The India International Film Festival (IFF) of Tampa Bay selects a small sampling of more than 1,000 films produced in India each year to demonstrate that the most prolific film industry in the world is more than just masala musicals. Like the culture from which they spring, the films speak in a lush polyglossia of English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, Kashmiri—but the common language of humanity unites them all, whether the subject is Down syndrome, terrorism, patriotism, or simply losing yourself to spiritual bliss. Opening-night ceremonies and filmmaker Q&As round out the schedule of events, offering a more immersive movie experience than watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 3-D.
Nothing says summer like the taste of fresh strawberries, which means Florida Strawberry Festival showcases summer in abundance. Strawberries fill baskets, comprise cream-covered desserts, and grow in green patches throughout the festival. Here are just a few of the many opportunities to experience the strawberry explosion:
Try a pizza with graham cracker crust, cream cheese, strawberry slices, and glaze
Ask a farmer about strawberry cultivation from field to fruit tart
Take a photo with the festival mascot, Mr. Berry
Compete in the strawberry-shortcake-eating contest
Go for a spin on the berry-go-round
The family friendly Riverhawk Music Festival gathers folks together to camp out in RVs and listen to country, blues, and other Americana musical acts on three stages. When not listening to music, families can participate in the costume parade, go on hayrides, play games, make crafts, and hang out at the rustic campground. Kids, with just a little help from mom and dad, also get a chance to sell their homemade wares at Kids' Vendor Row.
The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.
Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.
For one day, Temple Terrace welcomes more than 20 breweries to showcase the beer-fruits of their labor, doling out samples and talking shop with curious drinkers. Visitors will enjoy unlimited samplings in their souvenir pilsner glasses, and can purchase food from any of a handful of vendors that will be onsite. There's also live music throughout the day, creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere for sipping.
The Tampa Bay International Curry Festival now doles out thousands in cash prizes to professional and amateur chefs competing in its curry cook-off, but it started out as a friendly family competition. In 2008, Drs. Sadhana and Ram Ramcharran thought it would be fun to have a curry cook-off at their family reunion. But they were surprised to find out that each of their family members prepared their curries differently and wondered how much more variety there could be in kitchens around the world. Three years later they got the chance to find out when their dream—and not the one about sharks developing legs—came true.
Today thousands of people gather at the festival to taste curries and watch chefs create curries representing more than 20 countries compete to be the grand curry champion. The family-friendly event also invites guests to listen to live music, play in bounce houses, watch performers, and visit more than 50 vendor booths.