Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival

1st Annual International Wine & Food Festival is success.

The 1st annual Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival took place at the beautiful Don CeSar Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach from May 17-19th and featured noted winemakers, premier wines, and local and internationally acclaimed chefs preparing fabulous dishes. The event exceeded expectations in drawing huge crowds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine was a proud sponser of this 1st annual event hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of

Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network's "Dinner:  Impossible" prepares for the Titanium Chef Competition.
Florida and Abilities Foundation; the event raised $250,000 for its co-host and charitable beneficiary, the Abilities Foundation.  "We are very pleased and extremely grateful," said Frank De Lucia, President and CEO of the Abilities Foundation. "Southern Wine & Spirits has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation, and this event helped raise awareness for our services benefiting people with disabilities."

Next year's festival is scheduled for May 15-17, 2008 and it promises to be bigger and better, with more celebrity chefs and expanded tastings. For information, visit www.tampabaywineandfoodfestival.com.

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