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Taste of Pinellas back from hiatus with Pat Benatar, Blues Brothers


Published:   |   Updated: March 11, 2014 at 03:29 PM

The Taste of Pinellas went on hiatus nearly two years ago, but if you’re a fan of disco, ‘80s arena rock and sunglasses-wearing duos “on a mission from God,” it has probably been worth the wait.

The food and music festival returns May 9 and 10 with performances by Pat Benatar, KC and the Sunshine Band and The Blues Brothers with Dan Akroyd and Jim Belushi. Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Loverboy are also set to perform at the festival in Albert Whitted Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

There’s food, too, of course. The festival will feature a lineup of local restaurant’s serving tastes of their signature dishes, a news release said, though no specific restaurants have been announced yet.

Taste of Pinellas, which raises funds for All Children’s Hospital, took a year off in 2013 after 26 years of bringing food and concerts to downtown St. Petersburg. With sagging attendance and soaring costs, organizers said they needed time to regroup and retool the festival.

“Although it has been a mainstay on the must-do calendar for years, modern touches will be evident to the 2014 festival-goer,” a news release announcing the return of the festival said.

The festival will also include a fireworks show, a free Family Fun Zone at the Mahaffey Plaza and other family-friendly activities.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster outlets, Rally stores, the All Children’s Hospital main lobby gift shop or The Mahaffey Theater box office. Daily general admission tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 at the gate. VIP tickets will cost $75 and include complimentary beverages, snacks and access to private restrooms. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

More information is available at the Taste of Pinellas website.

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