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Bromley, one of the finalists of the Patriotic Paw Walk at the Tampa Red White & Blue Festival

Tampa, FL., July 8, 2019The Tampa Red White & Blue Festival presented by Blue Bunny Ice Cream brought lots of All American family fun, food, and free ice cream to its new location at Grand Central at Kennedy and Madison Street.

After waiting for the rain to cease, the event kicked off in grand style with a warm welcome by dogs all across the Bay in their red, white and blue strolling down Madison Street for the Patriotic Paw Walk. A new and unique feature of the event this year, the walk which was hosted by New Barker Magazine had the crowd in awe and adoration. Swag bags filled with goodies were awarded to all participating dogs owners and special prizes were issued to the best dressed dogs which included a cute yorkie name Bromley who came strolling on a wagon in red, white, and blue.

The Best Dressed Kids Contestants were too cute

Just when everyone thought the cuteness ended with the dogs, the event later welcomed a Best Dressed Kid contest highlighting our tiniest patriots, and later the the youngest people in the city displaying independence, literally. That’s right, the festival brought to stage four of Tampa’s top kid bosses for the 2nd staging of the Tampa Kids CEO Award.

Among this years awardees were - 8 year old Antonio Jackson - Owner of Tony’s Tea, 7 year old Emily Gorman - Owner of Adorna Vida, 7 year old Bentley Rogers - Patient Ambassador of Shriners Hospital for Children, and 11 year old Jordan Parramore of Jordan’s Juice Bar. All four CEOs were thrilled with the opportunity to sell their featured products at the festival and was acknowledged on stage with gifts and certificates from City Festivals to congratulate them. The Top Kid CEO of the Year, Emily Gorman which was determined by online public voting championed with an additional award presented by I9 Sports.

The celebration continued in the streets with giveaways including free ice cream from Blue Bunny, Sunpass top ups, and live performances by local sensation, Sweetiee Keedy, Tara B, F & R Band, and Trumpeter, Jevon Falcon.

Among the crowd engaging activities for the evening was the intense Family Food Eating Contest where the WILD 94.1 Family vs The Gabby Family were given a variation of All - American bites from featured vendors with the goal of feeding each other faster than the other team. A hard-earned tie resulted in an epic dance battle that will go down in festival history!

Admission to the festival was free for all guests and is set to return next year to bring joy to your 4th of July!

The Tampa Red White & Blue Festival is made possible, thanks to the hardworking team of City Festivals and the sponsorship of community supporters including Grand Central at Kennedy, Sunpass, CBD American Shaman, Tmobile, El Dorado Furniture, New Barker, Club Wydhnam, Top Golf, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Pina Power, and this year’s presenting sponsor Blue Bunny Ice Cream!

The Florida Vegan Gourmet Food Festival

Contributor: Monica M. Medina

The City Festivals Team is gearing up to bring to something completely different to the Florida region - The Florida Vegan Gourmet Food Festival!

That's right, you heard it here! So if you are looking for a little excitement this summer while exploring the beauty of veganism, join us on Saturday, July 27th and let your taste buds sing with flavor as you indulge in a variety of gourmet vegan cuisines.

The celebration will feature dishes prepared by locally skilled chefs including chefs from On the Go Gourmet, Farmacy Vegan Kitchen, Good Mood Food, and Oh My Cod Vegan Seafood. For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be a variety of pastry chefs including from Brazilian Fun Foods, Gaia Donuts, Oopsy Daisy Sweets and more!

In addition to all the amazing food, guests will enjoy free live cooking demos from step by step guidelines on how to create the best Football Sunday appetizers and a flavorful vegan dinner in less than 30 minutes.

Relax in the garden with all your yummy things and get comfy on your blankets where you can enjoy the captivating ambiance of nature and music.

Perusing the park, you’ll find tons of ways to celebrate healthy living. Ask questions about veganism and clean eating during fun, educating workshops. Discover vegan friendly businesses offering art, jewelry and handmade textiles as well as organic farmers supplying fresh produce and fruit trees for planting.

Keep the good time going! Take your tribe to vibe in Hot Yoga and Meditation classes. Bring your mat, lounge attire and Zen-out with fellow yogis. Then, hydrate with plenty of refreshing beverages to choose from like CBD American Shaman's infused beverages, natural smoothies from Smoothie Operator and fresh coconuts from Coco2Go.

Whether you live the vegan lifestyle, have a love for food or just want to bask in a good time, come celebrate your best life at The Florida Vegan Gourmet Food Festival.

Location: 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Admission: $8, Free for Children under 12.

Parking: Free across the street.

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