More than 7,000 people were expected today at downtown's
"We want it to grow," said
It is the second year for the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, put on by promotions company Big City Events. The event, which attracted about 5,000 people last year, expanded into
The 80 bartenders are going through about 18,000 pounds of ice, 2,600 bottles of tequila and a truckload of mixers. Organizers estimate 40,000 margaritas will be concocted throughout the event, which lasts until
While live bands perform on stage, festival-goers meander around the park or lounge on picnic blankets or in lawn chairs.
"There's a watermelon one that's very good," Rayburn said.
In the VIP area,
The mango jalapeno and peach cobbler were good, but prickly pear was their favorite, they said.
Offutt ran in the Color Me Rad 5K at the
"I burned so many calories this morning," he said. "I'm good for a drink fest."
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