This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Tampa’s Best Party.” This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasts more than 40 of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurant and caterers, full open bars with specialty wine tasting, local craft microbrews and four stages of live music for one all-inclusive price! Since its inception, Best of Tampa Bay, the Straz Center’s signature fundraising event, has generated more than $2 million for arts education programs.


Bands include

Nick & Ari
Shane Meade & and the Sound
The Outpatients
Southern Train
Trae Pierce & the T Stone Band

Ticket pricing

  • $65 General Admission through April 3
  • $80 General Admission after April 3
  • $100 VIP Tickets through April 3
  • $125 VIP Tickets after April 3
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Located along the Straz Center’s spectacular riverfront, this event features food samplings from many of the Bay area’s finest restaurants and caterers. Ticket prices include unlimited food samplings, full open bar, specialty wine and beer tastings and live music.

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Presenting Sponsors

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Culinary Sponsor



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Media Sponsor

2015 Best of the Bay Committee

Event Chair: Dustin Applebaum

  • Dustin Applebaum
  • Jacqueline Ambrose
  • Keith Brown
  • Laina Caltigirone
  • Troy Carnrite
  • Cornelius Demps
  • Michele Dy
  • Jeremy Fairley
  • Jillian Feltham
  • Laura Fontanills
  • Ryan Freking
  • Holly Gershow
  • Sarah Glaser
  • Justin Gray
  • Kay Jefferson
  • Ashley Johnson
  • Karen Johnson
  • Nicole Johnson
  • Julie Johnston
  • Tamara Joseph
  • Beverly Kieny
  • Sarah Kieny
  • Tate Kubler
  • Jenny Matasic
  • Tiffany Love McElheran
  • Steve Mezer
  • Nicole Minard
  • Michael Muroff
  • Cam O'Neil
  • Angela Parone
  • Jon Philipson
  • Joe Reineman
  • Jared Resnick
  • Lesley Rudolph
  • Karla Stevenson
  • Brittany Tomkosky
  • Ashley Trehan
  • Debbie Viveiros
  • Jeffrey Zampitella