Seemingly disparate festivals coexist in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — The downtown Riverwalk was awash with two distinct flavors on Saturday.

At Fort Cotanchobee Park at one end of the waterside trail, hundreds of foodies came to sample vegetarian and vegan fare from dozens of organic, eco-friendly and nutritious vendors at Tampa Bay Veg Fest.

At the other end, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, hundreds more people came to Tampa Pig Jig, an annual barbecue cook-off and concert.

The crowds at both events, separated by about one mile of the Tampa riverfront, managed to coexist — perhaps because the festivals aim to offer something for nearly everyone.

Eric ReadingerComment