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Renaissance Festival kicks off 35th season
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The Bay Area Renaissance Festival begins Feb. 23 and 24 and continues weekends through April 7.
TAMPA The Bay Area Renaissance Festival begins its 35th season with Wine, Chocolate, and Romance Feb. 23 and 24 and continues weekends through April 7.

Journey back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. Experience live armored jousting, 12 stages of entertainment, shopping, fun and food for the whole family.

Theme weekends for the 2013 season are:

Feb. 23-24: Wine, Chocolate & Romance

Chocolate Festival
Free Wine Tasting
Cupcake Wars
Grape Stomp at 12:30 p.m.
Fudge Fling at 1 p.m.
Sweet Stroll at 1:30 p.m.
Wooing Contest at 3 p.m.
Couple's Chocolate Pie Eating Contest at 3:30 p.m.

March 2-3: Highland Fling

Highland Games
Celtic Village
Free Beer Tasting
Highland Dancers
Jig for Your Supper at 11:30 a.m.
Meatball Eating Contest at 1 p.m.
Men in Kilts Competition at 3 p.m.
Cabbage Toss at 4:30 p.m.

March 9-10: Buccaneer Beer Fest

Pet Fest
Pet Vendors
Free Beer Tasting
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Pet Costume Contest
Arm Wrestling Championships
Trader's Port
Swab the Deck at 11 a.m.
Perfect Pirate Contest at 12:30 p.m.

March 16-17: Shamrocks & Shenanigans!

Highland Heavy Games
Free Beer Tasting
Celtic Village
Mashed Potato Eating Contest at 1 p.m.
Men in Kilts Competition at 3 p.m.

March 23-24: Wonders of the World

State Royal Archery Championships
Free Beer Tasting
World Market
Sing for Your Supper at 11:30 a.m.
Grape Stomp at 1 p.m.
Egg Roll Eating Contest at 2 p.m.
Florida State Belly Dance Championships at 3 p.m.
Steampunk Costume Contest

March 30-31: Fiesta Festival

Fencing Championships
Flamenco Dancers
Mariachi Bands
Latino Market
Latin Easter Service
Taco Eating Contest

April 6-7: High Seas Adventure

BBQ Championships
Free Wine Tasting
Tattoo Expo
Tattoo Contest at 3 p.m.
Trader's Port
Swab the Deck at 11 a.m.
Press-A-Wench at 12:30 p.m.
Perfect Pirate Contest at 1 p.m.
Pickle Pie Eating Contest at 2:30 p.m.

Other Events

Live Mermaid

Live Armored Jousting

Live Human Combat Chess

Free Crafts in the Childrens Realm daily

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is located at MOSI in Tampa. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is free.

Cost is $18.95 for adults; $10.95 for children, ages 5 to 12; $14.95 for seniors, age 65 and up. Discount tickets available at participating Walgreens, Circle K stores and online at www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com.
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