Now less than 90 days until the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage Wednesday for their fifth televised debate.
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Now less than 90 days until the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage Wednesday for their fifth televised debate.
LPCX announced today on Instagram that they will close their doors starting end of the day Saturday, November 9th until further notice as they work out what is next for their business.
The cafe has been known to serve great coffee drinks and beautiful latte art so it is certainly a loss for Tampa’s coffee community.
They were recently featured on That’s So Tampa’s 3 hidden coffee shops you need to visit. Unfortunately – it may have been too late to change the trajectory for the LCPX Cafe. Make sure you stop by for a last cup of joe if you have a chance.
La Pequeña Colombia will remain open across the street.
St. Pete will host the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market presented by Enchant Christmas starting on Friday, November 22nd at Tropicana Field and run through Sunday, December 29th. St. Petersburg is joining 2 other cities as destination this year including Washington D.C. and Seattle.
The event will run Monday through Thursday from 4PM to 10PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 4PM to 11PM from November 22nd to December 12th. From December 13th to December 29th the event will run from 4PM to 11PM.
Guests will enjoy:
- World’s Largest Light Maze: Enter a living storybook of larger-than-life light sculptures, a light-adorned ice skating trail, and decadent delights as snow gently falls all around you
- Christmas Market: Filled with over 40 local artisan vendors
- Dining: Savory and sweet scents will pull you into the Christmas Market where you can feast on specially selected seasonal food and drinks as well as holiday treats
- Carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes
- Santa’s Landing: Santa Clause is re-invented for Enchant, guests will need to pass through trees, tree tops, and pillow-like clouds to get to Santa.
- Kid’s Zone: Plenty of activities will be available for kids including toys to play with, coloring, group activities, and more
- Nook and Cranny: Pinellas County’s Nook and Cranny pops up nightly for engaging craft workshops where guests can get creative and make ornaments, home decor, and more.
Adult General Admission starts at $ 19.99 with children’s tickets starting at $ 14.99 for ages 4 and older. Military, emergency services, and students receive 10% off with ID shown at the door. Family packages are also available.
Tickets are on-sale at EnchantChristmas.com.
Event Name: World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market
Neighborhood: Downtown St. Pete
Venue: Tropicana Field
Address: 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Dates: November 22nd to December 29th
Cost: $ 19.99+ for adults, $ 14.99+ for kids ages 4 and older.
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More than 225 local businesses are taking over Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg for LocalShops1’s 10th Annual Shopapalooza Festival on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st. The family-friendly event features local art, local music, and the local vibe that makes St. Pete what it is.
“Shopapalooza Festival celebrates and spotlights the great independent businesses that make Tampa Bay such an amazing place. It gives consumers the opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season by shopping locally!” says Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder.
Venouziou has made it a mission to support local businesses for over a decade.
Vendor options include gourmet food products, home decor, handcrafted jewelry, clothing and accessories, health and beauty products, fair trade goods, vintage finds, pet treats and toys, books, candles and much more.
The events will have “food hall” that features the following options in one spot:
- Amy’s Spot
- Buddy Brew Coffee
- Hot Pursuit Catering BBQ
- Main Street Boys Empanadas
- Mookie’s Kettle Korn
- Pipo’s Cuban Cafe
- Pop Goes the Waffle
- Softee the King
- Tasty Dogz
- The Best Thai Food
- The Fishin Chicken
- The Tea Jug
Food options around the event include:
- Emmy & J Roasted Nuts
- Gateau OChocolat
- iPop Gourmet Popcorn
- JB’s Sweet Addiction
- Lynn’s Ice Cream & Belgian Waffles
- Melonhead Melonade
- Skoops Italian Ice
- Sunny Culture
- Sweet Life Cupcakes
- The Tea Jug (2nd location)
- You Are the Hamster
The event is sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg. It’s sure to be a great time so make sure to go out and shop local.
For more information visit Shopapalooza online at shopapaloozafestival.com.
Event Name: 10th Annual Shoapalooza
Neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
Venue: Vinoy Park
Address: 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Date & Time: Saturday, November 30th, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, December 1st, 10AM-5PM
Cost: Free to attend, Register early for a chance to win a $ 500 shopping spree
Celebrate Veteran’s Day weekend at WestShore Plaza this Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 3PM-8PM. Food trucks will be present including Vanchetta Food Truck, Jazzybgrille, and Mr. C’s Grilled Cheese. The event is free to attend and family-friendly.
Parents can enjoy a free kids area presented by Mathnasium.
Proceeds will benefit The Stano Foundation. The mission of The Stano Foundation is “to support our Armed Forces and Veterans through project based initiatives focused on enhancing their comfort and quality of life with a piece of home.”
Event Name: Red, White, & Brew
Venue: WestShore Plaza
Address: 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609
Date & Time: Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 3PM-8PM
Cost: Free to attend
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/434775030415032/
Savor St. Pete is bringing their food and wine festival to Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd at North Straub Park.
The event was previously known as Clearwater Beach Uncorked. It will be a showcase of Tampa Bay chefs, restaurants, breweries, and a wide variety of wines.
Savor St. Pete is sponsored by City of St. Petersburg, Publix, and Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is the official hotel partner for the event.
“We look forward to creating an extraordinary level of excitement in the ‘Burg,’” said Tammy Gail, festival founder and producer. “We are bringing elements that will ramp-up the cool factor that SAVOR ST. PETE will feature.”
Tickets are now available for general admission on both Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3. General Admission guests are welcome on-site from 1PM to 4PM. GA tickets are $ 75 per person per day.
All event guests receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag, and exclusive access to the Grand Tasting Village that is located within a 30,000-square-foot tent.
- Brio Italian
- Bulla Gastrobar
- The Library
- Red Mesa Restaurant Group
- Marchand’s Bar & Grill
- Paul’s Landing
- Sweet Charlie’s
- The Birch & Vine
- Watercolour Grill & House
- Teak St. Pete
Wine, Brew, and Spirit Partners:
- 3 Daughters Brewing
- 19 Crimes
- Big Storm Brewing Co.
- Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer
- Bonanza California
- Casamigos Tequila
- Cayman Jack
- Chateau St. Jean
- Days of Youth Wines
- Des Amis Napa Valley
- Deutsch Family
- District 7
- Don Ramon Tequila
- Fleurs de Prarie
- Florida Beer Co.
- Folktale Winery & Vineyard
- Four Roses Bourbon
- Francis Ford Coppola Winery
- Golden Winery
- Islamorada Beer Company
- Josh Cellar
- Justin Vineyards & Winery
- Keel & Curley Winery
- Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
- Landmark Vineyards
- Mer Soleil
- Metz Road
- Ole Smoky
- Pusser’s Rum
- Ranch 32
- Ron Barcelo
- Ryder Estates
- San Sebastian Winery
- Scheid Family Wines
- Sea Sun
- Stella Artois
- Stella Rosa Wines
- Stephen Ross Wine Cellars
- Sterling Vineyards
- Stokes’ Ghost
- Tito’s Vodka
- Two Henry’s Brewing Co.
- Two Henry’s Hard Cider
- White Claw
- Ferrari Carano
- Vida de Louie Tequila
- Manifest Distilling
- Island Grove Wine Company
- St. Petersburg Distillery
- Banyan Reserve Vodka
- Old. St. Pete
- Washington State Wine
- Redemption Rye
- Swamp Head Brewery
Event Name: Savor St. Pete
Venue: North Straub Park
Address: 400 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: $ 75+
Buy tickets: http://www.freshtix.com/events/savor-st-pete
The SouthShore Seafood and Arts festival is coming this November 2nd and 3rd to E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin. Over 15,000 people attended the festival in 2018. Organizers are offering a group rate of $ 3 for 20 admission tickets. The festival is kid and pet-friendly (pets must be on leashes).
There will be a wide-variety of seafood available at the festival including stone crabs and a variety of other seafood dishes from the Gulf and beyond.
The event is organized by the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce.
There will be boats and RVs, arts and crafts, educational displays, commercial exhibits, and tons of interactive kids entertainment for families to enjoy. Over 150 vendors will be present at the event.
Food trucks and vendors attending include:
- Mobstah Lobstah
- Funnel Vision
- Chop and Serve New Orleans Cuisine
- Buttman BBQ
- Bearcakes Rumcakes
- Big Crush Slush
- Gypsy Sliders
- & more
Event Name: SouthShore Seafood and Arts Festival
Date & Time: Saturday, November 2nd, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, November 3rd, 10AM-5PM
Venue: E.G. Simmons Park
Address: 2401 19th Avenue, N.W., Ruskin, FL 33570
Cost: $ 5 adults, Kids 12 & under FREE, Active Military FREE with ID, $ 2 parking per car to enter park, parking is free afterwards.
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/516486122476272/
The Sulphur Springs River Tower Festival is coming Saturday, November 16th, 2019 with a mission of restoring and preserving Sulphur Springs Water Tower (originally built in 1927) and improvements to the surrounding River Tower Park located at 401 East Bird Street, Tampa, FL 33604 .
Sulphur Springs was once an important landmark in Tampa that was quite the attraction. After the spring was damaged and people moved to other parts of town the area was mostly abandoned although efforts to restore the area have been done over they ears.
Recent development in Seminole Heights has draw attention back to the area though and the Sulphur Springs Water Tower.
The event will feature 10 live bands, 7 DJs, a fire show, magician, balloon artist, drum circle for kids, food trucks, art vendors, beer and wine. Gates will open at 11AM and close at 10PM.
Tickets are $ 15 in advance and $ 20 the day of the event (if available). Kids ages 10 and under are FREE.
Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets comfort on the lawn. No outside coolers, food, or drinks will be allowed.
Purchase tickets: http://www.preserveourtower.com/tickets/
Learn more at preserveourtower.com.
Armature Works is launching a Dinner on the Lawn series starting on November 14th from 6PM to 9PM with an Autumn Harvest dinner. Chef Nathan Hardin of Steelbach and James Beard Award-winning Chef Anne Kearney of Oak & Ola will headline the event.
Dinner will be enjoyed under the stars with a view of Downtown Tampa and the Hillsborough River.
Tickets to the event start at $ 155 and include 5 courses, 5 wine pairings, live music, and a pop-up dining experience under the stars.
Pissaladiére- Provencal onion & anchovy tart, basil pistou
Liver Toast – Faux Foie, spiced pickles , chive, olive oil, Jamison B. sourdough
Celeriac Remoulade, chilled griddled duck breast, roasted shallot-herb salad, Champagne vinaigrette
NC Sunburst Trout – sweet potato, brown butter, mulled cider, fennel jam, burnt onion
Grilled pork tenderloin, prune-tarragon farce, pork crepinette, griddled polenta, Armagnac braised shallots, prune demi reduction, Armagnac gastrique
Bellwether Farms San Andreas, Autumn fruit compote, Jamison B toast
Sweetgrass Dairy Asher Blue, Whipped Kuespert Honey, Cornbread
Tarte Tatin – Miso Caramel, Fuji Apple, Nikka Coffee Grain Ice Cream, Smoked Pecans
A new boba shop called Ding Tea is coming to Tampa. Ding Tea is a chain from Taiwan that has over 350 locations in Asia and has been rapidly expanding across the United States.
The menu features fresh tea, milk teas, coffee, lattes, and smoothies. A variety of Asian snacks will be sold such as popcorn chicken, Vietnamese egg rolls, durian crepes, Vietnamese spring rolls, fish balls, and more.
These food items have been a staple of most of the bubble tea shops in town such as Kung Fu Tea and Quickly.
They are known for their Tiger Milk Tea, which is a lactose-free milk with stripes of brown sugar syrup along the sides of the cup to give it a tiger stripe appearance.
Some other interesting choices on the menu are Kumquat Lemonade, Red Bean Matcha, and Cream Mousse Taro.
The new location will be located at 2202 West Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604 where Got Tea and Yummy House were previously located before a fire destroyed the buildings in 2017.
Ding Tea Tampa will be open daily from 10AM-9PM, 7 days a week. The only other Ding Tea location in Tampa Bay is currently at 6248 66th Street North in Pinellas Park.
Their Grand Opening is set for Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 from 10AM-9PM. They will offer buy one, get one 50% off on all drinks and have dragon/lion dancing for guests to enjoy.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 2PM – Orlando Beer Festival is happening that day at Orlando Festival Park located at 2911 East Robinson Street.
Over 200 craft beers will be poured at the event from over 50 breweries. Tickets are now sale for the beer festival and are discounted if you purchase them in advance, prices will rise on the day of the event, if available.
The event will feature over 10 local food trucks, live music, interactive games, college football streaming, local vendors, a wine tasting experience, and more. The event is for ages 21+ and will strictly enforce this policy. Orlando Beer Festival is a rain or shine event.
Limited VIP tickets are currently available and includes an hour and a half of early admission, parking, Orlando Beer Festival t-shirt, a commemorative beer glass, VIP zone with shaded seating and craft cocktail experience, complimentary lite bites of food, VIP lanyard, and more. Designated Driver tickets are available. Please do not drink and drive.
Proceeds will benefit the Central Florida Brewer’s Guild.
Event sponsors include Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Orlando Federal Credit Union, Drive Shack, Hard Rock Live Orlando, Universal Roofing & Contracting, and Renewal by Anderson of FL.
Find out more information at orlandobeerfestival.com.
Event name: Orlando Beer Festival
Venue: Orlando Festival Park
Address: 2911 East Robinson Street Orlando, FL
Date & Time: Saturday, November 16th, 2PM-5PM
Ages: 21+ only
Cost: $ 40+
Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/30NLdg0
Are you feeling the holiday spirit? It’s 67 degrees today in Tampa and I am already sipping on an eggnog latte. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will bring back their annual Christmas Town series starting this Saturday, November 17th.
Christmas Town favorites will return including Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola and Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.
New for Christmas Town this year:
- Brunch with Santa: Christmas-themed dining experience for the whole family. Some items on the menu include fried chicken and waffles with apple butter, butternut bisque with cinnamon cream, and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. Santa Clause will make an appearance with a photo opportunity. Adults can enjoy unlimited mimosa and “Build-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary” upgrades. The event will occur on select dates at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant
- “Christmas Is…” holiday show at Dragon Fire Grill joining Christmas on Ice, Elmo’s Christmas Wish, the Holiday Hills Band, Carols of the Bells light show, and Christmas Town Sing-A-Long Train
- Christmas Town Village will be located in a new location this year. Find it inside the Gwazi Pathway with holiday merchandise and treats for-sale. The Jingle Bell Express miniature train will be in town. Winter whiskey and wine tastings will be available for adults of age.
My favorite part of Christmas Town is all the lights and of course the snow. The holiday train is also something I really enjoy. It really gets you in the mood for the holidays.
Here is the schedule for Christmas Town 2018:
Find more information at ChristmasTown.com.
The highly anticipated Sparkman Wharf is opening on Friday, November 30th, 2018 where Channelside once stood.
This is part of the Water Street Tampa project that aims to rebuild and rethink Downtown Tampa, adding much needed green space and a focus on Tampa’s waterfront views.
Several restaurateurs have signed on to the project including Ichicoro owner Noel Cruz, Chef BT Nguyen of Restaurant BT, Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till, and more.
One might even think of it as an outdoor food hall complete with an upcoming outdoor beer garden called Fermented Reality Beer Garden.