Taste of Pinellas after a two year hiatus is back May 9 – 10 in downtown St. Petersburg to thrill your taste buds and fill your ears with great rock n roll.

This family friendly two-day event at Albert Whitted Park will feature food from some of the best restaurants in Pinellas country and live music from big name artists like Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby, Loverboy and KC and the Sunshine Band. There will even be a family fun-zone with a rock climbing wall, bounce house, inflatables, face painting, arts and crafts and more.

Here’s our preview of the best things to know about this tasty event in downtown St. Petersburg. – By Barbara Ann



Dates: Fri & Sat  May 9-10, 2014
Albert Whitted Park
480 Bayshore Dr. SE.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Tickets – General Admission Adult Ticket: $22.50 advance and $25 at the gate. Children under 12 are free if accompanied by a paying adult; one child per adult. Purchase advance tickets online by clicking HERE or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased in person at these locations: Local Rally stores, the gift shop at All Children’s Hospital or The Mahaffey Theater Box Office.

Times – Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled at 10 p.m. The park will be cleared and closed by 11 p.m.

Parking – There are designated city garage and remote parking lots in a number of areas around downtown St. Petersburg and a free shuttle service that will pick you up and bring you back to specific locations.

Shuttle – The St. Petersburg Trolley is providing a bus equipped with a wheelchair lift and a mini bus to transport people to and from the Taste of Pinellas festival. Service hours are Friday, May 9 from 3-11:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 from 2:30-11:30 p.m. Pick up is approximately every 10 minutes.

Shuttle stops are:

  • Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field parking lot: east side of First Street just south of First Avenue S)
  • Sundial (formerly BayWalk) parking garage: east side of First Street mid-block between First Avenue N and Second Avenue N
  • Bayshore Drive: west side of Bayshore Drive just north of The Mahaffey Theater

Food – Food is NOT included in General admission tickets. Estimated cost $2 to $12.

Do we purchase food tickets ahead of time or on site?

No food tickets are needed. Food vendors will accept cash. Some restaurants may accept credit cards.There will be an ATM on-site.


The Lineup – Friday headliners are: Loverboy, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Saturday’s are: KC and The Sunshine Band and The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi.  * There will be NO signings or meet and greets

Stage Times

4 p.m. T.C. Carr’s All Star Bolts of Blue Band
5 p.m. Loverboy
6:30 p.m. Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
8:30 p.m. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
3:30 p.m. Dan Orlando Band
5 p.m. The Black Honkeys
6:30 p.m. KC and The Sunshine Bandd
8:30 pm. The Blues Brothers


Restaurants at the Taste Of Pinellas

400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, St. Petersburg
1200 Chophouse, St. Pete Beach
Central Avenue Oyster Company, St. Petersburg
Crabby Bill’s, Indian Rocks Beach
The Daiquiri Shak, Madeira Beach
Flippers Pizzeria, St. Petersburg
Fresh Go, St. Petersburg
Hahn’s Kettle Corn
The Hangar, St. Petersburg
The Hideaway, St. Petersburg
Hooker Tea Co., St. Petersburg
Hungry Howie’s, St. Petersburg
Island Flavors and Tings, Gulfport
Jackie’s on Corey, St. Pete Beach
Madfish, St. Pete Beach
Mickey’s Snack, St. Petersburg
Mookie’s Kettle Corn
Murray’s Chicago Deli, Pinellas Park
Parkshore Grill, St. Petersburg
Pipo’s Café, St. Petersburg
Sea Breeze Island Grill, Redington Shores
Snappers Sea Grill, St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Concessions, St. Petersburg
Stefano’s Gelato

Prohibited Items

Outside food and beverages
Pets (service animals are permitted)
Tarps, tents or flags
Professional recording equipment
Professional cameras
Stuffed animals