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.
The next time you head to Sarasota, don't forget a dosage of culture within the walls of Sarasota Medieval Fair.
At Sarasota Medieval Fair, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
If you're looking to learn more about a certain tradition or culture, you can do just that at Sarasota Medieval Fair.
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.
For 35 years, the Tampa Greek Festival has celebrated the cultural heritage of Greece. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosts the festival, which boasts authentic Mediterranean-style cuisine and pastries and an evening of live music and dance performances, plenty of shopping, a fun kids area and educational tours covering the history of the Orthodox faith.
Munch on a gyro, braised lamb shank, herb lemon chicken, stuffed grape leaves, greek salad, and much more while enjoying the Grecian Gardens outdoor oasis or the bounce houses and rides in the kids area. The nearby Opa! Party tent serves a variety of imported spirits and booths set up across the lawn sell everything from wearable Greek art to wooden puzzles. All night, listen to John Demas & The Omega Project keep the festive atmosphere alive with live music featuring Demas's mesmerizing bouzouki playing with the entire family.
The Fanboy Expo, like stepping through the screen of a blockbuster superhero movie, brings comic and movie fans face-to-face with their favorite characters, actors, and artists. For two days, costumed attendees hob-nob with a Sontaran, talk shop with Buffy's James Marsters, or chat with Adam West and Burt Ward about whether Gotham will ever be a nice place to live. In addition to meeting celebrities from silver and small screen sci-fi and fantasy hits, comic book fans can also pick their favorite artist and creator's brain, snagging an autograph in the process. Should they find themselves in need of a new action figure or collectable t-shirt, fans can make their way to a number of merchandise and memorabilia dealer booths throughout the event space.