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Grumpy Cat Video Premiere

Join us for one of the most-star studded cat gatherings ever assembled, headlined by world-renowned Grumpy Cat. The official Friskies® ‘spokescat’ is the star of the newest BuzzFeed video, Happiness Finds Grumpy Cat, and she has invited her feline mascot friends to join her for the premiere at the iconic Tampa Theatre.

The video, slated for release on August 4, follows a loveable and excitable dog named Happiness, who recognizes Grumpy Cat in the aisles of a PetSmart. Happiness tries his best to meet Grumpy, but she tries her best to avoid Happiness at all costs.

Grumpy Cat’s five close feline mascot friends – DJ Kitty (Tampa Bay Rays), Sir Purr (Carolina Panthers), Stanley C. Panther (Florida Panthers), Kingston the Lion (Orlando City Soccer Club) and Aubie the Tiger (Auburn University) – will join her to celebrate the video launch.

Admission is free and no tickets are required, but seating is VERY limited. The first 150 people through the doors will receive a wrist band for an exclusive meet-and-greet with Grumpy Cat following the video premiere. Guests are permitted to begin lining up at 5:00pm, and doors will open at 5:45pm. Every guest entering the building will be required to sign a photo release waiver.

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95pt+ Wine Experience

Finally, WineFest wraps up on Thursday, Sept. 17, with the opportunity for a select number of wine enthusiasts to enjoy a 95 pt+ Wine Experience, presented by Bank of America. Each of the exquisite wine selections has been ranked 95 points or higher by leading industry publications, and dinner is included.

Wines present at the 95 pt+ Wine Experience include:

  • 2008 Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia
  • 2008 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
  • 2008 William Fevre Chablis Premier Cru Vaulorent
  • 2007 Les Bosquet Des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes
  • 2012 Les Bosquet Des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes
  • 2008 Le Piane Boca
  • 2004 Noon Winery Eclipse (South Australia)
  • 2005 Mollydooker Enchanted Path (South Australia)
  • 2008 Tabarrini Colle Grimaldesco, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
  • 2005 Azelia Barolo San Rocco
  • 2008 Serio and Battista Cannubi Barolo Riserva
  • 2010 Guido Porro Barolo
  • 2001 Chateau Rieussec 1er Grand Cru Sauternes. Rated 100 by both Wine Spectator (Wine of the Year when rated in 2004) and James Suckling, and rated 99  by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. 

Tickets are $250 and are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin Street, or online (service fees apply.)

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Wine Brunch

Just like a liger is like a lion and a tiger mixed, the Wine Brunch mixes breakfast fare catered by SONO Café and Mise en Place with mimosas, bellinis and a selection of light wines at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, presented by Smith & Associates Real Estate.

Tickets are $40 per person and are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin Street, or online (service fees apply.

Click here to view all of our WineFest sponsors! 

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Wine Pairing

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Theatre’s historic stage will be expanded to seat more than 200 for the elegant Wine Pairing at 6:30 p.m. presented by The Bank of Tampa. The multi-course menu, created and catered by Mise En Place chef Marty Blitz, will feature delectable small plates expertly paired with wines specific to each dish. Seating is limited, and tickets are $250 per person.

Tickets are available  at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin Street, or online (service fees apply.)

 

 

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Wine Tasting

On Friday, Sept. 11, a two-tiered Wine Tasting invites you to “Eat the FOOD” from several of Tampa’s most famous and flavorsome independent restaurants. Guests will have the opportunity to sample dozens of boutique wines and bid on premium silent auction items, while local eateries serve up their favorite fare.  Those confirmed so far include Anise Global Gastrobar, Ava, Bavaro’s, Busch Gardens, Catrina’s Cocina y Galeria, Cru Cellars, Ella’s Folk Art Café and Pane Rustica.

  • The Premium Tasting is from 7-8 p.m. and features exclusive wines for a limited audience. Tickets are $85 and include admission to the Grand Tasting.
  • The Grand Tasting is from 8-10 p.m., and tickets are $50.

Tickets are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin Street, or online (service fees apply.)

Click here to view all of our WineFest sponsors!