Summer of Rum Festival *Giveaway*

So you all remember the Bloody Mary Festival? How about the Margarita Festival? Now…are you ready for the Summer of Rum Festival? I know I am!

Big City Events is putting on their annual Summer of Rum Festival on Saturday, August 15 from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. It will be a day full of fun, music and of course, rum!

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The event will be held at the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City, where all three floors AND their outdoor patio area will be utilized for the festival. 


Cuban Club Main Street will be playing live music all day while guests visit the rum shacks and rum huts for fun rum drinks. The Top Floor Island Party is where all rum lovers should go for the rum tasting. You can try 40 different kinds of rum, including high end brands! Captain Morgan’s Pirate Cove will be serving Captain Morgan drinks and they’ll be playing pirate movies throughout the event. Arrr matey! There will also be a Mojito Cabana and a Frozen Drink Zone! 


With so much rum themed fun don’t you wish you could join? Well, you CAN! I’m giving away 2 pairs of general admission tickets for the Summer of Rum Festival. All you have to do is comment below with what your favorite rum based drink is! Two winners will be announced on Thursday, August 13 by 12 a.m. 


General admission tickets include admission to the Summer of Rum Festival. Drinks and food are all available for purchase at the event. To check out all the fun that will be had check out their website at

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Hope to see you there!

*Winners have been selected and contacted. Thank you for visiting!*

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival Recap

Disclaimer: I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival through Big City Events and the Tampa Bay Bloggers in exchange for a review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

This past Saturday I got to attend the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival thanks to Big City Events! 

Thanks to summer storms we weren’t actually sure we’d make it. The festival was from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. and to beat the heat of the day my friend Ashley and I decided to go in the evening. I also had my friends Nick and Katie come up from Cape Coral to join the fun! 

We left St. Pete around 5:30 p.m. and it was POURING. We crossed our fingers, hoping the bad weather was going south and that Tampa would be all clear. Luckily, it was!

Ashley and I had VIP tickets so when we got there we checked in and received these nifty wristbands.


These are RFID-enabled wristbands that made the festival cashless. Instead of fumbling for money at each vendor you could pay for food and drinks with just a swipe! Very, very cool and smart for a big festival. And it definitely made paying much easier!

Our VIP tickets got us access to the Grand Marnier VIP Experience, which was a huge tent that had unlimited margaritas. Of course, we headed there first.




Unfortunately, at 6:30 p.m. they were out of some of their mixers so the margarita types were limited. I ended up with the Prickly Pear and the Classic. The Prickly Pear was awesome! Not sure if it quite tasted like pear, but it was very good nonetheless. The Classic was a good mix of sweet and sour.



Nick and Katie visited some of the vendors and I got to try a sip of their pineapple margarita, which was fantastic! The festival was super crowded, but upon exploration we found an upper level that was much more low key, had tables, cornhole, seating areas, etc.



I really wanted to try some of the extreme margaritas that had been promoted, but the line was SUPER long so I had to forego it.

As for food there was a good variety of places to eat. For some reason I really wanted a hot dog and found an awesome hot dog vendor. Lots of yummy choices, and I ended up with the chili dog.


Unfortunately, we missed seeing Smash Mouth and the fireworks, but the other bands that were playing while we were there were really good and did a great job of keeping the crowd entertained.


Overall, the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival was a blast and I can’t wait to go again next year! Thanks again to Big City Events for providing me tickets! 

Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

Disclaimer: I received two free tickets for myself and a guest to attend the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival through the Tampa Bay Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

This past Sunday I was lucky enough to attend the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival thanks to Big City Events and the Tampa Bay Bloggers. As expected, it was bloody mary heaven.


It was a beautiful day in Tampa. A tad hot, but beautiful none the less. As soon as we arrived it seemed like a fun scene. There was live music, cornhole and of course lot’s of bloody Mary’s!


All of my favorite Tampa restaurants were there: Datz, Roux, Boca, Epicurean, Irish 31, Carmel, Ferg’s, SONO, Paddywagon and Acropolis. Each restaurant was striving for the coveted “Best Bloody Mary” and gave out a free sample of their blood’s.

With a general admission ticket you got one free full sized drink so we thought it was best to get our full sized drink to sip on as we waited in the lines for the samples. For the full sized bloody Mary’s the event used Tito’s and Zing Zang mix. I love Tito’s but these blood’s weren’t the best. It was a good starter, but nothing compared to the samples we were about to taste.


(I got a bit overzealous and got two so I wouldn’t have to wait in line again!)

Each restaurant had it’s own booth therefore each had it’s own line. The event was set up fairly well and the lines went pretty fast.

First on our list was Epicurean. A few friends we were with said it was their favorite so far.


Garnished with an amazing piece of pastrami cured salmon. It was good, but too spicy for my taste.


Next was Datz.


Oh ya…one thing that really set many of these blood’s apart were their garnishes. The more the better! This was a sweet pepper stuffed with smoked pastrami, bacon and a green bean. Also an olive stuffed with a pickle. And that thing little pretzel on the end? Yes, folks, that is a COMBO. Insert childhood nostalgia.


Datz used a bacon infused bloody mary mix, which tasted fantastic and made this bloody my favorite of the day.

Next was Roux who served their blood’s with hush puppies. Yum!


I really liked this bloody mary as well. It had a slow heat and the Cajun seasoning around the rim was perfection.


Believe it or not these were the only three I ended up trying. I love my bloody’s, but was getting bloodied out!

Thankfully there was also tons and tons of FOOD. In the form of food trucks no less.

I spotted the Bacon Boss food truck right when we walked in so I just had to get something from them.


Grilled cheese with bacon, tomato and ranch. De-lish. Seriously tasted like the grilled cheese of my childhood.


I’m so glad to have attended the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival…here’s to next year!

Did you attend the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival? If so, who had your favorite bloody mary?


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