St. Petersburg is gearing up for a three-day food and wine festival in November that is expected to draw in over 5,000 foodies. There will be culinary delights, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs and a contest to see who makes the city’s best hamburger. The details of the culinary event were announced at the Mahaffey Theater by Bill Edwards, Mayor Bill Foster and the director of Visit St. Pete Clearwater DT Minich. Not only will St. Pete be known for world-class beaches and exemplary art, it will take on a new reputation of a world-class culinary destination. The much-anticipated event will kick off on November 15 and take place at a variety of venues, including the Mahaffey Theater, the Club at Treasure Island, Renaissance Vinoy Resort and the Museum of Fine Arts.
World renowned chefs such as Masaharu Morimoto, Duff Goldman, and Scott Conant are sure to bring their culinary talents to St. Petersburg in November for the inaugural E.A.T. St. Pete food, art and wine festival. Other great chefs include Ingrid Hoffmann, Ming Tsai, Todd English and Donatella Arpaia.
Todd English has more than 15 restaurants nationwide, including two on Cunard cruise ships. Baltimore baker Duff Goldman came to national prominence on the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes.” Ming Tsai was one of the first chef-hosts on the Food Network and now has a show on the Fine Living Network. With big names and big hopes, the event planners feel that this food event will rival the Food Network South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Even though E.A.T. St. Pete comes on the heels of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, it is expected to draw a crowd of its own.
A portion of the proceeds from E.A.T. St. Pete will go toward Florida ProStart, which is a program designed to help students interested in the restaurant and food service industry.
Photo courtesy of EAT St. Pete Festival’s Facebook page.
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