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Saint Petersburg, FL 33733
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See You at New Smyrna Beach this Weekend
The New Smyrna Beach Cook and the Book Festival will take place May 17th and 18th beachside at the Coronado Civic Center on Flagler Avenue. The festival features cookbook author cooking demonstrations of a recipe from their books, meet and greets, cookbook sales and signings, door prizes, and the chance for audience members to eat the demo meals. Demonstrations begin at 11:30am on Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday.
On Saturday evening, local restaurants will host each one of the cookbook authors and feature additional items from their cookbook for diners to enjoy. This evening portion of the Cook and the Book festival begins at 7pm and the authors will be on hand at their host restaurant to chat with diners, with their books available for purchase and signing at each location as well.
The New Smyrna Beach Cook and the Book Festival is part of Spring Beach Weeks in New Smyrna Beach – 40 days of festivals in eight weeks from May 5th through July 5th. For a cooking demonstration schedule to a smart phone device, text “COOK” to 71441 and for special Beach Weeks/Cook and the Book festival accommodations call the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center at 1-800-541-9621.
New Smyrna Beach Cook and the Book Schedule:
SATURDAY MAY 17, 2014
11:30am – Jeffrey Spear
The First Coast Heritage Cookbook
Zesty Crab Cups and La Florida Stew
Paired with: Johnny’s Restaurant
414 Flagler Ave, NSB
1:00pm – Joyce LaFray
Paired with: Café Verde
301 Flagler Ave, NSB
2:30pm – Barbara Scott-Goodman
The Beach House Cookbook
Smoked Salmon Tartare with Dill Sauce and
Shrimp Salad with Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette
Paired with: Barracuda’s Bar & Grille
203 S. Atlantic Ave, NSB
4:00pm – Pam Brandon
Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida’s Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans
Salad with Lime Vinaigrette, Zucchini Pappadelle,
and Watermelon-Rose Ice Pops
Paired with: Spanish River Grill
414 Flagler Ave, NSB
SUNDAY MAY 18, 2014
1:30pm – Joyce LaFray
Key Lime Cookin’
Key Lime Baked Snapper
3:00pm – Chad Thilborger
A Whole Heap of Goodness
A Whole Heap of Jack Bread Pudding
Paired with: PJ’s Sea Shack
491 E Third Ave, NSB
Unique “Flavors of Ybor” Celebration in Tampa, Florida
Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter for more than a century, Ybor City is alive with an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds, but never more so than during the February celebration known as “Flavors of Ybor.” Here, visitors and residents alike can explore historic Ybor City in an exciting line-up of major events and activities.
On February 8, enjoy the 7th Avenue for the Krew of Knights of SantYago Knight Parade. The huge two-hour parade includes illuminated floats, costumed participants, marching bands and a potpourri of dancers and entertainers.
Originally begun as a day of rest for immigrant cigar workers, Fiesta Day on 7th Avenue is celebratedFebruary 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with ethnic food, exhibits, entertainment and traditional arts and crafts. Also on the same date Flan Fest features (11a.m to 4p.m.) more than 40 contestants competing for the title of Top Flan in Tampa Bay.The event takes place in the historic Centennial Park in the outdoor Ybor City Saturday Market where theirs a bevy of interesting booths.
At Gaspar’s Grotto, the annual Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil begins at 4 p.m. Spicy crawfish, potatoes, fresh corn and more culinary delights. This annual tradition marks the last night to eat richer before the Christian ritual of fasting for the start of the Lenten season.