Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Tastefest 2018

One of Tampa’s favorite fall events, Tailgate Tastefest is returning to Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3:00pm-10:30pm.

Tailgate Tastefest is a showcase of the best Tailgate inspired food and beverages from popular Tampa Bay restaurants. There will also be two big screen LED TV’s broadcasting some of the biggest College Football Games of the day for fans to enjoy and really feel the “Tailgate Environment”. Entry is FREE for all guests but, to enjoy samples, a Sample Wristband is available: 5-Food Samples for $25 and 10-Food Samples for $35. To purchase tickets, click here to be redirected to the Tailgate Tastefest website.

Local restaurants that will be participating in the Tailgate Tastefest this year are listed below:

  • Little Donut House
  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • Nothing Bundt Cake
  • GrillSmith
  • Metro Diner
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
  • PDQ
  • Harpoon Harry’s CrabHouse
  • Yard of Ale-SOHO
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
  • American Social Bar & Kitchen
  • WTR Pool and Grille
  • MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Cheval Golf and Athletic Club
  • Willie Jewell’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q

There will be lots of live music to enjoy, featuring the following artists: Craig Campbell, Jimmie Allen, Skyler Clark and Randy McNeeley.

The Tailgate Tastefest will also have a Fan Zone featuring fun activities for fans of all ages. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning will have their street teams at the event, Cocoa-Cola will have samples and a fun zone with inflatables, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats and Sprouts Farmers Market will be on hand with samples as well and Polar Pad Mobile Cooling Stations will be available to help keep fans cool! If you are a fan of the ultimate tailgating activity, Corn Hole, there will be a Corn Hole Tournament for 16 teams and in anticipation for the NCAA Women’s Final Four that will be hosted here in Tampa in 2019, the Final Four Trophy will be on display for fan’s to take photos!

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is located at 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.


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