Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival Returns With New Additions

Gourmet Delights Await at the 2024 Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival

Photo of winners of the Tampa Bay Wine and Food festival Chef Showdown.
Tampa Bay WFF Chef Showdown winners. Photo Courtesy of Tampa Bay WFF.

As the spring 2024 season approaches, the Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival returns April 9-13. This year, the festival features an expanded culinary journey, making it a must-attend event for food enthusiasts and gourmets.

Now in its second year, the festival has quickly drawn attention from the local community and the nation. With an anticipated attendance surpassing last year’s 7,500 guests, the event will showcase an even more impressive array of talent, including over 50 participating restaurants and a lineup of VIP guest chefs that reads like a who’s who of the culinary world.

Among the luminaries gracing the festival with their presence are celebrity chef Robert Irvine, known for his dynamic presence and culinary prowess, and Chef Fernando Desa of GOYA Foods, bringing an international flair to the festivities. They and Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market will serve as the honorary hosts.

The festival starts with an exclusive evening at The Tampa Club, setting the stage for a week of culinary exploration. One of the most anticipated new additions is the “Experience Water Street” event, where guests can indulge in four-course pairing dinners at some of the city’s most celebrated dining destinations. 

The Chef Showdown, a festival highlight, promises an electrifying competition with last year’s champions returning to defend their titles. This event, along with the grand tasting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to sample the best that Tampa Bay’s culinary scene offers, from innovative dishes to classic flavors.

But the Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival is more than just a celebration of food and drink; it’s a community event that supports a noble cause. A portion of the proceeds benefits the CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program, which provides healthy meals and nutritional education to Florida’s youth, underscoring the festival’s commitment to giving back to the community.

For those looking to immerse themselves in a world of culinary delights, the Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival is an unmissable event. For more information, visit the official festival website at https://tampabaywff.com/


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