Celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, I was flown out from Austin Texas, to Tampa Florida to provide event photography for 813area and Big City Events. This is my third year in a row to cover the festival and it has quickly grown to be one of my favorites!
I arrived to the festival mid afternoon, picked up my all access badge and photo/shoot list from 813area. First on the list was to capture photos of staff and personel, so who better to start with than the company that who hired me? :D
It was time to get started on this list, it was a pretty long and after reading it I decided that I needed a drink! There were so many different kinds of margarita's to order from, where does one even start? So I started at the beginning of the list and worked my way down. (Recently, Tampa Bay Margarita Festival wrote an article about 10 different margarita's, read about it here.) I have to admit, there wasn't a single margarita that I didn't like, everything was delicious!
This year's musical line up included The Getbye, The Whole Damn Mess, Ries Brothers, Ript and headlining the show was the Barenaked Ladies! I didn't get an opportunity to photograph all of the bands, but here are a few I was able to capture. All the bands performed great, lots of high energy and dancing with margarita's in hand, it was a lot of fun! :)
And of course the audience had a great time this year. I believe there might have been a few issues last year with how customers purchased drinks and with extended long lines to place drink orders. Thankfully, that error was corrected and everything ran pretty smoothly this year. :) I had such a good time at this year's event, I hope I get invited to come out again for next year! Here are a few images through out the park during the Margarita Festival.
That wraps up this edition of my blog, I hope you enjoyed reading and checking out the photos I captured this year. If you would like to view all of the photos captured by 813area, (I believe all of the photographers dropped their photos into one big gallery) you can click on this link here!
I would like to give a shout out to 813area / Myarea Network for inviting me for my third year, a special thanks to Big City Events, all of the bands that came out and performed, the food sponsors and of course all of the liquor sponsors! By the way, my favorite margarita was the Kiwi Margarita, if you attended, what was your favorite? Would love to hear from you guys and until next time, I wish you all the very best!