. The Rapp family is part of a committee slated to choose the recipient. Details on dates and how to apply are forthcoming. bestfloridabeer.org.

GET THE SCOOP: Free Cone Day

Check out Free Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs shops in Tampa. Best part? You don’t have to buy an additional item to land one complimentary scoop of ice cream in a sugar cone, cup or wafer cone. 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. haagendazs.us.

SLICE, SLICE BABY: Nationwide Fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen supports March of Dimes with a nationwide fundraiser on Thursday, when its popular heart-shaped pies return for a limited time (because, Mother’s Day). Locally, the casual chain’s International Plaza restaurant has promised to donate 20 percent of every food and nonalcoholic drink purchase to March of Dimes when you mention that you’re helping the cause with your appetite. Valid on dine-in, takeout, curbside, catering and delivery orders placed through California Pizza Kitchen. 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 353-8155. cpk.com.

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