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St. Pete fest to welcome famous chefs, artists

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St. Petersburg and the Bay area festival of food, wine and arts is set to take place this weekend, so get your taste buds ready for " Enjoy Arts & Tastes".

The festival, taking place Nov. 15-17, will likely produce the largest group of celebrity chefs ever assembled on Florida's Gulf Coast. It is an unprecedented collaboration of the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area's business, hospitality and arts community leaders. Underwriters for the festival are Bill Edwards Presents, Inc., Home Shopping Network and Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

"We're excited about the Festival's partners and participants all joining forces to showcase the best that St. Petersburg and the Bay area have to offer." said Bill Edwards, Chairman of Bill Edwards Presents.

Headliners include renowned chefs like Duff Goldman, Masaharu Morimoto, Donatella Arpaia as well as Artist Duncan McClellan and food journalist and author Allen Salkin.

"The St. Pete/Clearwater area already enjoys an international reputation as a world-class beach destination, so one of the primary objectives of the Festival is to highlight our amazing array of arts and culinary offerings - most notably, the abundance of high-quality, Gulf-fresh seafood," added DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

Proceeds from the ticket sales for Enjoy Arts & Tastes will benefit Florida ProStart®, a program of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program for students interested in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

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