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Oktoberfest Tampa 2016 this weekend!

UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Matthew – Friday’s schedule is cancelled for Oktoberfest Tampa – However Saturday and Sunday will proceed and Friday VIP ticket holders will be able to use their tickets on Sunday. More info is available on their Facebook listed above.

The 7th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa will occur this upcoming weekend from October 7th to October 9th, 2016. Participants will celebrate German culture and enjoy entertainment and German food and beer on Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The event is presented by Goose Island Beer Company, Audi Tampa, and Are You Safe.

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There will be daily Ceremonial Keg Tappings, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and Mustache competition on Saturday, and some good ol’ chicken dancing every day.The event is family-friendly and pet-friendly. Oktoberfest Games are FREE to play for all.

Sponsors include Goose Island, Audi, Coppertail Brewing Co., Creative Loafing Tampa, Pepin Distributing, Barrymore Hotel, Victory Brewing Co., Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, Jack Bernstein, The Eagle 107.3, and Aloft Tampa.


Get Tickets

Tickets are on-sale and are $10 for 1 day General-Admission and $25 for Weekend General Admission passes, plus applicable fees. Buy GA tickets: http://bit.ly/2dzH4DB

VIP tickets range from $100-$150 and includes a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, no lines, complimentary refills on beer, wine, or pop, König’s Feast (full-plate of food plus a pretzel), table-side service (food delivered to you), air-conditioned VIP restrooms, VIP box office, a VIP shade tent with private bar, VIP concierge, and bottle service.

Use promo code CARLOSEATS and get $10 off VIP at Oktoberfest Tampa. Buy VIP tickets: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/vip

FREE ENTRY for any Military members (active or retired) & Tampa First Responders (TPD, TFD, EMS) and significant other — simply show proper ID at the front gate.

Event re-entry will be allowed at the event and wristbands will be tied to each day. Cash or Credit Card accepted on site (VISA, MC, AmEx, Discover) and ATMs will be on-site.


Food & Drinks

Beer will cost $5 a Half-Liter and $10 for a Liter. You must have a commemorative Stein in order to purchase 1 Liter.

Oktoberfest Tampa

Beer line-up:

  • Goose Island Oktoberfest
  • Blue Point Brewery Oktoberfest
  • Victory Brewing Company Festbier
  • Beck’s Brewery Pilsner
  • Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel by Coppertail Brewing
  • Coppertail Brewing Co – Wheat Stroke
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company – craft firkins (daily)
  • Hidden Springs Ale Works (frikin tapping Sunday)
  • O’Douls – cans

Wine:

  • Riesling (Chateau St. Michelle)
  • Gewürztraminer (Chateau St. Michelle)
  • Merlot (Clos du Bois)

Coppertail Brewing Co. will unveil a new beer at Oktoberfest Tampa – a German style dunkel.

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Food will include a variety of traditional German food fare such as chicken schnitzel, traditional bratwurst, Sauerbraten (German-style pot roast), German pretzels, cucumber salad, traditional potato salad, sauerkraut, Spätzle, and a variety of bratwurst including Nurmberger Bratwurst, Frankfurter, Debreziner, and Currywurst.


Schedule:

Friday – 4PM-11PM

Saturday – 11AM-11PM

Sunday – 11AM-6PM


Event Name: Oktoberfest Tampa

Venue: Curtis Hixon Park

Address: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Date & Time: Friday, October 7th, 4PM-11PM, Saturday, October 8th, 11AM-11PM, Sunday, October 9th, 11AM-6PM

Cost: $10-$150, Kids ages 12 and under FREE

Website: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/

Twitter: @OktoberfestTPA #beerisgood

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1047043435347720/

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Sushi Battle Tampa Bay 2016 Recap

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Big City Events. I have been compensated for my time and writing and am involved in the event discussed in this post. I helped to promote the event and was a Judge during the event for the restaurants. These opinions posted in this blog are my own and do not represent the views of Big City Events or the participating restaurants.

Last night was the 2nd Annual Sushi Battle Tampa Bay presented by Sapporo at the St. Pete Coliseum located on 4th Avenue North in Downtown St. Petersburg. Restaurants participated in a competition for who has the Best Sushi in Tampa Bay with a category decided by the audience and one decided by judges. Sake distillers hosted a special tasting upstairs and group sake bombs were enjoyed downstairs. The event was organized by Big City Events.

 

Participating restaurants included Ocean Prime, YO! Sushi, Pisces Sushi and Global Bistro, iThai Sushi, Kona GrillYume Sushi Restaurant, Wabi Sabi Fusion Cafe, and Ciccio/Water. Restaurants provided sushi samples to guests while they enjoyed Japanese cultural performances from Tampa Taiko, a live DJ set from DJ Fresh, sumo wrestling, and other festivities.

 

Each restaurant brought something different to the table and the event definitely evolved from the year before with a larger venue and and a more controlled audience. Most of the restaurants also did good planning and many of them were still serving sushi samples well into the final parts of the event. The categories for judging the sushi were presentation, creativity, and taste for event judges. In addition, there was a people’s choice award.

 

I was torn between Ocean Prime and Wabi Sabi Asian Fusion as my two favorite sushi spots as a judge at the event. Ocean Prime has such delicious sushi rolls, the quality was really there – but the creativity was a little bit mixed for me. They went with a more traditional kind of sushi roll at least as far as the design goes. Wabi Sabi Asian Fusion provided 5 different types of sushi to people at their booth and each one showcased creative sushi chef talent that I really enjoyed. I want to definitely take a trip to Palm Harbor sometime to visit Wabi Sabi in the near future.

 

Another top choice for me at the event was Pisces Sushi and Global Bistro, they brought a truly delicious sushi roll to the event. It was somewhere between the delicious taste of Ocean Prime and the creativity of Wabi Sabi for me. Pisces ended up winning the judges category of the competition.

I was actually unaware that Ocean Prime served sushi prior to being involved in this event. Regardless of my top choices – all the restaurants did a good job and provided more than your California Roll to the event – many restaurants provided multiple options which was great for the consumer and there was variety in the types of fish presented.

 

Tampa Taiko stole the show again and provided excellent Japanese taiko drumming performances throughout the event. I’ve been working with Tampa Taiko on events since I was part of the Japanese Club at USF back in 2009 and they have always been a supportive community member that puts everything they have into their work.

The Japanese Club participated in the event again and tabled with the help of the Japanese-America Society of Tampa Bay and shared a booth with the Foodies Club that helped spread the event on social media using the hashtag #SushiBattle on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Overall, the Sushi Battle Tampa Bay improved from last year and in my opinion it was a fun night filled with a variety of food, drinks, and entertainment. I’m looking forward to seeing where the event goes in the future and am thankful to everyone who helped make it a success for a second year in a row. It can only go up from here.

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Sushi Battle Tampa Bay 2016 happening this Thursday!

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Big City Events. I have been compensated for my time writing this article and am involved with the event planning. In addition, I will be judging the participants at the event and am being compensated for my involvement. I personally love sushi and any opinions represented below are my own.

This coming Thursday, September 29th, 2016 is the Sushi Battle Tampa Bay presented by Sapporo Beer at The Coliseum (535 4th Avenue North St. Petersburg, Florida) at 6:30PM. The event is organized by Big City Events. Restaurants will battle it out for who has the Best Sushi in Tampa Bay while attendees enjoy sushi samples and activities.

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Tickets are $45 in advance for General Admission and $75 in advance for VIP in advance. This event will SELL OUT as tickets are limited so if you want to attend, I would recommend purchasing a ticket in advance. There is also a $20 sake tasting ticket available. Purchase tickets from Ticketfly: http://ticketf.ly/2cuRdVW

Attractions include Tampa Taiko drummers, sumo wrestling, sake tastings, group sake shots, karaoke, live DJ music, group sake bomb, and a screening of the Godzilla movie. The USF J-Club will also be tabling at the event.

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/259912931034738/

Here is a video from last year’s Sushi Battle:

Some participating restaurants include:

Hope to see you there!