Taste of South Tampa Tickets Giveaway - ENDED

Ooh - this is going to be yummy! 

Sunday, April 13th is the 9th Annual Taste of South Tampa outdoor festival. From 1-4 pm a section of Hyde Park Village in Tampa, Florida will be closed and traffic will be replaced by a fun foodie block party! Dozens of local restaurants are providing their tastiest treats. Plus a variety of beverages including coffee, wine, beer and spirits will be available for sampling. Here are some of the participants:

Anaar Bar & Grill
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Big Crush Slush Company 
Blue Water Grill (@ Holiday Inn)
Brew Bus Brewing
Buddy Brew Coffee
Carne ChopHouse
China Mist Tea
Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Crispers South Tampa
Fish Hawk Spirits
GrillSmith Restaurants
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Irish 31 Pub & Eatery
Kahwa Coffee
Keely & Curley Winery
Kona Grill
MacDinton’s Irish Pub
Press Box Sports Emporium
PRP Wine International
Shell's Seafood
Terra Sur Restaurant & Bar
The Florida Distillery
Two Henry’s Brewing Company

And this luscious list of contributors is still growing! Keep up with the latest additions on these TOST social media accounts :


The Taste of South Tampa is a fundraiser hosted by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Some proceeds from ticket sales fund their programs. Another portion of the proceeds will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries, who also benefits from a canned food drive held during the event.

I am really looking forward to this family friendly fair! There will be live entertainment, and (unlike some other festivals) kids and pets are welcome. There is a Pet Zone for your four legged friends, and my son is super excited about the Family Fun Zone.  Personally, I am happy that he can't wait to try some new foods; he tends to be a picky eater, so the huge variety and party atmosphere are a big plus.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, attendees also get to vote for their favorite treats. So, nibble away and then play food critic. The top three restaurants will be awarded "Best of the Taste of South Tampa prizes, plaques, and bragging rights."

Tickets to this afternoon of free samples, festive folks and fun times are $35 in advance ($45 day of event), with discounts for military, seniors and folks under 21. Kids under 10 are free. You can purchase tickets at this link.

Feeling Lucky? Enter the giveaway below and you might win 2 Taste of South Tampa tickets! On April 3rd one random reader of Artsnark's Artifacts will be selected to attend this lively April 13th event. 

Please note, I have received an extra pair of tickets for my use in exchange for hosting this random drawing and reviewing the event.

Hope to see you there - it is going to be a fun (& tasty) day!

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What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 250

My workdesk moves around, especially on the rare occasion that I have the house to myself for a few hours. Today my scribbling space has sprawled into the dining room. 

I was tossing out some old drawings today & came across an ancient pinup gal. She brought to mind the Illustration Friday prompt from a few weeks ago "Spark" so I decided to jazz her up a bit some splashes of color.

Topped her off with some interference blue acrylic squiggles but having a hard time photographing them. I'll try shooting outside tomorrow. Sometimes the natural light makes all the difference.

 It is a fun color, appearing clear or white when seen from the front but turns blue or purple when you change your viewing angle. Unfortunately the phone's camera just isn't capturing what my eye is seeing tonight. Overall I'm not to thrilled with this doodle but did have fun making it.

So, what are you working on today? Share a photo of your desk and link up to the WOYWDW blog hop over at Stamping Ground.  Be sure to visit a few other worktables while you are there - it is always fun to see what everybody is getting up to.


Music Monday - l'heure grise

Still saturating my brain with  Beck's latest, Morning Phase. Tonight it was the perfect soundtrack for my post-storm evening walk.

We enjoyed one of those long overdue deluges that bend the trees and overflow the gutters. 

Then everything was soggy and still. The sensible folks were in their homes instead of tromping through puddles.

Never accused of being sensible, I had the world to myself. I sometimes forget how wonderfully quiet life can be.

What music has started your week? Why don't you hop aboard XmasDolly's Music Train and join the weekly blog-hop. Post & share your favorite tunes, or stop over and find something new to listen to. Either way, it is always a fun ride.


What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 249

It has been forever since I've posted for "What's on your workdesk Wednesday"! Actually, it feels like forever since I've had time to get my craft on. My room is in a state of upheaval as I (once again) tuck in and try to make some sense of everything.... so today's playtime play is happening at my computer desk. 

love this chart that has been making the rounds online
Last summer a dozen plant photos on canvas printed poorly. Rather than toss the misprints I set them aside, only uncovering them last weekend while cleaning. I found some time today to have a go with my beloved Pitt Pens and Derwent pencils. I'm pretty happy with how it is coming along so far. What do you think?

What imaginative impulses are you feeling today? Want to share your work station with fellow creative crafters? We would love to see what you are up to!

To play a long, post a photo of your work table online. Then add a link over at Stamping Ground. While you are there be sure to visit other folks and check out what they are making today. You will see some amazing projects, perfect organization, whirlwind messes... and everything in between. 

It is all in good fun! Hope you see you (+/or your space) soon.