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Want to try the food at a bunch of restaurants in Tampa Bay but don't want to visit them all? Visit a local taste event and sample dishes from many of the restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.

1. Taste of New Tampa 3/11/12

The Taste of New Tampa is scheduled for Sunday, March, 11, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event is held for local residents to enjoy a day of sampling, sipping and mingling. The Taste of New Tampa has been a tradition since 1993.

The 2012 Taste of New Tampa will be hosted at Wharton High School. Proceeds from the event will benefit chamber projects to promote businesses in the New Tampa area and non-profit organizations, such as PTAs and boy scout troops who help make this event possible every year.

According to the organizers behind the Taste of New Tampa, "You'll get to taste samples of signatures dishes, tantalizing desserts, delicious and diverse offerings from the top participating restaurants, ice cream shops, cafes and other local businesses."

For more information, including ticket prices once they come available, please visit the Taste of New Tampa website.

2. 23rd Annual Temple Terrace Business Expo 3/13/2012

More a business expo than an actual "taste" event, the annual Temple Terrace business expo does still feature food samplings from several local restaurants and eateries. This year's event will be held at the Galleria at USF Research Park Managed by Embassy Suites at 3802 Spectrum Blvd. in Tampa. The time for the event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and be sure to be on the lookout in the area because complimentary VIP admission tickets will be distributed to the business community.

3. Taste of South Tampa 4/15/12

*Note*This info has been pulled directly from the Taste of South Tampa page*

Tickets are now available for purchase for the Sixth Annual Taste of South Tampa, sponsored by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Hyde Park Village. Like past year’s events, attendees should expect a day full of delicious food and live entertainment in the beautiful setting of Hyde Park Village.

Unlike other tasting events that charge per taste, the Taste of South Tampa offers its attendees all-inclusive food and beverage with their admission. Attendees will get the opportunity to sample menu items from an assortment of South Tampa restaurants. Water and soft drinks will be available, as well as beer provided by Dos Equis and wine provided by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly for those of drinking age with proper identification. With advance purchase, regular admission tickets are $35 per person, or $20 for ages 11 to 20. Kids 10 and under receive free admission. On the day of the event, ticket prices increase $5, pending availability.

This year, we are proud to introduce some exciting additions to the event including chance drawing ticket sales for a variety of prizes including a chauffeured night on the town in a Bentley and furniture items from Ashley Furniture. A voting system will also be in place for one lucky restaurant to be awarded the title of “Best of the Taste of South Tampa.”

We are also really excited to bring back our air-conditioned VIP Lounge this year! For a second year in a row, our team has revamped the VIP area so those who choose to upgrade can “taste” in style and comfort. For an additional $15, VIP attendees will be able to enjoy wine and champagne provided by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, complimentary chair massages by Massage Envy, free photos from ShutterBooth, and furniture to relax on while admiring art from local artisans. As in prior years, VIP tickets are limited and are expected to sell-out far in advance of the event.

Our title sponsor for this event is Older, Lundy & Weisman, Attorneys at Law. Additional sponsors such as The St. Petersburg Times, tbt*, Play 98.7, and Verizon Fios make this event possible; which has in past years raised over $25,000 for local charities. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Best Buddies Tampa Bay, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Michael J. Cruz Fund, which distributes monetary donations back to the community.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or media inquiries, please contact Monica Varner at (813) 786-7480 or via e-mail at info@TasteofSouthTampa.com.

4. Taste the Best of Tampa Bay 4/21/12

The Straz Center will host an event called Taste the Best of Tampa Bay on Saturday, April, 21, at 7 p.m. Held at the Straz Riverwalk in downtown Tampa, this event brings together more than 50 local restaurants to one location for guests to sample the best things these places have to offer. During the taste event there is live entertainment inside the Straz Center lobbies as well as along the Riverwalk for guests to enjoy. 2011 pricing was $65-$85 per guests and 2012 prices are to be announced.

In 2011 the event raised $2 million for the Straz Center. The idea behind the event is to raise money for the Straz Center to develop new programs and keep the business running. Call the Special Events Department at 813.222.1037 for more information.

5. A Taste of Pinellas 5/4-6/2012

A Taste of Pinellas is an annual food and music festival for the whole family, held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg Florida. A Taste of Pinellas features tastes from top local restaurants, live music from national acts, a family fun Zone and much more! A Taste of Pinellas is for a great cause, too as proceeds from A Taste of Pinellas go to the All Children's Hospital Telethon.

This year's event will feature entertainment from Big & Rich, Sheryl Crow, The All-American Rejects, Joe Nichols, Ziggy Marley and a Solo Acoustic Performance by Dashboard Confessional.

The 2012 A Taste of Pinellas will be held from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6, 2012. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of on Friday and Saturday; $15 in advance and $20 the day of on Sunday; Weekend general admission to get in all three days is $45 (advance purchases only); children are free; VIP Luxury seating is $150 per person or $300 for the weekend (advance purchases only).

6. Taste of Safety Harbor January 2013

Although the 2012 event has already passed, the Taste of Safety Harbor is an annual event spotlighting the local businesses of Safety Harbor. Tickets were $25 in advance or $30 at the door and the event was held at 5:30 p.m. on a Monday evening. Features of the 2012 event included samplings of appetizers, entrees, desserts and wine from 19 food and beverage vendors from Safety Harbor and surrounding areas. Proceeds benefited the event's sponsor, the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
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