Supporting the arts never tasted so good! On Saturday, April 21st, the all-you-can-eat-and-drink bash known as 'Best of Tampa Bay' at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts ​returns for its 33rd year! This year, event chair Sarah Kieny will showcase 50 restaurants, breweries, distillers, caterers and more along with four terrific bands and plenty of local favorites.

Revel under the stars along the Straz Center’s spectacular riverfront not only with unlimited food samplings but with a full open bar, specialty wine and beer tastings too. Your ticket to dine is all-inclusive at the Best of Tampa Bay! Prices start with General Admission at $95, and VIP is $150.

The Best of Tampa Bay Ticket Details

General Admission - Provides the all-inclusive food and beverage offered by the area's finest restaurants, breweries and caterers, open bar and live music with doors open at 7 p.m. Get your tickets to Tampa's Best Party now!

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VIP -  Includes early entrance to the evening beginning at 6 pm with access to all VIP private areas located throughout event grounds, all-inclusive food and beverage, open bar and live music. VIP is expected to sell out so be sure to grab your VIP TICKETS today! Note: Purchase is limited to 8 VIP tickets per person.

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Currently scheduled to serve their best are these signature establishments, click to see their 813area business pages and learn more!

American Social Bar

Anise Global Gastrobar

Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

Beach Bar Restaurant

Bellas Italian Grille

Birch and Vine

Blondie's Cookies Inc.

Blue Bell Ice Cream

The Brunchery

Columbia Restaurant

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant


Earl of Sandwich

Fitlife Foods

Fuzzy's Taco Shop - Brandon

Green Iguana South Westshore

Hula Bay

Jerk Hut Jamaican Grille & Rhum Bar

Kahwa Coffee

Krispy Kreme

LeAnne's Old Fashioned Cookies

Little Greek Restaurant

Maestro's At The Straz Performing Arts Center

Melitta Coffee

Miguel's Mexican Seafood & Grill

Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas

Mini Doughnut Factory

Njoy Spirits, Distillery

North Star Eatery

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Oystercatchers - The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay



PRP Wines International

Queen of Sheba Ethiopean Restuarant

Saddlebrook Resort

Sally O'Neal's Pizza

Seasons 52

Shells Seafood

Si-Am Thaimerican

Sprouts Farmers Market

Sunday's Mini Donuts and Ice Cream

Taco Bus

The Revolution Ice Cream Co.

Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen

Tijuana Flats

Timpano Italian Chophouse

Toffee To Go

Williamsburg Cucina Cafe y Bottega

WaterWorks Bar & Grill

Yummy House China Bistro

Bands scheduled to perform at Best of Tampa Bay

Shawn Scheller Band
Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band (Headliner)

Morsani Hall: 
Kayla Ember

Ferguson Hall: 
James Trevor Pannofino

About the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and Best of Tampa Bay

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts brings world-class artists to the stage and encourages the creation of new works. As a cultural gathering place, the Straz Center helps students of all ages reach their potential and build lifelong skills, nurtures young artists and provides resources to local organizations. The Straz Center provides life-changing experiences to enrich and strengthen our community. Since its inception Best of Tampa Bay, has generated more than $2.5 million thru fundraising efforts for arts education programs.

With the potential for more vendors to join this scrumptious night, you are sure to be sublimely satiated and pleasantly intoxicated by the presentations Best of Tampa Bay brings to the table! A sell-out in previous years, don't miss your chance to be part of this signature event and the best party in Tampa, Saturday, April 21st at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

All photos courtesy of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.