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Award-Winning Vendor Food Row Returns To Gasparilla Music Fest

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TAMPA, FL — While nationally known musicians are the entree, the Gasparilla Music Festival’s appetizers are the top chefs, restaurants and food vendors that make up the festival’s award-winning food vendor row, dubbed Calle Cocina.

Presented by Coppertail Brewing Co. Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, GMF’s features both innovative and traditional street fare prepared by local, independently owned and operated restaurants.

Ty Rodriguez, co-owner of Tampa’s Rooster & the Till, is back at the helm as GMF’s food and beverage director.

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“We are excited to announce this year’s Calle Cocina lineup,” said Rodriguez. “We have an amazing lineup of festival favorites along with some new faces for 2022.”

GMF has added five new operators to this year’s lineup – Big Red BBQ, Blind Tiger Coffee, Chill Bros Scoop Shop (Sunday Kids Fest only), Clam Master Jay, and Coppertail Brewing Co. These additions round out one of the most diverse food festivals in the state and offer a broad slice of Tampa’s ever-growing food scene.

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Joining the new restaurants are returning festival favorites; Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Cafe Hey, Cena, Dough Nation, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe, Ichicoro, The Independent, Kona Ice, Lolis Mexican Cravings, Nebraska Mini Mart, Shadrach’s Fiery Furnace, and Whatever Pops.

Big Red BBQ

New this year is Big Red BBQ

The GMF 2022 beverage program is led by Tampa’s award-winning Coppertail Brewing Co., which has quickly become the largest privately owned brewery in Florida.

And one of GMF’s founding partners, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, returns for the 11th year.

Other 2022 partners include Tampa’s Dark Door Spirits craft distillery, Canteen/Cantina ready to drink cocktails, Funky Buddha seltzers, and Liquid Death canned water. All of these beverages are served throughout the general admission and VIP areas of the festival.

2022 Food Vendors

Big Red BBQ – BBQ Sundaes & Boiled Peanuts

Big Ray’s Fish Camp – Grouper Sandwiches & Peel and Eat Shrimp

Blind Tiger – Coffee

Cafe Hey – Cuban Sandwiches & Vegan Truffle Mac & Cheese

Cena – Philly Cheese Steaks & Griddled Bologne Sandwich

Chill Bros Scoop Shop – Ice Cream (Sunday Kids Fest only)

Clam Master Jay – New England Shrimp Roll

Coppertail Brewing Co. – House Argentinian Chorizo with Chimichurri

Dough Nation – Cookie Dough & Ice Cream

Ella’s Folk Art Cafe – Saucy Boy Ribs and Tamari Slaw.

Ichicoro – Japanese Curry Hot Dog & Gangchu Hot Dog

The Independent – French Fries & Pierogi

Kona Ice – Shaved Ice & Novelty Ice Cream

Lolis Mexican Cravings – Tacos

Nebraska Mini Mart – Kick Ass Vegetarian (or Not) Nachos

Shadrach’s Fiery Furnace – Wood Fired Pizza

Whatever Pops – Gourmet Ice Pops

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