Tampa Downtown Market Opens in New Location on Sunday, October 13
Tampa, FL (October 7, 2013) – Get ready for a new feel to the Tampa Downtown Market, presented by GTE Financial, as the sixth season kicks off on Sunday, October 13. So, what’s new?
* New Location, Location, Location – The market moves to the canopy-shaded lot of 601 N. Ashley, directly across from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park! The new venue offers easy access to the park’s events, and free on-street parking, and affordable parking across the street at Poe Garage.
* New Vendors – In addition to popular, returning vendors, new vendors will add to the mix! New or returning, “fresh and local” is the theme! Some of the Market’s returning vendors are: Rudy’s Produce and Organics, Fresh Baked German Bread, Orange Blossom Eggs, Vspicery, Eden’s Nectar, and so many more. Also new, is Duckweed Urban Market will be featuring a mobile gazebo – a sampling of what this downtown store’s wares. Some of the distinctive, new vendors include AM Acre Farms selling goat cheese and milk, goat bath products, baked goods; family-owned Glory’s Trio Gourmet Jams; Muffin Mama TM uses natural nutrient ingredients, and offers vegan, lactose free and gluten free products; and get ready for La Petite France’s famous crepes, Kahwa Coffee’s fresh, steaming soups, and Paper Crane Convections homemade whoopee pies.
Coming soon: Many of the market vendors will soon be able to accept the SNAP program EBT Food Cards within the next few weeks! Stay tuned for more details.
* Under New Management – The Tampa Downtown Partnership has secured Big City Events as the new market management team who will bring exciting new changes to the Market. Big City Events is a Tampa based special events company, specializing in large-scale festivals and cutting-edge events, such as Tampa Bay Margarita Festival and the Summer of Rum Festival, both drawing sold-out crowds of over 5,000 each.
Big City Events will be adding a Non Profit First Sunday Day, where nonprofits will raise money with a fun activity that will be revealed soon. Themed foods and activities will revolve around holidays and events at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The Market on October 13 will feature an Oktoberfest theme in honor of the Oktoberfest event taking place in the park, with some mouthwatering Oktoberfest fare.
* New Themes and New Activities – With the new management in place, you can expect some exciting new activities and entertainment, with some themed in honor of events taking place in Curtis Hixon Park, while keeping the family and pet friendly atmosphere intact.
* New Presenting Sponsor – GTE Financial is onboard this season as the Market’s new Presenting Sponsor. “GTE is excited to support the Market and their new location at 601 N. Ashley which is where our new Downtown Community Financial Center will be later this year,” says Joe Brancucci, GTE’s president and CEO.
The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY of the Tampa Downtown Market
Who: A product of Tampa Downtown Partnership, operated by Big City Events
What: Tampa Downtown Market, presented by GTE Financial
When: Every Sunday – October 13, 2013 to May 25, 2013 from 10am to 3pm
Where: The canopied lot of 601 N. Ashley Drive -across the street from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Why: Tampa Downtown Market serves as a vibrant weekend community gathering place where local farmers, businesses and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh goods and related products directly to consumers. The Market generates a sense of local pride and furthers the economic development of Downtown Tampa by providing a pleasant, safe, and festive atmosphere.
The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.