St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival this Friday! FREE Admission.

The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association will host the first St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival this Friday, November 3rd from 6PM-11PM at Albert Whitted Park, Downtown St. Petersburg, in collaboration with Carlos Eats and the City of St. Petersburg, Florida.

The event is FREE to attend. Food trucks will accept cash and most major credit cards.

The first 400 guests will receive a complimentary Asian folding hand fan. 400 lanterns will be spread around the event for your enjoyment. Live music will be performed by Acoustic Thunder (Covers 50’s to current). Tampa Taiko and a Lion Dance Troupe will be in attendance at the event.

Adult beverages will be available for purchase.

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Parking information:

These lots will be available in addition to Downtown St. Petersburg garages:

Albert Whitted Parking (adjacent to the event) – Take 1st Street SE. to Dali Blvd

Dali Museum Parking – Take 1st Street SE. to Dali Blvd

Al Lang Parking – Corner of 1st Street SE & 1st Ave SE

Participating food trucks: 

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What: St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival

Venue: Albert Whitted Park, Downtown St. Petersburg

Date & Time: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 6PM-11PM

Address: 480 Bayshore Dr SE St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Cost: FREE To attend

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1858715594391995/

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Spaddy’s Coffee Co. celebrates 1 year anniversary in Seminole Heights

Spaddy’s Coffee Co. will celebrate its 1 year anniversary on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 in Seminole Heights. I’ve been fan of Spaddy’s Coffee ever since I met the dude at the Seminole Heights Japan Festival. The staff is always friendly and the coffee and tea are always good.

The event will run all day starting at 10AM with coffee service beginning at 8AM as usual. Live music will play beginning at 11AM featuring ARi CHi, Mia Bury, and Jinx.

BBQ will be served all day courtesy of Ultimate Pavers. Ice cream will be available for purchase from Revolution Ice Cream. Mother Kumbucha will be there serving samples of their kombucha.

Giveaways will be held throughout the day for visitors.

Happy Birthday to Spaddy’s!

Event Name: Spaddy’s Coffee 1 Year Anniversary

Neighborhood: Seminole Heights

Address: 5206 N Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33603

Date & Time: Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 10AM-?

Cost: FREE to attend

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/109561206408319/

7venth Sun Tampa Grand Opening this weekend

Need plans this weekend? 7venth Sun will have their Tampa Grand Opening this weekend at their new Seminole Heights location located at 6809 North Nebraska Avenue on the corner of Sligh right next to The Mermaid Tavern.

The new building is 18,000 square feet and once was home to a skating rink according to the Tampa Bay Times. Pet owners: The outdoor patio is dog-friendly.

The main event will occur on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 11AM-1AM. Live music will be provided by Heavy Pets band at 7PM. There is no cost to attend.

Collaboration beers will be served with Green Bench, Escape, Mastry’s, Stations of the Craft, Hidden Springs, Cigar City, Angry Chair, and Cycle Brewing.

Here is the tap list:

Buddy Brew Coffee will have their food truck on-site and there will be coffee beer collaborations between the two as well as food served at their truck. The Ramen and Waffles Food Truck will be on-site as well serving food. Ramen and Waffles opened earlier this year.

Lowry Parcade will also have a pop-up at the event.

Exciting news indeed!

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Event name: 7venth Sun Tampa Grand Opening

Address: 6809 North Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604

Date & Time: Saturday, August 12th, 2017 11AM-1AM

Cost: Free to attend

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/152307801989109/

 

Orlando chefs host Filipino kamayan pop-up dinner

Three chefs in Orlando, Florida teamed up this past weekend to host a Filipino “kamayan” dinner called “Kamay or die” at The Guesthouse Bar on Mills Avenue.

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The chefs who hosted the event include:

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Kamayan is an eat-with-your-hands style feast that is popular in Filipino culture and has spread to the United States through a variety of pop-ups and restaurant dinners being held from California to New York City. Food is spread on banana leaves and no plates or silverware are traditionally provided.

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Dishes ranged from traditional Filipino food to Filipino-inspired food fare. Guesthouse bartenders served up Tiki cocktails to create a Pacific food feast experience.

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The menu included:

  • Rice
  • Adobo shrimp
  • Filipino style ribs
  • Whole fried snapper
  • Pinakbet
  • Bok choy
  • Baby octopus
  • Lechon Kawali (crispy fried pork belly)
  • Longanisa (Filipino sausage)
  • Lumpia (Filipino eggrolls)
  • Turon with vanilla ice cream covered in a purple ube coconut sauce

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Around 60 guests attended the feast. The chefs hope to host more events in the near-future.

Bloomberg noted last week that Filipino food is projected to have a great year in 2017 and Filipino food fans like myself are hopeful that this is just the beginning of Filipino dining to come.

San Francisco-based, Filipino-American, Chef Charleen recently won the Food Network show Chopped using Filipino cuisine to guide her to victory and winning the grand prize of $10,000.

Now to get some more Filipino food out west in Tampa Bay.

Photography courtesy of Jeff Kraus.

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally tonight!

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services.

Tonight (October 13th) is the monthly Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally from 6PM-9PM located at Munn Park – 201 East Main Street Lakeland, Florida 33801. The event is sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Downtown Lakeland, Auto-Owners Insurance, Fairchild, Addison and McKone Insurance Inc., and BioLife Plasma Services- Lakeland Florida Avenue.

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/982383938539184/

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Participating food trucks:

USF Homecoming XX Food Truck Rally

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services. Opinions posted are my own and do not represent the views of Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally or businesses listed.

On Friday I visited the University of South Florida Sun Dome for a food truck rally for USF Homecoming XX. Food trucks were spread around the event including Boom Boom BoxChurroland TampaJust Smokin BBQ, Kebablicious, SantoriniSawadee Thai Food, and WING BOX. Homecoming is one of USF’s longest traditions, dating back to 1964, the year after USF’s first graduating class.

Boom Boom Burger

First we stopped at Boom Boom Box food truck. It was hard to decide what to order – but their Boom Boom Burger looked appetizing so we decided to order it. Indeed, it was an extremely delicious burger down to the last bite and a large portion that would be filling for hungry food truck rally attendees. The sauce really makes this burger and definitely makes me want to try the other things on the menu that utilize it. The fries were also great.

Sawadee Thai Food Truck

Next we stopped at Sawadee Thai Food Truck, not to be confused with Sawatdee Thai Cuisine located on 56th Street by USF. I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of a Thai food truck – but we decided that a Pad Thai would be a quick way to judge whether the food was good at Sawadee.

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I was surprised with both the portion size and dedication to quality on Sawadee Thai Food Truck. It tasted just as good as a Pad Thai you can get in a Thai restaurant and the price was fair at around $7. The attention to detail was there and the owners at the food truck were really friendly and remembered a friend of mine who visited the truck over a year ago.

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One of the last things I tried was the noodles off the Sawadee Thai Food Truck. Also delicious and clear dedication to authentic cuisine. I’d definitely go back to this truck and try some other more exotic things in the future – they had quite a few choices and the prices were definitely inviting.

Overall, we had a blast wandering around the food truck rally trying different food at the rally and the weather was favorable thanks to Hurricane Matthew bringing in a cold front and lots of windy weather which is welcome after an extremely hot summer. This concluded our visit to the USF Homecoming XX Food Truck Rally.

Chamber of Terror Food Trucks October 2016

 

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services.

The American Victory Museum & Ship in Channelside is now transformed into a haunted house called the Chamber of Terror just in time for Halloween. The event is Florida’s only nautical themed haunted attraction. The haunted house forces you to go deep inside the ship where frights await around every corner.

The event is voted #1 by FloridaBestHaunts.com. Enjoy local food trucks during select dates of October during your visit

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Tickets range from $25-$40 for the haunted house and visitors have a choice between access to the haunted house and an IMMEDIATE DEMISE express line option and entry to the attraction. Closed toe shoes are recommended for the attraction – visitors are recommended not to wear high heels.

Parking is available nearby at the Channelside Parking Garage located at 615 Channelside Drive.

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Food Truck Schedule:

Event Name: Chamber of Terror

Venue: Victory Ship

Address: 705 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

Date: Select dates October 2016, 8PM-12AM

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/181750188924927/

Buy tickets: http://chamberofterrorfl.com/tickets.html

Website: http://chamberofterrorfl.com/

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck comes to Tampa Saturday!

Hello Kitty fans get excited because the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is rolling into Tampa for its first appearance on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 10AM-8PM at International Plaza & Bay Street across from Urban Outfitters located in the WestShore District of Tampa. Visit the truck while supplies last.

This mobile food truck offers a variety of Hello Kitty sweets and goodies to fans of all ages. The truck has traveled across the country since it made its debut in October 2014 at Hello Kitty con.

So, what will be available on this truck for fans?

  • 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set
  • Rainbow box macaroon set that includes a surprise Sanrio character design
  • 4-pack of mini cakes
  • Bow-shaped bottles of water
  • Hello Kitty Cafe mugs
  • Pink Hello Kitty t-shirts
  • Hello Kitty’s signature bow headbands
  • Limited-edition Hello Kitty for President cookies

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Follow the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Event Name: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck visits Tampa

Venue: International Plaza & Bay Street

Address: 2223 N. West Shore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 10AM-8PM

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/679536285555731/

Tostones, Inc. food truck opening next week

Tampa will have a new food truck hit the streets next week called Tostones, Inc Food Truck. Tostones, Inc. will serve a variety of dishes with tostones as the main ingredient. Tostones, for those who don’t know, are twice-fried green, ripe plantain slices – they are crispy and delicious and found in many Spanish speaking countries cuisine.

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Some tostones dish flavors to be sold on the truck include:

  • Beef Picadillo
  • Buffalo Chicken Wing
  • Chicken Salad
  • Latin Pork
  • Tostones Nachos

In addition, the food truck will sell a number of different sandwiches using the same toppings used in their tostones dishes with Cuban bread.

The Grand Opening of Tostones, Inc. will take place at Pierhouse at Channelside located at 1226 East. Cumberland Avenue Tampa, FL, 33602 on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 from 5PM-8:30PM. RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/1051203154971648/

To book Tostones, Inc. Food Truck call (813) 817-8239 or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tostonesinc

Flicks and Food Trucks next Thursday – 04/19

Flicks and Food Trucks is next Thursday, April 19th, 2012 from 6PM-10PM at The Grand Central at Kennedy (1208 E. Kennedy Blvd 33602). Parking is available at the parking garage located at the Grand Central at Kennedy. The event is sponsored by Tampa Bay Markets. Make sure to bring cash in case some food trucks are cash-only.

10-15 food trucks will be in attendance at this event. Short films and live music will rotate every 1/2 hour and local beer will be provided by the Pour House in the courtyard at Grand Central. Rob Irie will be performing live music. I haven’t had the chance to make it out to this event yet, but hope to check it out in the future.

More information available at: http://www.tampabaymarkets.com/flicks-and-food-trucks