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Oct 28, 2014

Bring Your Biggest Appetite to the 28th Annual Zoofari at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

On Saturday, November 8, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is serving up one of the biggest, tastiest and “wildest” all-inclusive food festivals in the Bay area known as Zoofari, presented by Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. The annual fundraising feast benefits animal care, education programs and global conservation initiatives of the Zoo, a nonprofit organization.

All-Inclusive Fundraising Feast Benefits Animal Care and Education Programs

TAMPA, Fla. (October 28, 2014) — On Saturday, November 8, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is serving up one of the biggest, tastiest and “wildest” all-inclusive food festivals in the Bay area known as Zoofari, presented by Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. The annual fundraising feast benefits animal care, education programs and global conservation initiatives of the Zoo, a nonprofit organization.

For one ticket price, guests can go on a sampling safari of more than 50 great tastes of Tampa Bay, enjoy open bars, browse the “Art Safari” art auction, and groove to live music throughout the event featuring long time Florida-rocker Greg Billings with The Greg Billings Band on the main stage. The VIP Rhino Club, presented by Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, offers early entry and exclusive use of the beautiful Safari Lodge and outdoor plaza.

Here’s a “taste” of some returning favorites: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Blondie’s Cookies, The Brunchery Restaurant & Catering, Blue Bell Creameries, Centre Club, Chantilly Cakes, FirstWatch, Kona Grill, LongHorn Steakhouse, Louis Pappas Market Café, McAlister’s Deli, Papa John’s Pizza, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Texas de Brazil, Yacht StarShip and more. Zoofari guests will also be introduced to several newcomers: Bernini, Carne Chop House of Ybor City, Cigar City Brewing, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Ducky’s, Hula Bay Club, Tequilas of Ybor and more.

The array of savory samples is complemented by great live music from buzzworthy Florida bands. Guests can groove to live music from The Greg Billings Band with its distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm and blues. The event also includes a talented roster of artists in locations throughout the event, including: Shaun Hopper, John Kelly Band, Ari & the Alibis, Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones, Caribbean Cowboys and Allon Sams.

For guests seeking to get a head start or host a group at the event, a limited number of tickets are available in the VIP Rhino Club, presented by Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners. VIP tickets offer early event entry at 6 p.m. and exclusive use of the beautiful Safari Lodge and outdoor plaza. Individual Rhino tickets are $135 online, or group packages are available by calling 813-935-8552 ext. 275.

General admission tickets start at $65 and are available online at www.LowryParkZoo.org/Zoofari, by phone 813-935-8552 ext. 329, at the Zoo’s ticket windows during regular business hours of 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the door the night of the event.

The Zoo gratefully acknowledges presenting sponsor Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, Rhino Club host Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, as well as additional sponsors who make this event possible: Ai3 Advanced Imaging & Interventional Institute, AT&T, Beef O’ Brady’s, Bright House Networks, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, CORT Business Services Corporation, Dex Imaging, J.P. Morgan, Melitta USA, Mosaic Company, Ovations Food Services, Stella Artois, Stephen Gould Corporation, TD Bank, TECO Energy, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tres Agaves Tequila, Winn Dixie and Yolo Rum.

The Zoo will close at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, for set up of Zoofari, which takes place rain or shine. Animals are not on exhibit during the event. Due to the nature of the event and number of guests in attendance, strollers are not permitted. For updates, visit www.LowryParkZoo.org/Zoofari and www.facebook.com/Zoofari.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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