On March 3rd, St Pete Pride hosted the Taste of Pride at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. The fundraiser featured restaurants and bars from around the region who sampled tasty morsels and delicious drinks to raise money for the 501(c)3 organization’s upcoming Pride season.

Although the event has been hosted in previous years, the organization hadn’t hosted Taste of Pride recently and brought it back this year. The support for the event was overwhelming, with nearly 500 attendees and over twenty participating restaurants.

Reminiscing on the evening, Interim Executive Director Luke Blankenship said his favorite moment of the night was “giving out the ‘Top Trophy’ (pun intended) to Flying Boat Brewing,” which was voted on by attendees as the favorite tasting of the evening. “They are a new business and they are an LGBT-friendly brewery. It was a nice touch to the event, highlighting a new lgbt friendly establishment in the area.”

According to their website, the Flying Boat Brewing Company pays homage to the history of commercial flight in St Petersburg by “boldly brewing new and exciting beer in the cradle of modern aviation.”

Blankenship hopes to bring Taste of Pride back to the Coliseum next year and says, “there is room to grow in the Coliseum,” including space for more vendors. Participating vendor were required to bring samples to taste, but were alleviated of paying additional fees or insurance. That was all handled by St. Pete Pride.

Next up for St Pete Pride is the Pride Pageant, which will take place on May 20th at Quench (details coming soon).

St Pete Pride also hosts the annual Red and Green Party during the Christmas season, another annual fundraiser for the organization.

To learn more about St. Pete Pride, or to support the organization, click here.