Tampa Bay, Florida’s Most Exciting Destination, plays hosts to incredible culinary experiences. On your journey here in Tampa Bay, jump into our rich history in Historic Ybor City. Experience the oldest restaurant in Florida, The Columbia Restaurant, and taste the flavors of Cuba and Spain. Venture over to the Channel District to JOTORO and taste the innovative flavors of Michelin Star chef, Joe lsidori. Just two steps away is Sparkman Wharf where you can take in the view of the Garrison Channel and walk our 2.7-mile Tampa Riverwalk to explore downtown.
Continue your journey down the Tampa Riverwalk to take in the beautiful waterfront views all the way to Heights Public Market in Armature Works. There you can eat from 18 unique dining options and shop local goods. Just a few feet over is Ulele, where you can dine on their exquisite cuisine while taking in the suns et.
Discover Tampa Bay’s top attractions such as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and ride Tigris, the tallest launch coaster in Florida. Dive into Florida’s aquatic ecosystems from the inland springs to the Gulf of Mexico at The Florida Aquarium. Take on the hungry giraffes at ZooTampa at Lowry Park and over 2,000 animals in natural exhibits . Head over Hyde Park Village and shop in beautiful local boutiques and dine in excellent restaurants such as Meat Market Tampa or historic Goody Goody. As the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay is home to incredible adventures, world-class chefs, and great weather. Get ready to unlock Tampa Bay.
Day 1 - Welcome!
Located in Tampa, Florida, the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Elevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar signature restaurant; EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection ® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).
Florida’s oldest restaurant fills an entire block in the heart by Ybor City, Tampa Bay’s historic Latin Quarter. Since 1905, the Gonzmart family has operated the restaurant, expanding it over the years from a bar and sandwich shop to more than 1,700 seats. Six nights a week, the restaurant features Flamenco dancing.
2 p.m. – Explore the Historic Latin Quarter on the Ybor City Walking Tour
Ybor City Historic Walking Tours
Stroll La Setima, the heart of Ybor City, Tampa Bays Latin Quarter and home to 130-plus years of history. From its founding in 1885, Ybor City flourished as a global center for cigar manufacturing and became a magnet for immigrants from Cuba, Spain, Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe. Visitors can still find skilled artisans rolling cigars the same way they have the beginning.
4 p.m. – Rest hotel – shower & change for dinner
6 p.m. – Pre-dinner cocktails at EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
1207 S. Howard Ave.
Take in the beautiful Tampa Bay sunset at EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge at the boutique Epicurean Hotel. This chic bar experience includes crafted cocktails using fresh fruits, herbs and spices and an impeccable wine list. Enjoy light bites as you experience the vibrant mood of this sophisticated hot spot.
7 p.m. – Dinner at Elevage
1207 South Howard Avenue
The Epicurean Hotel was designed with food lovers in mind, from the kitchen theatre to the food-based spa treatments. Led by Executive Chef Adam Hyatt, the hotel’s signature restaurant – Elevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar – presents a concise menu that is an inspired by a variety of cultures including Indian, Mediterranean, Asian and more.
Take a bite of Tampa Bay’sculinary history at Goody Goody, which began life as one of America’s first drive-in restaurants. The restaurant has been reborn as a modern diner, but the menu and the decorations are rooted in its earliest days, featuring classic diner breakfasts, the historic POX burger, and melt-in-your-mouth butterscotch pie.
Tampa’s 1st “Pour-Your-Own” candle experience. Located in Hyde Park Village, The Candle Pour offers over 100 scent options and thousands of combinations for you to experiment with in creating your own unique candle. We also offer other pour-your own products including reed diffusers, body spray, room spray linen spray and wax melts.
Hyde Park, a neighborhood of walkable, tree-covered streets known for its meticulously preserved Arts-and-Crafts bungalows dating from the 1920s. Hyde Park Village is an open-air shopping district within the neighborhood.
Tampa Bay’s latest outdoor and entertainment destination, Sparkman Wharf. Located in the Channel District along the Garrison Channel, enjoy a new type of dining experience housed in refurbished shipyard crates. This outdoor experience offers a lush one-acre park to enjoy friends, family, and even your furry friend. This is the perfect place to take in the great waterfront views, craft beer, live music, and exceptional dining.
2 p.m. – Choose your own adventure with the Riverwalk Attraction Pass
The Riverwalk Attraction Pass is a new program connecting the gems of the Tampa Riverwalk in one ticket offering discounts to users and raising the profile of Tampa’s downtown attractions. Initial attractions on the Riverwalk Pass are the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, the Henry B. Plant Museum, The Florida Aquarium, Glazer
and lunch. Food Network Magazine named Oxford Exchange the Most lnstagrammable Restaurant in Florida. Architectural Digest named it among the 50 Most Beautiful Independent Stores in the US.
5 p.m. – Meet at Sail Plaza to take Pirate Water Taxi to dinner
333 South Franklin Street
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Downtown’s bright yellow water taxis ferry visitors to destinations all along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel, providing a fun way to explore Tampa Bay from the water. A day pass lets visitors hop on and off as they wish.
A recent addition to the budding Tampa Heights neighborhood, Steelbach at Armature Works and Heights Market brings classic southern comfort to the bustling downtown area. Steelbach partners with local producers to raise and deliver its grass-fed beef along with fresh, handpicked vegetables that bring a variety of flavors to every dish.
With food that is meant to be shared, Steelbach has an open and friendly environment, perfect for nights out and weekend brunches.
Stylish and sophisticated, Oxford Exchange is housed in a historic building near the University of Tampa. In the years since it opened, the combination of restaurant, coffee bar, bookstore and home decor shop has become a popular place for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Food Network Magazine named Oxford Exchange the Most lnstagrammable Restaurant in Florida. Architectural Digest named it among the 50 Most Beautiful Independent Stores in the U.S.
10:30 p.m. – Depart home or to next destination
Dates of the trip: September 21-23, 2022
Number of participants to be chosen: 6-8
Applications due: June 8
See the wonderful tentative itinerary with this post for details on this trip.
Accommodations and local transportation to all activities will be covered. See the tentative itinerary for all meals and activities to be covered.
Transportation to Tampa from the conference will be covered.