Creative Loafing to Celebrate 27th Annual Best of the Bay with Awards Party

Creative Loafing to Celebrate 27th Annual Best of the Bay with Awards Party

For the 27th consecutive year, Creative Loafing will celebrate the Tampa Bay area's best local businesses, people, and places during Best of the Bay. Winners will be announced at Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Awards Party presented by Tampa Bay Rowdies at Mahaffey Theater (400 1st Street South in St. Pete) on Wednesday, September 27th, and in the annual Best Of The Bay issue online and in print on Thursday, September 28th.

Nominees were gathered during a month-long open nomination period. Nominations were received for a variety of categories featuring local businesses, people, and places. Categories are broken up into: People, Places & Politics, Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment, and Goods & Services. Voting for Best of the Bay 2017 is now open and continues through Wednesday, August 23rd, at

This year's Best of the Bay Awards Party will feature an awards ceremony and more than 25 food and drink sampling stations. Stay tuned for more information, including the food and drink sampling lineup. Tickets are on sale now at

General Admission tickets to the Best of the Bay Awards Party include unlimited food and drink sampling from more than 25 of the Tampa Bay area's best and entry into the Best Of Ceremony. GA Admission prices are $25 Early Bird (Now - Aug. 31st), $30 Adv. (Sept. 1st - Sept. 26th), and $35 Door (Sept. 27th).

VIP Admission includes unlimited food and drink sampling, a private VIP area where you can mix and mingle with some of Tampa Bay's key players, two drinks, passed hors d'oeuvres, a commemorative swag item, reserved seating for the Best Of Awards Ceremony, and more. VIP Admission prices are $100 Early Bird (Now - Aug. 31st), $110 Advance (Sept. 1st - Sept. 26th), and $120 Door (Sept. 27th)

Those interested in attending the Best Of The Bay Awards Party should save the date and RSVP to the Facebook event to stay in-the-know:

About Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing is an award-winning alternative, weekly newspaper and website committed to providing Tampa Bay with an independent perspective, up-to-the-minute local news, and a comprehensive listing of local happenings. Creative Loafing offers readers' unique monthly events and CL Deals, a locally focused platform featuring dining and event experiences at half-off their regular price. For more information about Creative Loafing, visit and

About Southcomm, Inc.
Formed in 2007, Southcomm Inc. is the nation's second-largest publisher of alternative weeklies, one of the largest publishing companies serving chambers of commerce, and with the Cygnus Business Media purchase in 2014, a significant player in the B2B publishing world. The Nashville-based company now owns more than 30 titles reaching millions of B2B professionals and consumers annually, via its diverse suite of print, digital, online and live-event products. The company has offices in Nashville, Tenn.; Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Kansas City, Mo.; Cincinnati; Tampa, Fla.; Arlington Heights, Ill.; and Florence, Ky. For more information, visit

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