This year, the Taste of New Tampa 2012 will be held at the Shops of Wiregrass (Wiregrass Mall) on Sunday, March 11, noon-6 p.m. In collaboration with Your Community News, this is the 19th annual Taste of New Tampa Business and Health Expo which is the main membership drive event for the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Every year, restaurants flock from Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Lutz, Land O’Lakes and surrounding areas to set up a booth and offer small tastes of several menu items. Previously held at Wharton High and other locations throughout New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, this year’s Taste of New Tampa will be sure to have more event participation, since it is the first year the Taste will be held at the Shops of Wiregrass, located at the northeast corner of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. and S.R. 56, approximately 1 mile east of Interstate 75.

As usual, the Chamber will pre-sell the tickets, but with a twist! This year, the Taste of New Tampa will use technology to help with ticket presales. Text message marketing codes will be in place, along with QR Code Marketing, to allow attendees to purchase their tickets online. Both of these marketing vehicles will be just one more way that consumers can use technology, get a discount and, best of all, avoid the long lines. Valpak, YCN (Your Community News), as well as the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce will run separate text numbers in each advertisement.

The presale ticket promotion is that if you buy 15 Taste admission tickets, you’ll get three free tickets. You can text TONT to 41242 to start the process! Presale locations in the New Tampa area also will pre-sell tickets, including Cherry Berry Frozen Yogurt in The Walk at Highwoods Preserve (the same plaza as Best Buy).

We expect the crowd on Sunday March 11 (weather permitting) to be upwards of 6,000-8,000 people with the reach extending to the Wesley Chapel community, as well as Land O’Lakes and Lutz, attracting people who may not normally come to the event. So, be sure to order your tickets online or pick them up at a pre-sale location!

Come out and experience the food, meet the local business owners and local artists while you enjoy live entertainment at the 2012 Taste of New Tampa. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

The New Tampa Chamber is currently accepting applications for Sponsors, Restaurants, Vendors and Artists for the 2012 Taste. To download application forms, please visit the Taste of New Tampa 2012 Official Website at This is the only website where you can access official information from the Chamber regarding New Tampa’s largest single-day event.

For more information about tickets sales, please also visit the Taste of New Tampa 2012 Official Website at Kindly note that the Chamber is currently experiencing a large number of calls and emails. Please refer to the Chamber or Taste of New Tampa websites for information before contacting the Chamber. We appreciate your patience while we do our best to return all calls and emails personally.

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