St. Pete/Clearwater has long been known for its world-class arts scene, cuisine and beaches—and now, from November 15-17, 2013, a new three-day festival will celebrate these offerings in a big way. The first of what is planned to be an annual event will attract both a regional and national audience when the region’s dynamic winter season kicks into high gear.
Sense Immersion Dinner hosted by Todd English & Duncan McClellan
A kick-off to the festival weekend, this dinner will combine culinary arts with fine arts through teams of celebrated chefs and artists. Teams will present a one-of-a-kind menu inspired by the sensibility and style of each artist, accompanied by fine wines and spirits. Seated dinner.
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Time: 7-10 p.m.
Nocturnal Cravings hosted by Duff Goldman
A late-night dessert tasting party that celebrates Salvador Dalí’s art, and plays on his delicious lithograph, Les Pios Nonoches. The evening will feature notable regional pastry chefs and chocolatiers offering an array of desserts inspired by the artist’s work. A selection of fine wines and spirits will be served. Walk-around tasting.
Location: The Dali Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Pete. Time: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Grand Tasting Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
The centerpiece of the festival, the Grand Tasting will feature top regional culinary talent who will present tasty portions of their signature dishes, both savory and sweet. To top off this gourmet experience, fine wine and spirits will be poured.VIP tickets grant access to the VIP tent, where guests get a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs who will stop by throughout the day.
Location: Tented area at The Mahaffey Theater Plaza and Albert Whitted Park, Bay Shore Drive SE, St. Pete. Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Culinary Demonstrations by guest celebrity chefs & personalities
An exciting array of interactive culinary demonstrations led by guest celebrity chefs and personalities who will reveal their tricks of the trade. Demonstration-only, no tasting.
Location: Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. Time: 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Sip, Savor & Swing hosted by Ingrid Hoffmann
A Latin-inspired celebration featuring tastings from regional and guest celebrity chefs. Fine wines and spirits are not the only accompaniment - lively music will set the mood at the Vinoy Renaissance’s grand Palm Court Ballroom. Featured chefs will be on hand to present their dishes and interact with guests. Walk-around tasting.
Location: The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Pete. Time: 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Battle Of The ‘Burg hosted by Donatella Arpaia
Enjoy burgers at this afternoon poolside party, featuring St. Pete and the Bay Area’s most popular chefs and restaurants. Local celebrity judges, including HSN, Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman; Chairman of Bill Edwards Presents, Bill Edwards; I Love the ‘Burg blogger Brian Bailey; and host Donatella Arpaia, will crown the Best ‘Burger. Plus, attendees can cast their vote for a People’s Choice award winner. Music will make this a lively finale to a great weekend. Walk-around tasting.
Location: The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Treasure Island. Time: 1-4 p.m.
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