Enjoy Arts & Tastes Festival offers St. Pete a truly unique culinary experience

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Nearly 40 of Tampa Bay’s top chefs will gather at the downtown waterfront to offer St. Petersburg a truly unique tasting experience. 

The 2013 Enjoy Arts & Tastes Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts, on November 15-17 will be a walk-about culinary adventure featuring bite-sized portions of the signature dishes — savory, sweet and everything in between  –  created by many of Tampa Bay’s brightest stars. The festival will culminate in a Grand Tasting Saturday, November 16, hosted by Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The tasting will be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater/Duke Energy Center for the Arts plaza, as well as Albert Whitted Park across the street.

Taste and smell will not be the only senses on overdrive at the event; many of the chef’s finest dishes will be paired with craft beers, fine wine and top shelf spirits. 

Enjoy Arts & Tastes will also feature fine art, with six local artists creating “en plein air” pieces (“in open air”) to lift the sensory experience to the next level.  

There will also be seven culinary demonstrations hosted by internationally renowned celebrity chefs Scott Conant, Lorena Garcia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Ming Tsai, Curtis Stone, Donatella Arpaia and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto inside the Mahaffey Theater. VIP admission grants exclusive access to a special tent, where attendees can mingle with international celebrity chefs throughout the day.  

Organizers promote Saturday’s Grand Tasting as the ultimate marriage of the culinary and visual arts, heralding a new dawn for the Bay area. For the first time, St. Pete will arrive on the national food and wine festival stage. 

Additional details about the Grand Tasting, as well as other Enjoy Arts & Tastes Festival events, are available by visiting the Enjoy Arts and Tastes website. General admission tickets start at $95, with $125 for VIP Tent Access.

The Mahaffey Theater is at 400 First Street South, and Albert Whitted Park is at 480 Bay Shore Drive SE.  


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.