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Taste of Pinellas Canceled for 2013

The 26th annual food and music festival is canceled until further notice.

Citing declining attendance and increasing expenses, All Children's Hospital and event organizers announced Friday that a Taste of Pinellas is officially on hiatus.

For the last 26 years, the food and music festival dedicated to raising money for All Children's Hospital is taking break. According to event organizers, the event is canceled for 2013 to "retool the event for future success." 

“While A Taste of Pinellas has enjoyed great success, we have also experienced a decline in overall attendance and an increase in expenses to run this three-day event,” said Cindy Rose, ACH Vice President of Marketing in a news release. “Today, there are many more community events and entertainment venues competing for the public’s time and money. We felt it was a good time to take a strategic look at all facets of the event to see if we can make it better for the future.”

In 2012, a Taste of Pinellas featured nationally recognized musical acts such as Big & Rich, All-American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional, Sheryl Crow and Ziggy Marley. 

According to a statement released Friday from the hospital, the break will "afford the opportunity to concentrate on how best to ensure that Taste is an event that everyone in the Bay Area wants to attend – so that it ultimately can continue to support the work of All Children’s Hospital.

"During the next year, the hospital will work with community and restaurant partners to develop a plan for a new “Taste” or a similar type of event that the community will enjoy. The goal is to have an event that brings people together to have a good time and celebrate the difference All Children’s makes to the lives of our community’s children."

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bob cabino April 08, 2013 at 05:00 PM
after reading all the above blogs, I simply have to say that I have enjoyed the Taste for the last 15 years of so that I have attended and never saw anything that was negative. liked when it was free but never understood how they could put on an event like this for free..for me, paying up to $15-20 is worth a full day of music, sun and fun, not to mention the food. my biggest issue is parking which is always a prob with any events held downtown, but you deal with it..The Clearwater Jazz Fest charged this past year for the first time and no one that I saw had a problem with it...lets hope the powers to be put this event back together again
Babak April 08, 2013 at 05:08 PM
"For me Taste of Pinellas was generally tasteless." Much like a pathetic attempt at humor. My third grader can think of a more clever opener.
Shirl A. Hannigan November 14, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I loved the Taste of Pinellas back when it was a Strub Park, when it went to Vinoy, the people that were in charge in which I knew some of them cause my husband at the time had a booth, they were never happy, always wanting more money and it was supposed to be for the people to come in and listen to the music, buy some samples of food and go to a good cause. All the vendors work for free and come out and use their time off work to work in the hot, long days for a good cause and help raise money and taking money out of their pockets to promote their food. Unless you help work with those vendors, you wouldn't know this, so all the money that's raised does not go toward the children, a big part goes to the guy who was putting it together and all his staff and then the band gets their share and they also came around to all the tents and made us give bottles of wine, food, etc out of our stash for the bands. The bands had free food and wine, etc. from the vendors and they got nothing. So, yea, the event was canceled due to attendance because of gouging the people for more money for the admission and smaller size samples and learning like me that the money was not all going towards the children. A lot of the vendors started pulling out because they were sick of the way it was run and nothing but hard work for them and it was not helping them get noticed and it wasn't fun to do, anymore when they saw how the money was being used.

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