Join us at “Tampa’s Best Party!” This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasts more than 40 of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and caterers, full open bars with specialty wine tastings, local craft microbrews and 5 live bands for one all-inclusive price! Since its inception 32 years ago, Best of Tampa Bay, the Straz Center’s signature fundraising event, has generated more than $2.5 million for arts education programs. To view photos of the 2016 event, visit our Shutterfly account:
Supporting the arts never tasted so good.


2017 Bands

To Be Announced

Ticket pricing

  • $75 General Admission*
  • $125 VIP Tickets*
  • *Ticket prices subject to change.
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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.

2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor




gourmet Sponsor



Media Sponsor

2017 Best of tampa Bay Committee

Event Chair: Tiffany Love McElheran*

  • Dustin Applebaum*
  • catherine bennett
  • Carolina Blanco
  • Troy Carnrite*
  • Cornelius Demps
  • Jillian Feltham*
  • Ryan Freking*
  • Holly Gershow*
  • yolyvee gordon
  • sarah glaser
  • justin gray*
  • jessica hall
  • Kay jefferson
  • karen johnson*
  • julie johnston
  • beverly kieny
  • sarah kieny*
  • tate kubler
  • francesca labrake
  • angela lanza
  • drew lincoln
  • jenny matasic*
  • karla stevenson mastracchio
  • tiffany love mcelheran*
  • jason medina
  • steve mezer*
  • michael muroff*
  • cameron o'neill*
  • lisa pagano
  • jason quintero
  • joe reineman
  • ashley trehan
  • debbie viveiros
  • jeffrey zampitella
  • *producers board member