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‘Pinot in the Park’ comes to Historic Kenwood for second year

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Red wine drinkers of the ‘burg, specifically those who love a good Pinot Noir, can drink it up Saturday April 18 at Seminole Park in the Historic Kenwood neighborhood.

The neighborhood association is hosting its second annual “Pinot in the Park” festival from 6-9 p.m.

The festival will feature not only a premium selection of pinot noir, but a feast of Pacific Northwest-style salmon bake. Some of St. Petersburg’s best chefs will also be on hand to whip up unique side dishes.

Old Key West Bar and Grill, Sazon, Elliots of Kenwood, St. Pete Bakery, Queens Head and the Edge Lounge and Tapas are all participating. Also expected is Don Cesar executive head chef Kenny Hunsberger.

The wines will be from both California and Oregon wineries.

Seminole park is nestled in the quaint Historic Kenwood neighborhood between Third and Fourth Avenue North on 29 Street. Live music from the band House of Leros will boom from a pavilion.

Historic Kenwood continues to make a place for itself on the list of St. Pete’s most unique and sought-after neighborhoods. Just years ago the neighborhood was plagued with crime. Now it boasts some of the city’s most eclectic bungalows and rockin’ porch parties.

The neighborhood is situated just minutes from the city’s burgeoning downtown and abuts the up and coming Grand Central District. The Edge and Warehouse Arts districts are also a short bike ride down the road.

This festival is expected to highlight all that Historic Kenwood has come to offer as it continues its revitalization.

Tickets to the event are $85 each. Attendees can reserve half-tables of 4 or whole tables for 8, but there is not savings to buy in groups.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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