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Two top events kick off the city’s festival season

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CLEARWATER — It might still be winter, but that doesn’t keep crowds from attending two big events that showcase the city’s finest attributes in February.
 
Culinary beachside adventure of food and wine returns for its third year  
 
The third annual food and wine extravaganza, Clearwater Beach Uncorked, is Feb. 8-9 from 1-5 p.m., beachside in front of Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa on South Gulfview Blvd.
 
More than 5,500 wine lovers are expected for the two day affair.
 
The event is sponsored by Bright House Networks, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, Publix, the City of Clearwater, Visit St. Pete Clearwater, Gulf Seafood, the Clearwater Regional Chamber, Clearwater Beach Chamber, and Tampa Bay Beaches.
 
A grand tasting village will include samplings from the area’s top restaurants, wine from more than 100 wineries and an exciting array of micro-brews and craft beers. A dessert tent will showcase sweets, pastries and fine chocolates.
 
Guests will have the option of purchasing a general admission ticket for $85 or opt for a premium VIP experience available on Saturday for $125.
 
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.clearwaterbeachuncorked.com. 
 
Clearwater Beach Uncorked will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Funds will be used to develop academic programs, scholarships, research grants and campus infrastructure.
 
Head to Clearwater Harbor for the annual Sea Blues Festival
 
Get ready to satisfy your seafood cravings with some of the best blues music around at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Feb. 15-16 at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.
 
This year’s headlining artists, Robert Cray Band and Vintage Trouble, will perform Feb. 15, along with Peter Karp and Sue Foley, Marquise Knox and The Lauren Mitchell Band. On Feb. 16, Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds will be the headliner. Also performing will be Ana Popovic, Eric Lindell, Samantha Fish, and Steve Arvey and the Delta Swamp Rats.
 
Bring a blanket, chairs and settle along the Clearwater Harbor in Coachman Park. General admission tickets are free. Reserved seating directly in front of the stage is also available.
 
In conjunction with the festival, the third annual Blues Walk will be held on Cleveland Street Feb. 14.  This restaurant crawl event will kick off the weekend festival with live blues music from 6-11 p.m.  Participating downtown restaurants will offer “sea-blues” themed dinner and drink specials. 
 
For more information, visit www.clearwaterseablues.com.

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