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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is bringing back their annual Bier Fest to the Tampa theme park on Friday, August 13th, 2021. This will be the 4th year this event runs and highlights craft beers from Florida and beyond.
There will be an all-new beer trail, weaving through the park’s iconic coasters, local live music, and animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar. This year, park guests can take a new adventure each Friday through Sunday from August 13th to October 31st.
Beer fans can enjoy over 50 varieties of IPAs, wheat ales, stouts, and more. This year’s event shines a spotlight on breweries that bring flavor to Florida and beyond, with iconic local, regional and national brews incorporated into new shareable samples at over a dozen culinary locations.
Highlights include the Brews & Chews with Funky Buddha Brewing, pair a “Hop Gun IPA” with Busch Gardens’ new Drunken Shrimp Papaya Salad that will feature beer-battered and golden fried shrimp topped with Tajin and Thai chili Buddha dressing.
Pub Grub featuring Alcatraz Brewing: Enjoy a “2 X IPA” with pepper-smoked chopped brisket poutine, including beer-battered French fries smothered in blue cheese, caramelized onions, and chipotle BBQ sauce.
Garden Gate featuring Anheuser-Busch will pay tribute to the theme park’s roots and features the return of fan-favorite Mojo-roasted heritage pork pub chip nachos topped with pepper jack mornay cheese and a savory avocado crema.
Kraft-Heinz Kitchen featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing will bring a tantamount of flavor packed into the new High Altitude Smoked Elk Jalapeño Sausage Chili topped with a drizzle of Kraft-Heinz cilantro sour cream.
Beer will be featured from Big Storm, 3 Daughters, Motorworks, Cigar City, Coppertail, Yuengling and more.
There will also be new sangria and mimosa bar pairs with the whiskey-inspired gourmet cupcake flight fresh from the park’s bakery for the perfect dessert combo.
For those not interested in drinking, several festival locations will feature non-alcoholic beverage options as well, including at the new Giraffe Bar. Barrilitos strawberry hibiscus or watermelon Agua Frescas will offer a chance to cool off on summer days and guests can enjoy Serengeti views from panoramic windows or the open-air patio.
The most economical way to enjoy the fest is to purchase a Bier Fest Sampler Lanyard, which start at $ 49.99 for a 8-sample punch card. Busch Gardens Pass Members get an exclusive offer of 15 items for the same price as a 12-item Sampler to enjoy three extra samples for free.
Consistent with CDC guidance, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay recommend that guests wear face coverings while indoors.
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New World Brewery, a popular live-music spot with great craft beer and food that first opening in 1994 and closed in Ybor City a few years ago, is re-opening on February 12th, 2020 at 6PM with a new location near Sulphur Springs at 810 East Skagway Tampa, Florida 33604.
They will kick off their opening party with all-you-can-eat pizza and two drafts of beer for $ 35. Tickets are required to attend.
Tickets can be purchased at newworldtampa.com/store.
Here is a look at their menu via their website:
You can visit New World Brewery online at newworldtampa.com.
The popular Armature Works food hall stand, Graze 1910, is opening their second location in South Tampa at 2217 South Dale Mabry Highway in the Palma Ceia neighborhood this February. This location will serve breakfast all day as well as lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends.
Menu items will include egg dishes, artisan burgers, chicken and waffles, tartines, greens and grains, and vegan options.
“After two years of success with Graze 1910 at Armature Works, we decided it was time to extend the brand, expand the menu and attract more families and locals,” says Raymond Menendez, owner of Graze.
“Graze is community-minded and the spot you’ll come to time and time again not only for our reliably, quality food, but our laid-back setting and welcoming atmosphere.”
Raymond Menendez has 30 years of restaurant experience and was previously with Hooters in Clearwater and a Managing Partner with Ciccio Restaurant Group in Tampa.
Lawrence “Bubba” Durley, Graze 1910’s head chef, previously with Oxford Exchange and Café Dufrain, will oversee both Graze kitchen locations and continue to be their creative menu advisor.
Visit Graze 1910 online for information at graze1910.com.
Two people were killed early Sunday in a crash on the roadway entrance into Tampa International Airport.
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After a long wait, Shake Shack is finally confirmed as coming to Tampa, first reported by Tampa Bay Business Journal. The location will be at Midtown Tampa, a “new kind of urban experience with 1.8 million square feet of retail, residential, 3 Class A office buildings, entertainment and hospitality”.
The long-awaited location for the gourmet burger chain still has no opening date for Tampa, but is at least confirmed to be opening by the developer. Shake Shack has long been open in Orlando and opened in Sarasota recently. Midtown Tampa is expected to open in time for the Super Bowl in February 2021.
“Shake Shack is an iconic brand with worldwide recognition, and is yet another first-to-market restaurant that we’re thrilled to bring to Tampa,” said Nicholas Haines, CEO, Bromley Companies. “We’ve followed Shake Shack from its first location next to our office in New York’s Madison Square Park, and appreciate the delight and appeal it has to its customers.”
Shake Shack has over 170 locations worldwide and has been growing around the country in recent years including locations on both the east and west coast. The franchise started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park back in 2001. The burger concept was started in 2004 as a kiosk.
The Hello Kitty Cafe truck is coming to WestShore Plaza located at 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609 just in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 from 10AM to 8PM.
The truck will be located inside the mall near H&M and offer treats and merchandise for-sale, while supplies line.
Make sure to get there early since the crowds are pretty packed in.
On the menu for food and drinks:
- bow bottled water
- 4 piece minicake set
- 5 piece macaron set
- 3 piece cookie set
- 8 piece madeleine set
- hello kitty cafe giant chef cookie
- sprinkles t-shirt
- sprinkle mug
- coffee cup keychain
- cafe chef plush
- cafe lunchbox w/ confetti popcorn
- hello kitty canvas tote
- macaron canvas tote
- 3 piece logo enamel pin set
- 3 piece truck enamel pin set
- stainless steel thermal bottle 32oz
- stainless steel thermal bottle 18oz
A Filipino favorite, Jollibee, is opening its doors on Friday, January 17th at 4057 Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park, Florida. The location will be the 40th location to open for the franchise which is currently experiencing high growth and expansion across the country. The chain plans to open 150 stores in the United States by 2023. It is the first location in Tampa Bay.
Store hours for opening day and beyond are 7AM to 11PM.
“We cannot wait to welcome Jollibee fans who have long waited for their turn to finally have Jollibee in their area, in addition to welcoming new foodies intrigued by our unique menu, which we fondly describe as a joyous mash-up of Western comfort food and Asian flavors,” said Beth Dela Cruz, President of Jollibee Foods Corporation North America, Philippine Brands Group.
Popular items at Jollibee include the Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti made with signature sweet-style sauce loaded with chunky slices of savory ham and hotdog, and Peach Mango Pie, made with real Philippine mangoes enclosed in a light, crispy crust.
Tampa is home to one of the largest Filipino communities with its Bayanihan Center and annual PhilFest celebration that draws thousands for a celebration of Filipino food and culture every April.
There are some perks for those who choose to line-up early for the opening:
- The first 50 customers in line to spend $ 25 or more will get FREE Chickenjoy for a year.*
- The first 50 with the best #ItsOurTurn signs will get a Jollibee in Barong Funko Pop.
- The first 300 on day 1 (plus the first 100 on days 2 and 3) will get a free drawstring bag with a minimum $ 25 purchase.
*One 6-piece bucket of Chickenjoy per month for a period of one year
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Police in Tampa shot a man they say threatened them with a gun Saturday morning.
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Michelle’s Faedo is opening her second location of Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 in Downtown Tampa at 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33602 inside the Hillsborough County Building.
The restaurants are an off-shot of Michelle Faedo’s On The Go food truck which has been in operation for years. The first location is located at the ENCORE! building not too far away from Downtown close to Ybor City.
Popular items on the menu include the Famous Traditional Cuban and deviled crabs that pay homage to Tampa’s rich food history. Like the Cuban Sandwich, deviled crabs were created by the immigrant communities in Tampa that existed during the cigar boom.
Faedo is an award-winner from the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival and is well-recognized for her Cuban sandwiches around the Tampa Bay area.
The opening hours for the location will be Monday through Friday from 7AM to 4PM.
City of Tampa Mayor, Jane Castor, is expected to be there at around 1PM to celebrate the occasion.
Bubble tea fans have plenty to be excited about. Ding Tea Tampa on Waters has a new opening date of Friday, January 24th, 2020. The location is located next to where the old Yummy House and Got Tea locations were.
The delay was explained to be connected to the health department (Ding Tea was originally set to open on November 3rd).
It will be located at 2202 West Waters Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33604.
Ding Tea is a chain from Taiwan that has over 350 locations in Asia and has been rapidly expanding across the United States. There was a location that opened in between this time period by USF Tampa’s Uptown at 1518 East Fowler Avenue Suite B. One of the latest businesses to open in that area.
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Deputies investigating home invasion at apartments in Citrus Park area of Tampa.
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Roux, the New Orleans concept by Datz Restaurant Group, has ceased operations according to a report by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
The restaurant was known for serving favorites of Cajun and Creole cuisine such as jambalaya, red beans and rice, and also some of the best cornbread I have ever enjoyed in Tampa. The chefs were brought from New Orleans back in 2014 for a true experience for fans of the cuisine to enjoy.
Datz Restaurant Group is currently busy opening new restaurants across the bridge including most recently their Datz St. Petersburg branch and a cafe inside The James Museum. A new Datz location is also opening soon in Brandon.
Here is a parting message from the owners:
The dog’s leash was apparently caught in an apartment building’s elevator after the doors closed, and it started going up.
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Tampa Chef Rosana Rivera made history as the first Latina woman to beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network on December 26th, 2019. She first beat her husband and business partner, Chef Ricardo Castro, in an elimination round before Bobby Flay using the papaya secret ingredient on a special episode called “It Must’ve Been Love”.
Bobby Flay has a fairly high win-ration that is over 60% of his competitions so this is no small victory for Chef Rosana Rivera.
Chef Rosana Rivera beat Bobby Flay with her beef empanada recipe. Flay had equipment malfunctions during the battle and a track record of empanada fails.
“This experience has been one of the highlights of my year. I feel super proud as a Female Chef, Entrepreneur, Puerto Rican, and Tampanian to have had the honor to not only participate in Beat Bobby Flay but to have competed against Ricardo, my other half in business and life. Ricardo is a Chef that has my utmost admiration. Most importantly, competing against Iron Chef Bobby Flay is an experience I will never forget. I have a deep respect for his talent, charisma, and the amazing team that works with him. It is an honor that I was able to cook side by side with him, compete against him, and can proudly say I Beat Bobby Flay,” said Chef Rosana on her win.
The couple previously owned the French-inspired bakery Piquant and are currently proprietors of Xilo at The Hall on Franklin in Tampa. The Chefs also own R2 Provisions, a national catering company, and a gourmet food truck. Additionally, they also own Kofe, The Hall on Franklin’s in-house coffee bar.
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"I am Chef Rosana Rivera & I Beat Bobby Flay" final words of an epic episode and moment in my career. So thrilled, humbled and joyous that I got to celebrate this moment with 200+ friends, family, colleagues, vendors, my Mother & my Sisters. Last but not least my partner in everything @chefricardocastro whom is the most gracious and supportive runner up! I will never forget this experience! Thank you @bobbyflay @foodnetwork & @rockshrimptv for inviting us. Thank you @jettila @alitila for rooting for us. I'm one proud Latina, Puertorrican & Female Chef!
You can watch the episode on the Food Network’s website here: http://watch.foodnetwork.com/tv-shows/beat-bobby-flay/full-episodes/it-mustve-been-love
Chef Rosana Rivera has shared her beef empanada recipe with us. Disclaimer: This recipe is not to be shared without the author’s permission. Chef Rosana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnival cruise ship Legend and sister ship Glory collided with each other.
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There’s a new installment in an experiential dining series called “The Rooted Door” is coming to Tampa called “LOVE Reimagined”. It aims to be “a fully immersive pop-up that will inspire guests to celebrate the Art of LOVE”.
The pop-up will occur from Tuesday, February 11th to Saturday, Feburary 15th, 2020 (5 nights), just in time for Valentine’s Day week 2020.
The pop-up will occur at Red Door No. 5, in Tampa Heights at 1910 North Florida Avenue. Red Door is one of Tampa’s new destinations for culture and the arts. Originally constructed in 1925 and then was decommissioned as an active fire station in 1986. The building has since been restored.
Popular local chefs, Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Chef Noel Cruz of Ichicoro Ramen, will headline the pop-up. Alvarez and Cruz have opened numerous projects recently around the city and are active participants in local initiatives in Tampa Bay. Chef Ferrell Alvarez is a James-Beard Award nominee.
Guests at the pop-up will walk through different spaces which unveil imaginative cuisine, cocktails, visual and performing arts and take them on a journey of the senses as the space transforms with each course. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
The pop-up will last approximately 2 hours and reservation times include 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM, and 9:30PM. Tickets start at $ 160 and are now on-sale.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Award through Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) to continue nurturing Tampa’s flourishing creative scene and support future creators in the community.
TBBCA has annually awarded six or more scholarships to some of the most talented and deserving Tampa Bay area high school students, providing valuable financial assistance since 2008.
Tickets can be purchased online on Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-reimagined-presented-by-the-rooted-door-tickets-85750005575
“Love Reimagined” is being organized by PASK Productions, “an experiential event marketing and branding agency delivers premium services to high-end clientele across the country.”
Their collaborations with brands include Hennessy Cognac, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Cirque du Soleil, CORZO Tequila , L’OREAL Paris, DUSSE Cognac, OXLEY Gin, ULTRA Music Festival, National Young Arts Foundation, Art Basel, and Beats by Dre among others.
Armature Works continues to celebrate the holidays by offering a free viewing party for the Downtown Tampa Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM.
The free event will take place on the Riverfront Lawn just south of Armature Works along the Hillsborough River.
The annual parade has become one of Tampa’s signature holiday events featuring hundreds of festive aquatic vessels as the make their way down the Hillsborough River.
Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is also pet-friendly.
Note: outside food, drinks, and coolers are not permitted at Armature Works.
Parking: Parking at Armature Works is free Monday through Thursday and Friday before 4PM, Saturday and Sunday mornings before 11AM. Parking at all other times is $ 5. In addition, there are over 400 street-side parking spots available. Valet is also available most event nights and weekends. For more information please visit armatureworks.com/parking.