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Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Therefore, it is part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the “Tampa Bay Area”. A major business center, it’s also known for its museums and other cultural offerings.
The culinary scene from small cafes and bakeries to bistros and farm-to-table restaurants is diverse in Tampa. Most noteworthy, the food of Tampa has a history of Cuban, Spanish, Floribbean and Italian cuisines. Besides that, there are also many Colombian, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese and barbecue restaurants. Seafood is very popular in Tampa, and Greek cuisine is prominent in the area, including around Tarpon Springs. Additionally, food trucks are popular, and therefore, the area holds the record for the world’s largest food truck rally.
The city of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches and even more. One of the most well known and anticipated events are those from Tampa’s annual celebration of “Gasparilla”, particularly the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a mock pirate invasion held in late January or early February.
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