TAMPA, FL – Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Taste Fest presented by Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is excited to unveil its official judges for the event on Saturday, October 1 at Curtis Hixon Park. The astute panel will consist of a variety of social media gurus, foodies, bloggers, sports fanatics and Tampa Bay enthusiasts. Never Have I Ever (NHIE) Tampa, Meredyth Censullo, Kat Lewis, Marisa Langford, Collin Sherwin and Jeremy Fairley will be divided up amongst each of the four categories (sides, sliders, chicken, barbecue) where they will critique taste, presentation, and creativity for each sample. Through a voting tally, one winner from each category will be awarded “The Judges Choice” honor.
ABOUT OUR JUDGES:
Never Have I Ever Tampa sets out to find the most unique, adventurous and many times, random things going on in Tampa Bay. Nicholas and Ryan have been here a while and found that falling into a routine is a boring way to live life. As they began to venture out and try new things, they received a lot of feedback from people wishing they knew about all the exciting things going on around town. After spending a weekend away, disconnected from technology (THEIR WORLD), they created the idea behind Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay. The goal is to give insight and provide feedback about all of the hidden gems in Tampa. Some of the places may be familiar, but others, maybe not so much. Follow along as we uncover all of the great things Tampa Bay has to offer!
Meredyth Censullo is the AM News Reporter for WFLA News Channel 8. She has worked in TV news since 1998, and has been covering news in Tampa Bay since 2003. She most recently joined the News Channel 8 team in 2016. If you follow her social media accounts, you’ll see her incredible dedication to her four adopted fur kids and has an unhealthy addiction to coffee. Censullo loves to travel, and has been known to take international vacations on her own, just to explore the world. In 2014, she was named one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Up & Comers. She also has an Emmy.
Kat Lewis began her blogging career by launching one of the first Tampa-based foodie and destination-focused blog for Visit Tampa Bay. There she was awarded the prestigious “30 under 30” award from Destination Marking Association International (DMAI). Her social media background includes running the first-ever Social Media Command Center for a destination during the Republican National Convention in 2012 (Tampa) and another at the International India Film Academy Awards (IIFA).
She currently works as the Public Relations Strategist at Hillsborough County. Previously, she held digital media roles with Triad Retails Media, Mainsail Lodging & Development, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Visit Tampa Bay.
Marisa Langford is a busy Mom to 4 young kids and loves living in Tampa where the weather is always beautiful and a vacation is only 30 minutes away. A Seminole Heights resident for over 12 years, Marisa and her family are always exploring the Urban Corridor and the new restaurants popping up all over town! She is on a constant search for adventures with kids and can be found out and about with her husband and 4 kids in tow, enjoying family time together all over Tampa Bay. She is a Destination Guru for the state of Florida on the national family travel website, Trekaroo.com. She's the Mama behind TampaMama.com & Fit Kids Playground, both websites dedicated to helping families push away the screen through family travel and fun, healthy travel tips.
Collin Sherwin is the editor of thedailystampede.com, the largest independent website covering USF Athletics. Prior to joining the Stampede team he spent over five years at VoodooFive.com, reporting and editorializing about his beloved Bulls in the same capacity.
Collin also manages social media accounts for several area businesses, and his passion for food and drink shines through in much of his work. So too does his love of his treasured hometown of Tampa. Follow him at the links below.
Jeremy Fairley is the Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at aRes Travel Inc, the industry-leading travel technology platform for the travel and tourism industry based in San Diego, CA.
Before a aRes and a brief stint in our nation’s capital working for a not-for profit trade association in travel & tourism, Jeremy spent the formative years eating his way through the local Tampa Bay food scene by night and by day he served as the Web Marketing Manager for Visit Tampa Bay, the official destination marketing organization for Hillsborough County, Florida.
Make plans today to join us and our amazing judges this Saturday, October 1, at our Third Annual Tailgate Taste Fest presented by Coca-Cola Beverages Florida at Curtis Hixon Park. Admission to the event is FREE, but those interested in purchasing food sample wristbands or VIP tickets can buy here or at the ticket booth the day of the event. Looking for additional information on the event, please visit TailgateTasteFest.com.
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