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This weekend's food festivals: Celebrate wine, craft soda, shrimp and crawfish

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Published Apr. 4, 2018


Raise a glass or two to welcome spring as the Dalí hosts its seventh annual signature wine and food tasting, Los Vinos de Dalí, on Sunday from 3-7 p.m. Both Old World and New World wines are paired with tapas tastings from area restaurants as well as live music. This year's event takes place on the plaza between the museum and the Mahaffey Theater on the downtown waterfront. Tickets to the event also include access to the museum's galleries throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. including the current special exhibition, Dalí/Duchamp, dedicated to Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí's friendship and its influence on the work of both artists. The museum's Avant-garden, with its signature labyrinth and wish tree, will also be open for guests to stroll, sip and socialize in.

This year, the culinary offerings will feature new restaurants as well as returning favorites, such as Sea Salt, Birch & Vine, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Il Ritorno, Ichicoro Ane and many more. The list has also expanded to include Florida wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and other libations. Attendees will also enjoy a silent auction featuring travel experiences, indulgent health and wellness packages, jewelry, artwork, exclusive dining packages and more. Tickets begin at $75 for members and $90 for nonmembers and include access to all tastings, plus museum entry. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit
1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.


Like those mudbugs? Then the Shrimp and Crawfish Festival is right up your alley. Feast on shrimp, crawfish, hotdogs and burgers as you enjoy live music by Lucky Penny, a dunk tank, bounce house, face painting, balloon art and appearances by Buccaneers and Lightning players from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in Tampa. Benefits the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. Tampa Cancer Center, 3402 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. $50 advance, $60 day of; $25 advance, $30 day of (ages 13-20); $15 ages 12 and younger. (941) 677-7181.


American soda consumption has taken a fairly steep nosedive, something most dieticians and nutritionists applaud. But there's a whole other audience for sodas, the nostalgic sodas of our youth, the artisanal sodas crafted painstakingly in small batches around the country, the sodas made with quality ingredients like cherry tree bark, wintergreen, molasses, anise, licorice root, cinnamon and pure cane sugar. That's right, craft sodas are one of the fastest-growing beverage segments. Ten thousand people crowd to the annual soda festival in Homer, Ill., celebrating concoctions that in many cases date back to the mid 1800s.

Modeled on that festival, soda aficionado Jeff Kennedy put together the Sebring Soda Festival, worth the nearly two hour drive from Tampa Bay on Friday and Saturday. With hundreds of craft sodas available for sampling, the family-friendly festival features a classic car show, live entertainment, art and craft vendors, pop-up retail storefronts, a variety of food options, a kids' zone, and more. It starts with a free Rockin' Fifties Block Party from 5-8 p.m. Friday, then runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with an adults-only Pop & Fizz Cocktail Tasting from 6-9 p.m. Festival admission is free, but you will need to purchase a punch card ($5-$20) to participate in the tasting. For more information, go to


There are still just a few tickets for WUSF's signature fundraising event on April 12, Longest Table, whereby a gloriously long table is set up along the waterfront in St. Petersburg and guests dine from a whole range of participating restaurants. Restaurants from 400 Beach to Rococo Steak are sold out already, so go to to see what's left.


  1. Hoisin-glazed chicken meatballs. LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI  |  Special to the Times
    They’re topped with a hoisin sauce, and can be baked or pan-fried.
  2. On Friday, Joella's Hot Chicken will debut the Southern menu its known for in Largo. Joella's Hot Chicken
    Best part? There’s a drive-through.
  3. Visitors ride the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Tampa theme park Busch Gardens, which has put its 2020 Fun Card on sale early. AP/Busch Gardens
    Buy your 2020 Busch Gardens or SeaWorld Fun Card and get a few months free, plus more sales for Florida residents.
  4. Olive oil cake with nectarines. MICHELLE STARK  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Need something for a potluck? Entertaining at home? This cake is simple and decadent.
  5. To celebrate the 20th year of Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens is bringing back icons, the characters that matched the theming of each event. That includes, from left, Dr. Livingsdoom, the event's first icon in 2000 who was in the Haunted Jungle Trail, Death Jockey, Trickster, Voodoo Queen and the Butcher. Howl-O-Scream opens Friday. Busch Gardens
    Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream, Disney’s Not-So-Scary, Scream-A-Geddon and more: A complete guide to spooky fun.
  6. Opened in Brandon last week, Your Pie's signature 10-inch rounds are baked in a brick oven in less than four minutes. Your Pie
    Plus, Gyro City in Kenneth City, St. Petersburg wine cocktail lounge Copa and Whiskey Joe’s in Ellenton.
  7. Chicken cacciatore with a side of rainbow cauliflower at FarmTable Cucina. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
    Chef James Kirby’s refined Italian dishes lean heavily on vegetables and seafood. | Restaurant review
  8. Chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval's second Tampa Marriott Water Street restaurant, Anchor and Brine, serves a coastal lineup that includes tuna tataki. Tampa Marriott Water Street
    The hotel’s new restaurant is its second from chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval.
  9. A Zombie Bride is one of the characters found in one of Busch Gardens' open-air scare zones at Howl-O-Scream, which opens for its 20th year on Friday.
    Free Museum Day is coming, Howl-O-Scream opens at Busch Gardens, Billy Ray Cyrus plays for the Bucs Beach Bash and Tho Who will be at Amalie Arena.
  10. Kozuba and B Square vodkas. B Square is a brand produced by Kozuba and Sons. xxxxx
    Kozuba and Sons, Florida Cane and St. Petersburg Distillery make the list.