The seventh annual CABA Presents Taste of Carrollwood returns to Raymond James Stadium from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, when guests can enjoy fun, food, and activities at the family-friendly event.
With nearly 100 vendors, including over 25 Tampa area restaurants, there will be something for every member of the family. Throughout the event, interactive activities will include a scavenger hunt, where completed entries give adult attendees the chance to win a free Smart television. Guests can climb aboard the Raymond James Pirate Ship and enjoy in-crowd entertainers, Star Wars characters and the USF Herd of Thunder Performance Band.
“This year marks our second Taste of Carrollwood event at Raymond James Stadium, where we estimate between 3,000-5,000 people will join us on March 8,” said Nicholas Romer, CABA President. “A portion of the proceeds of the event is designated to benefit our CABA member, the American Cancer Society, an organization whose mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”
The Carrollwood Area Business Association (CABA) is Carrollwood’s foremost networking organization, with over 400 member representatives that represent a large variety of businesses in the Greater Carrollwood area. For over 30 years, CABA has provided area businesses with a voice and community to help ensure their growth.
CABA Presents Taste of Carrollwood is CABA’s annual signature event that first debuted at the India Cultural Center. Since CABA’s membership has grown exponentially over the past several years, a venue was needed that could accommodate more of its member businesses and restaurants. In 2017, the event moved to George M. Steinbrenner Field, the home of New York Yankees Spring Training and the Tampa Tarpons.
The family-friendly event continues to attract bigger crowds and more vendors each year, so in 2019, the event moved across Dale Mabry Highway to Raymond James Stadium. The larger venue allows attendees to enjoy activities throughout the stadium as well as sample food in the spacious, covered concourse.
A variety of local businesses and restaurants will be on hand at Taste of Carrollwood. Some of the participating restaurants include 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Affordable Catering, McDonald’s, Grain & Berry, Marlow’s Tavern, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Shells, Willie Jewell’s Old School B-B-Q and The Cake Girl.
“In addition to food samples and lots of giveaways from nearly 100 vendors, the Taste of Carrollwood encourages attendees to shop local, support local and eat local from many of Tampa’s finest restaurants,” said Danelle Castillo, CABA’s Board Liaison for Special Events.
Carrollwood continues to be a culinary destination as the area has experienced a renaissance of new restaurants along the Dale Mabry Highway corridor. Since the Carrollwood area is located in the center of several communities, including Westchase, Lutz, University Area, and Town ‘n’ Country, it’s a prime location for restaurants to establish themselves.
Attendees can enjoy free food samples, and drinks will be available for purchase at concession stands and at Bar 76. Located in the East Stadium Club, Bar 76 is a luxury sports bar that features a selection of 76 beers, including local craft beer.
Returning this year is the “Best of Taste of Carrollwood” awards. Attendees can cast their vote for Best Dessert/Sweets, Best Mains/Appetizers, Best Booth and Best Giveaway. Last year, attendees awarded Tiny Bites with Best Dessert/Sweets, Shells of Carrollwood with Best Mains/Appetizers and AdventHealth Carrollwood with Best Booth and Best Giveaway. Taste of Carrollwood tickets are $5 for adults and children under 18 are free. Tickets are required for entry to the Taste of Carrollwood and include free parking and entry to Bar 76. All sales are final. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at www.usecaba.com or at Raymond James Stadium on March 8. For more information, or to join CABA, visit the CABA website at www.usecaba.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call the CABA Office at (813) 264-0006.