Nearly 40 fabulous restaurants including new entries are prepping their best dishes for the 2019 Taste of New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Sunday, March 24, 2019 at AdventHealth Center Ice. Doors open at noon. Additional restaurants are joining the line-up every day.
Last year’s top People’s Choice Award winners Ciccio’s Cali and Noble Crust are back this year competing against Bahama Breeze, Chuy’s, Pincher’s, Ava’s Low Country Cuisine, Dash of Salt ‘N Pepper and more. The beverage purveyors competing include 2018 winners 81 Bay and Zephyrhills breweries as well as Blue Chair Bay Rum, Coppertail Brewing, Time for Wine, Vom Fass and more. See the updated list at TasteOfNewTampa.org.
The 2019 People’s Choice winners will be determined by the weight of all tickets collected for their food samples. Finalists will be announced though social media and the TasteOfNewTampa.org on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Taste People’s Choice winners in both the food and beverage categories will be announced and applauded during the North Tampa Bay Chamber breakfast on April 2, 7:30 a.m., Pasco Hernando State College Porter Campus.
The Rotary Club of New Tampa is once again organizing this family friendly food fest. “AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has teamed up with us this year as our presenting sponsor. The Rotary Club of New Tampa has a fruitful relationship with AdventHealth going back to its inception as Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel,” said Craig Miller, 2018-19 club president. “They are one of our partners in the annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot and we’re thrilled they expanded their participation with the Taste of New Tampa & Wesley Chapel this year.”
“At AdventHealth, physical health is important, but to “feel whole” means taking care of the whole person, mind, body and spirit. That’s why AdventHealth Wesley Chapel is continuing our partnership with the Rotary Club of New Tampa by presenting the 2019 Taste. We are committed to improving the health and well-being of the community we serve,” said Denyse Bales-Chubb, President and CEO of AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.
New Tampa, Wesley Chapel and East Pasco residents have possibly seen the Taste promo on one of the Acme on the Go roving billboard trucks as they travel area roads. Troy Stevenson and his Acme team joined as a Prime Rib sponsor this year. And, of course, The Neighborhood News, rounds out the media sponsors at the King Crab level.
New Tampa Rotarians put the proceeds from last year’s fundraisers to good use giving away more than $46,000 to 31 local charities and The Rotary Foundation. Major contributions went to Feeding America Tampa Bay, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders, Freedom High Interact and Pasco Sheriff’s Charities. They also sponsored two high school scholarships through the North Tampa Bay Chamber. Proceeds from the 2019 Taste will again benefit local charities and high school scholarships sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Tampa and the North Tampa Bay Chamber.
Taste attendees may also glide around AdventHealth Center Ice. Showing a Taste ticket the day of the Taste and earns attendees FREE skate rental.
Sponsorships, restaurant sign-up, volunteer sign-up AND discount tickets available online now at TasteOfNewTampa.org.