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

California Pizza Kitchen’s International Plaza restaurant in Tampa has promised to donate 20 percent of every food and nonalcoholic drink purchase to March of Dimes on Thursday. [Times 2001]
California Pizza Kitchen’s International Plaza restaurant in Tampa has promised to donate 20 percent of every food and nonalcoholic drink purchase to March of Dimes on Thursday. [Times 2001]
Published May 8, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


  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]