Chefs often describe the pairing of fare and wine as the height of culinary potential, yielding even more unexpected pleasures than eating sashimi while riding down a slip ‘n’ slide. Slide down gourmet pathways with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $75, you get two general admission tickets to Savor’s Tampa Bay Food and Wine Experience at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (a $150 value). Guests may pick up their tickets at will-call beginning at 11 a.m.
The penultimate verse of Savor’s five-day ode to gourmet cuisine and wine, Saturday’s The Grande Experience gives the general public a privileged peek behind the kitchen doors of its renowned vintners, spirit producers, and local chefs. As they wander around a 40,000-square-foot tent specially designed to lock in the aromas of sizzling meats and freshly popped champagnes, couples can table hop via pogo stick between restaurant exhibits or simmer in the sauces of edification at a tasting village seminar. With hundreds of wine varieties, a beer garden in full bloom, and a bevy of homegrown restaurateurs passing around samples, guests will have little space remaining on their plates and in their jewel-studded goblets.
When the showcases are over and pockets are stuffed to their brims with samples, the emerald meadows and riverfront breezes of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park make for a pleasant evening stroll. Though the sun may set on satisfied taste buds, the Food and Wine Experience will continue to exert its influence on Florida’s local flavor; proceeds from the event benefit culinary and hospitality scholarship programs throughout the Sunshine State.
Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID.