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Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest 2022

Another amazing year has gone by for the Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest. I had the honor of being a judge for the 3rd year in a row and the event was amazing as always.

Never been to the Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest? It is A FREE, family-friendly event at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, Tailgate Taste Fest’s robust schedule includes activities for the casual event-goer and the ultimate sports fan alike. Entertainment consists of a food competition with local restaurants serving up the most delicious tailgate foods Tampa has to offer (which I had the fun of judging), live music from local bands, a competitive corn hole tournament and, of course, live action from the day’s most exciting college football games shown on huge LED video screens throughout the day!

Everyone was dressed in there sports attire and chowing down all of the amazing tailgate food. It was so fun seeing all of the different fans of all the teams getting along and having a great time with some beers, great music and fun times.

For this fun event you have the option of buying a VIT ticket (Very Important Tailgater) wristband. Your wristband includes:

  • Access to the VIT tent, with prime viewing of the main stage and LED screens

  • Unlimited tailgate snacks within the VIT tent courtesy of The Orenda Collective

  • Unlimited soda, water, beer, wine and liquor within the VIT tent

  • One (1) sample from each of the participating restaurants

  • Comfortable, upscale seating and dining accommodations within the VIT tent

Definitely worth the upgrade!

I tried so many amazing dishes from all of the participating restaurants it was hard to select a favorite dish! We had three categories for judging: Meat Dish, Side Dish and Dessert.

Restaurants that participated this year:

Diggy Dogs, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, American Social, Livy O's, Chez Shay's Sweets, New York New York Pizza, Odd Fellows, Jotoro, Spitsville, The Pub, Oronzo's, Bavaro's and Taste (Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown).

Don't worry if you missed this years event. Stay tuned to my feed for next years event date. You will definitely want to mark that on your calendar! Also give Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest instagram a follow and stay up to date on all of there upcoming news!


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