Second Annual Tailgate Taste Fest Returns to Curtis Hixon Park On October 3

Second Annual Tailgate Taste Fest Returns to Curtis Hixon Park On October 3
TAMPA, FL -  The Vintage Beverages Tailgate Taste Fest, hosted by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) and the Event Development Institute (EDI), will take place this Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park.  This family-friendly event is free to the public to attend and will once again immerse attendees into the ultimate tailgate experience.

Twenty-one (21) restaurants from the Tampa Bay area will be cooking up delectable tailgate favorites. To enjoy these scrumptious tailgate delights, a wristband ticket or Vintage VIP pass must be purchased.  The five-sample wristband ticket is $20 (only $4 per sample).  The Vintage VIP pass is $75 and covers unlimited tastings, complimentary beverages (including alcohol) and access to the "Vintage VIP Lounge" for prime viewing of the main stage, video board as well as exclusive access to three VIP restaurants. Food sample tickets can be purchased online ( or onsite the day of the event. No outside food or drink is permitted.

There will be a variety of free entertainment and tailgate activity offerings for attendees of all ages.  Every tailgate needs football and during the entire event a giant video screen will be playing college football games.  Traditional tailgate games and activities such as cornhole will be setup.  The entertainment stage will feature Tampa Bay's very own Southern Train (3:00 p.m -6:00 p.m.) and the Red Sunday (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.).     
For the restaurants participating at this year's event It's not just about cooking up the food, as they will also be vying for the "The Judges Choice" honors.  An astute panel consisting of a social media gurus, foodies, bloggers, sports fanatics and Tampa Bay enthusiasts have been assembled to judge.   The four categories judged will be barbecue, chicken, sliders and sides.  The judges will critique taste, presentation and creativity for each sample. Through a voting tally, one winner from each category will be awarded "The Judges Choice."

Please note that the Vintage Beverages Tailgate Taste Fest is a cash-only event. An ATM will be available on location.  

Full restaurant lineup and their respective categories below. 
Bar 700 // Port-A-Pit Bar-B Que // Sonny's BBQ // Holy Hog
Bar 700 // Cuatro // Hooters // James Joyce Irish Pub // Jerk Hut // PDQ // Buffalo Wild Wings // Holy Hog

Cask Social Kitchen // Franklin Sports Bar and Grill // Rivers Edge // Shula's Steakhouse // Champions Sports Bar // Holy Hog

Franklin Sports Bar and Grill // Hablo Taco // Jerk Hut // The Pub // Splitsville // Holy Hog 
Haven // Sono Café // Firestick Grill