Judges Announced for Tailgate Taste Fest

Judges Announced for Tailgate Taste Fest

TAMPA, FL – Tampa Bay’s Vintage Beverages Tailgate Taste Fest is excited to unveil its official judges for the event on Saturday, October 3 at Curtis Hixon Park. The astute panel will consist of a variety of social media gurus, foodies, bloggers, sports fanatics and Tampa Bay enthuiasts. Never Have I Ever (NHIE) Tampa, Meredyth Censullo, Crystal Hamilton, Lisa-Marie Leihy, 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.

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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. Instead of falling into life’s daily routine, Nicholas and Ryan, the soon-to-be founding members of NHIE, began to venture out and experience all of Tampa Bay’s unique activities. The duo’s adventures soon led a die-hard fan base and NHIE was born. The ultimate goal is to give insight and provide feedback to the community about all of the hidden gems in Tampa Bay. Some of the places and activities may be familiar, but others not so much. Follow them at the links below.

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Meredyth Censullo, @MeredythTV to many of you, is a television, radio and social media reporter, as well as owner of SMEEP, LLC (Social Media for Events, Engagement and Publicity). She currently reports on crime stories for The Nancy Grace Show on Headline News, occasionally fills in on traffic for News Channel 8's (WFLA) morning show, and is the DIY expert for The Suncoast View on WWSB in Sarasota. Meredyth spent nine years as the traffic reporter for ABC Action News and 10 News, earning a EMMY Award for On-Air Talent. In 2014, she was named one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Up & Comers. Mere is mom to her rescue pets, Dexter the Cat and Phoebe the Dog. Follow her at the links below.

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Crystal Hamilton is active in the Tampa Bay community, advocating local events through blog and social media platforms. She assists with Yelp Elite and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education where she looks to make an impact in the lives of Tampa Bay youth. Follow her at the links below.

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Lisa-Marie Leihy is always ready for adventures! From outdoor activities to arts and cultural events, she is happy to explore all of Tampa Bay’s many offerings. Lisa-Marie serves as the original Social Mom for Tampa Bay Parenting, is a member of the Try It Team for WTSP Channel 10, and is a frequent contributor to the online family travel site Trekaroo. Follow her at the link below.

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Collin Sherwin is the editor of Bulls247.com, the largest independent website covering USF Athletics. Prior to joining the Bulls247 team last month 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.

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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.

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Make plans today to join us and our amazing judges this Saturday, October 3, at our annual tailgate taste fest 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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